Engineering Physics II


  2. A. Course Title: Engineering Physics II
    B. Course Number: PH 224 - 10069
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Keranen, Joel
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 232
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2820
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:45:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 3:30:00 PM-7:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 10:45:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Other office hours by appointment. I answer email and Canvas messages within 24 hours on weekdays.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): PH 214 and concurrent registration in MA 144.
    M. Corequisite(s): PH 224 L
    N. Class Location: HH127

    This is a continuation of PH 214, with a study of the principles and applications of heat, electricity, and magnetism. Concurrent enrollment in PH 224L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisite: PH 214


    This course transfers to most four-year colleges and universities. Please check with counseling to determine whether this course transfers for your degree.



    1) Ranking Task Exercises in Physics, O’Kuma, Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed. 2004 ISBN: 978-0131448513
    2) Matter and Interactions, Chabay and Sherwood, 4rth ed; by Wiley 2015. ISBN: 978-1118875865
    3) E&M TIPERs: Electricity & Magnetism Tasks, C. J. Hieggelke, D. P. Maloney, T. L. O'Kuma, Steve Kanim, Prentice Hall 2006 ISBN: 978-0131854994
    4) Real Time Physics Active Learning Laboratories Module 3 Electricity & Magnetism, David R. Sokoloff and Priscilla W. Laws, Wiley 2012. ISBN: 978-0470768891

    Calculator: A scientific calculator is required.


    Ruler and protractor.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

                                             90 - 100%      =       A
                                             80 -  89%      =       B
                                             70 -  79%      =       C
                                             60 -  69%      =       D
                                              0 -  59%      =       F

    Grading Weights:

    Attendance 4%

    Homework, Journals, and Quizzes 20% (Homework = 8%; Journals = 4%; Quizzes = 8%)
    4 Hour Exams = 33%
    Laboratory 20%

    Lab Project 5%
    Final Exam 18%
    Total Possible 100%

    Grading Policies

    Attendance: A grade is awarded for attendance in this class. Roll will be taken through a sign in sheet; if you fail to sign in you are considered absent. You will be given a 1 for attendance each day. If you are tardy, (15 min. late), or leave early the grade will drop to a ˝ and if you do not show up, you will receive a grade of 0 for that day.  (IF YOU ARE LATE FOR A Legitimate REASON, YOU NEED TO SHOW THE INSTRUCTOR A DOCUMENTED EXCUSE!) School sponsored activities, illness, and emergencies will not count against attendance if proper notification from Professor/Coach/Doctor/Parent/Etc. is given. All unexcused absences will cost you points. Students who have zero (unexcused) absences will be allowed to drop their lowest exam score and replace it with their highest exam score!

    Homework: Assignments will consist of problems assigned from the textbook, ranking task book, and the Tipers book. The problems will be graded for correctness and completeness.

    Journals: Journals will be required for text sections as assigned. The format of a journal entry is as follows:

    A) Main purpose(s) of this section.
    B) The most important information and concepts are . . .
    C) Muddiest point: what do you find most confusing about this section?
    D) Examples: give two solved example problems of this section. They do not have to be complicated problems.

    Biographical journals will have a format as follows:

    A) Biography of the scientist (should deal with physics!)
    B) The most important theory(ies) of the scientist is/are . . .
    C) How do you think this scientist has impacted our world?

    Quizzes: Quizzes may be given at any time. Always be prepared for a pop quiz. Take-home quizzes will also be given. Quizzes will be part of the homework grade.

    Exams: All exams (except the Final) will be given in the testing center in the Student Center. Tests will be given over a 5 day period (including weekends). The dates will be announced in class. Make-up exams will be given only for excused absences with notice.  All tests will be announced at least two class sessions before they are given.
    * On test days the students will be allowed to use notes on the exam!

    * Provide testing center staff with: 1) Government issued picture ID. 2) Course Name and Number. 3) Professor's Name. 4) Exam Number.

    Lab Policies: Laboratory attendance is required. You should bring a straight edge and a scientific calculator to lab. A lab report is due at the beginning of the following week's lab. The following shows the required format of a report:

    Title: Example: Electric Field Mapping.

    Introduction: State briefly what the goal of the experiment is. Use future tense. Examples: The purpose of this experiment is to demonstrate the vector nature of electric fields.  We will measure the length of a table.

    Procedure: Explain the steps you took in order to perform the experiment. In this part of the lab, use diagrams to show equipment used. Use past tense here and for the remainder of the lab. Example: A setup consisting of two voltmeters, conducting paper, two electrodes, wires, and probe, was used to map voltage lines and electric fields.  Figure 1 shows the apparatus. Etc......

    Data: In this part of the lab, show the data you obtained from the experiment. This is the place for tabulated data. Place data tables here.

    Analysis: State your result. State how you obtained your result. The result is obtained either by the use of a formula or by graphing. Show all graphs and calculations here.

    Error Analysis: Calculate the error of your result. This is performed either by use of a formula or graph. The graphical method would appear on a graph(s) of the preceding section.

    Conclusion: State briefly what was done in the lab and the result obtained. Example: A curved track and video camera was used to measure the acceleration due to gravity. We found the value of g to be 9.78 +/- 0.30 m/s^2. The accepted value is 9.80 m/s^2, giving experimental agreement.

    Each lab is worth 10 points. The lab report is worth 5 out of the ten points. Properly filled out data sheets are worth 5 points. The data sheets should be placed at the back of the report. The report should be typed on a computer.

    Pre-lab: Pre-labs are due at the beginning of the lab. You will be told if a pre-lab is required for next week’s lab. The format of a pre-lab is as follows:
    Main Purpose
    Key Concepts

    Lab Project: Assessment of some course objectives will be performed with a lab project. Students will spend some lab time and outside of class time, constructing a lab project. Near the end of the semester, the lab project should be completed. A completed lab project will consist of the following: 1) A built apparatus that demonstrates important physics concepts. 2) A demonstration to the class on how the apparatus works and concepts behind it. 3) A lab report on the project.

    It is recommended that you keep your homework, journals, and quizzes organized in a three-ring binder and have them with you each class session, so that you are prepared to ask questions about the homework, and for use in exam preparation.


    Final Exam: The Final Examination will be a comprehensive exam with a greater emphasis on the untested material. Typically, the PH224 final has 40% of the content as already tested material, and 60% of the content is untested material.
    * You will be allowed to use notes on the Final Exam.



    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of Engineering Physics II (PH224) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    Upon completion of PH224 the student should be able to:

    1) Demonstrate the concept of charge.
    2) Solve electric force and Coulomb’s Law problems.
    3) Draw electric field lines and equipotential lines.
    4) Demonstrate electric fields and Gauss’ Law. Determine the electric field and electric potential of certain charge distributions.
    5) Explain electric potential energy.
    6) Demonstrate and apply principles of the electric potential.
    7) Demonstrate the principles of electric circuits, including voltage, current, resistance, and capacitance.
    8) Demonstrate parallel and series circuits and electrical measurements.
    9) Solve simple circuits problems with Ohm's law and the power relation.
    10) Solve circuits problems using Kirchoff's laws.
    11) Solve capacitive and inductive circuits with resistors, as a function of time.
    12) Explain magnetic fields and demonstrate magnetic field lines.
    13) Solve magnetic field problems involving charge and current by use of the right hand rule.
    14) Explain and solve Ampere’s Law problems. Find the magnetic field of certain current carrying configurations.
    15) Demonstrate electromagnetic induction and induced emf problems with Lenz’s Law.
    16) Find the electric dipole moment and the magnetic dipole moment.
    17) Solve AC circuit problems and study AC circuit behavior in time.
    18) Demonstrate the relationship betweew potential and electric field.
    19) Demonstrate dielectrics in capacitors.
    20) Find the electrical energy of circuit elements in a circuit.
    21) Calculate the magnetic torque of a current carrying loop.
    22) Demonstrate Motional emf.
    23) Demonstrate charging and discharging conductors and insulators.
    24) Understand the nature of heat and temperature.
    25) Explain the three basic ways of heat transfer.
    26) Solve heat conduction problems.
    27) Perform laboratory experiments and hands-on explorations.
    28) Demonstrate data analysis in laboratory.
    29) Perform error analysis in experimental data analysis.
    30) Perform data collection with computer interfaces.
    31) Write standard format reports for laboratory experiments.


    Assistance: If you are having problems you are encouraged to come see me during my office hours, and there are tutors available, free of charge, in the Mansur Hall, Room 124. Contact them at 492-2623 for the free tutoring. You can get additional help for free online with Brainfuse at See the handout for more details. Also feel free to call me for help or see me for other methods of assistance. It is very important for you to seek help if you are having trouble.

    1) Cheating will not be tolerated.
    2) All students in this classroom are adults and will act as such. Disruptions in the class will not be tolerated. First Offense: student will be given a verbal warning. Second Offense: student will be asked to leave the room and lose attendance point for that day. Third Offense: a conference with the Dean will be necessary before the student may return to class.
    3) Cell phones and pagers will be turned off while you are in the classroom.


    Make-up Work: Make-up work will only be accepted if the student presents an acceptable excuse to the instructor. If late work is accepted, you will hand-in all of the late problem sets. After missing any class, you are responsible for getting the new assignments and completing the work before the next class meeting.




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    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

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    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
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    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

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    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  15. COURSE OUTLINE This outline for Engineering Physics is a tentative outline, subject to change at the discretion of the instructor

    This outline for Engineering Physics is a tentative outline, subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. 






    Introduction and Electric Fields

    Introduction, Safety, and Charging Objects by Various Methods

    Electric Fields Chap. 13 #1, 7, 14, 17, 21, 24, 27, 29, 31, 34, 37

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Electric fields and Matter.

    Lab 2: Electric Charges and Electrostatic Forces.

    Electric Fields Chap. 13 #39, 43, 48, 52, 55, 63

    Electric Fields Chap. 14 #8, 11, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Electric Fields and Matter.

    Lab 3: The Coulomb Force and Coulomb’s Law.

    Electric Fields Chap. 14 #39, 43, 48, 52, 55, 63


    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Institutional Assessment:


    Institutional Assessment:

    Critical Thinking Activity: Analyzing the Relation of Coulomb's Law


    Exam 1 on Electric Fields


    Testing Center 


    Electric Fields of Distributed Charges

    Electric Potential.

    Lab 4: Charging Objects by Various Methods

    Electric Fields Chap. 15 #2, 8, 10, 16, 21, 25, 27, 30, 32


    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Electric Fields and Electric Potential

    Lab 5: Electric Potential Difference

    Electric Fields Chap. 15 #35, 37, 42, 46, 51, 53, 55, 58, 61


    Electric Potential Chap. 16 #1, 4, 7-10, 13, 17, 18, 23, 26, 29, 31, 33, 36

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Electric Potential

    Lab 6: Electric Field Mapping.

    Electric Potential Chap. 16 #38, 39, 41, 43, 46, 47, 48, 52, 54, 58, 61, 65, 66, 68, 71, 74, 75, 80, 86, 87

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Magnetic Fields

    Lab 7: Magnetic Field Lines of Various Distributions

    Magnetic Field of a Coil and Permanent Magnet

    Magnetic Fields Chap. 17 #1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25, 27

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Magnetic Fields

    Electric Fields and Circuits

    Lab 8: e/m Experiment

    Magnetic Fields Chap. 17 #29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 46, 49, 50, 53, 56, 59


    Electric Fields and Circuits Chap. 18 #1-53 odds

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Exam 2 on Electric Fields, Electric Potential, and Magnetic Fields


     Testing Center


    Circuit Elements

    Lab 9: ResistorCircuitsOhmic and Non-OhmicBehaviors

    Circuit Elements Chap. 19 #1-27 odds, 29-34, 37, 39, 41, 43

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Circuit Elements

    Magnetic Force

    Lab 10: Series and ParallelCircuits.Kirchoff’s Laws

    Circuit Elements Chap. 19 #45, 49, 52, 54, 56, 59, 63, 66, 67, 69, 71, 73, 74, 75, 79 Magnetic Force Chap. 20 #1-3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 27, 31, 32, 34

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Magnetic Force

    Lab 11: Current Balance.

    Magnetic Force Chap. 20 #35, 37, 41, 43, 44, 46, 51, 56, 60, 62, 63, 65, 69

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Institutional Assessment:


    Institutional Assessment:

    Communication Activity: Lab Report on Current Balance


    Exam 3 on Circuit Elements and Magnetic Force


     Testing Center


    Patterns of Field in Space

    Lab 12: Capacitors.

    Patterns of Field in Space

    Chap. 21 #3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Patterns of Field in Space

    Lab 13: Electrical Energy

    Patterns of Field in Space

    Chap. 21 #17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28 

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Faraday’s Law


    Lab Project Due on April 20 at End of Lab Session

    Lab 14: AC Circuits

    Chap. 22 #1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Exam 4 on Patterns of Field in Space


     Testing Center


    Faraday’s Law

    Heat and Temperature.

    Lab 15: Electromagnetic Induction: Trip to Excel Energy Generating Station

    Chap. 22 #29, 32, 34, 36, 39, 42

    Heat and Temperature Handout

    Tipers: TBA

    RT: TBA


    Final Exams.

    Mon., May 8 at 10:00-11:45 am in HH127

    Good Luck!