2:00 – 3:20 p.m., TR
1:00 – 1:50 p.m., MWF
6:25 – 7:45 p.m., MW
Dr. H. Luo
Dr. S. Ganapathy
Dr. D. Wackeroth
126 Fronczak Hall
223 Fronczak Hall
263 Fronczak Hall
College Physics (vol. 2, PHY102 - UB edition, 9th edition) by Serway & Vuille (Brooks-Cole/Cengage Learning,
2011). The book is available at the University bookstore and online. We recommend that you get the UB edition
(paperback) available at the campus bookstore because it omits chapters that will not be covered and is less expensive than the retail edition.
Course Webpage UBLearns: https://ublearns.buffalo.edu
Outcomes and Assessment
PHY 102 is an algebra-based, introductory physics course, covering Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Optics, and selected topics in Modern Physics.
Students are expected to master the
Learning on topics is assessed as
TOPIC UNITS following: follows:
Electric Charge, Coulomb’s law, Electric
Force and field, Flux and Gauss’s law,
Electric Potential and Potential Energy,
In-class Quizzes, Recitation
ELECTRICITY AND Capacitors, Ohm’s law, Resistors, Energy
Quizzes 1-7, HWs 1-7, Exam 1, 2
and Power, DC Electric Circuits, Magnetic and Final Exam
Field, Electric Motors, Solenoids, Faraday’s
Law, Inductance, AC Circuits, Transformer,
EM Waves [1,2,3]
Reflection and Refraction, Prisms, Mirrors,
Lenses and Images Formed by them, Wave
In-class Quizzes, Recitation
Optics: Double-slit experiment, Interference,
LIGHT AND OPTICS
Quizzes 8-11, HWs 8-11, Exam
Diffraction and Grating, Optical
2 and Final Exam
Instruments: Eye, Magnifier, Microscope,
Special Relativity, Relativistic Momentum,
Photoelectric Effect, Dual Nature of Light, In-class Quizzes, Recitation
MODERN PHYSICS the Uncertainty Principle, Early Models of Quizzes 12-14, HWs 12-14,
Atom, Atomic Spectra, Bohr model and
Hydrogen Atom [1,2,3]
Among the seven Physics Department's program goals the three goals that apply to undergraduate students in introductory physics courses seek to achieve degree-appropriate levels of proficiency in:  the basic laws of physics,
 critical thinking, and  problem solving.
Course objectives and tips to succeed
PHY 102, Sections A, B, & MFC
Physicists use experimental measurements to explore the physical world and mathematical theories to describe the laws of nature. Physics provides the basis for understanding the phenomena we encounter everyday, and for numerous biomedical, scientific and technological applications. The goal of this course is to understand and apply the laws of physics to solve practical problems. Here are some suggestions that may help you attain this goal:
• Be prepared and be on time with everything! This is the most important item for doing well in this course.
Read the book chapter and review lecture notes before each lecture.
• Use office hours! It is the only way we can guide and actively assist you. You should feel free to go to any office hour of other PHY102 TAs/instructors than yours. Go to as many as you have time for.
• Solve the homework problems independently without help! It is the best way to self-test your understanding. If needed, feel free to discuss approaches with instructors or friends but not solutions.
• If you have a problem with any aspect of the course, seek help from the Instructors/TAs immediately. Waiting just one week will put you an entire chapter behind which will be extremely hard to catch up.
We make an effort to offer office hours every day of the