Boston University PY106 - Physics II
Want to get a head start? 2-3 weeks before first class...
- Review the last class from PY105 on Gravitation (see
Lecture Notes and also
- From PY105, review vectors and trigonometry (see
Packet), Newton's Laws, Conservation of Energy, Simple Harmonic
Motion. That's Ch. 3, 7, and 12 from
Essential Physics I (Duffy) or Ch. 4, 7, and
College Physics (OpenStax).
- Once you feel comfortable with PY105 content, if you want to get
a head start on this course, read Ch. 18 and 19
from College Physics (OpenStax). You can complement your reading with the associated
simulations (many of which are referenced in the text):
- Context for college physics, a must watch:
Fun to Imagine with Richard Feynman (7:30 clip
Announcements and Frequently Asked Questions
- 08.21.2022 - Fall 2022 PY106 Status -
In the coming days, we will have a full syllabus draft to share. For
now, it's likely that these will be the quiz dates (Quiz 1: Wed 9/28
at 6:30 pm; Quiz 2: Wed 10/19 at 6:30 pm; Quiz 3: Wed 11/9 at 6:30
pm; Quiz 4: Wed 11/30 at 6:30 pm and Quiz 5 will be during final
exam period Thu 12/15 at 3 pm). There are two main course sites we
will establish for our collaborations: Piazza and Top Hat. Once
these are ready, I will send out the sign up details (which will
come as an invite to your bu.edu email).
- How can I manage the pace of the course and do you have
suggestions for how to be successful and minimize stress?
This is a very good question! This course is fast-paced because we
are covering so many concepts (all the main concepts in electricity
and magnetism through to modern physics). If you struggled with some
of the math and problem solving in Physics 1, review will help you as
there will be more of the same. The best advice is to carve out time
for daily practice and study (work on problems) until you're fairly
confident in what you are learning. There's really no way around
this. The way to not get overwhelmed by the pace is to work towards a
routine for yourself and try to follow it. We will certainly help you
achieve this, partly because we will be doing our best to build a
"we're all in this" community atmosphere, so you won't feel alone.
For Fall 22, despite the fact that the course is set up as a
lecture/discussion/lab, we are going to be building in collaborations
in all of these to import some of the "studio" learning
atmosphere. Also, we will provide real-world applications
(particularly in health and medicine) so that you can see physics in
- 08.01.2021 - If you have any questions, please e-mail to:
email@example.com and please
put PY106 in the subject heading. I will provide updates here
with any FAQ's.