University of Delaware
Fundamentals of Physics II
This is the home page for PHYS208 Honors, the honors section of the
second semester of the calculus-based introductory-physics course.
The course will cover introductory electricity and magnetism based
on Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics,
fifth edition. These pages contain material from the Spring of 1998.
Students who have a 3.0 overall Grade-Point Average but took the
regular section of PHYS207 are welcome to transfer to the honors
section of PHYS208 if they wish (assuming a space is available, of
course). It is possible to arrange for an honors-section student
to take a regular-section laboratory, but the honors discussion
section is required.
What is different about the Honors section:
I use the appropriate mathematics for a given topic, even if you
haven't gotten to it in math classes [rare, happily]. If I use any
math that you haven't seen, tell me immediately,
and I will go over it until everyone is satisfied that they understand
We will go into much of the physics at greater depth than I would
attempt in a regular class.
I will spend an average of half a lecture a week talking about topics
in current science, as often as possible something which has become
known within the last few months. You will not be held responsible for
this material on exams. If you would like for me to talk about
something in particular, ask me; if your question is not in a field I
know I will do my best to learn enough about it to explain
it. Occasionally I may ask other people from the Department of Physics
and Astronomy to talk about things of special interest to them.
If you do reasonably well in your hour exams, you will have an
opportunity to work on a project
rather than taking a final exam. (You may choose to take the final
For specific information about the course, see
Policies and General Information.