Physics 222, Elements of Physics II, Sections 1-5, Fall 2017

Physics 222 is a 4 credit-hour, introductory physics course with laboratory.  There are 5 sections.


Dr. Marianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Office Hours: WF 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, M 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Phone: 974-7842

Studio Session Instructors and Teaching Assistant:

Section 1:
Austin Schmier
Brennan Hackett
Section 2:
Xin Wen
Gray Yarbrough
Section 3:
Ilias Kokkas
Erich Bermel
Section 4:
Cheng-Ru Chang
Ilias Kokkas
Section 5:
Cheng-Ru Chang
Qiang Chen
Teaching Assistant:
Jesse Buffaloe

Class structure:

This course is taught in a hybrid format.
Students will only meet once per week for one hour and 15 minutes in a large lecture hall (Thursdays, 11:10 12:25, room 415, Nielsen Physics Building) and once per week, by section, for 2 hours and 30 minutes in a studio physics classroom (Tuesdays or Wednesdays, room 207 Nielsen Physics Building).  Attendance is mandatory for both meetings.  The traditional second meeting in the large lecture hall is replaced by online activities that students schedule themselves.

Students are responsible for their own learning.


OpenStax Tutor, College Physics
This is an online textbook with spaced practice problems and feedback.  You find the code to access this textbook for this class on Canvas under Modules.

The College Physics textbook by itself can be found at,
and can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Homework assignments:

Homework assignments are based on the material covered in the web-based modules.   Students are expected to submit two assignments per week on Blackboard, one pre-lab assignment and one homework assignment.  The assignments must be submitted on time for credit.
Assignment schedule


There will be two one-hour, in-class exams, on October 10 or 11 and on November 7 or 8 during the first hour of the studio session, and a 80 minute final exam during the exam period.

Extra credit:

Up to 50 points extra credit will be available, 25 points from answering OpenStax Tutor questions and 25 points in-class extra credit.


Test 1 and test 2 are worth a maximum of 75 points each and the final exam is worth a maximum of 100 points.  Your studio session work is worth a maximum of 125 points.   All pre-lab and homework assignments together are worth a maximum of 75 points.  Class participation is worth a maximum of 50 points.  Extra credit points are added to your total score from tests, laboratories, assignments, and class participation.

450 and above    90% and above    A
435-449 87% - 89% A-
415-434 83% - 86% B+
400-414 80% - 82% B
385-399 77% - 79% B-
365-384 73% - 76% C+
350-364 70% - 72% C
335-349 67% - 69% C-
315-334 63% - 66% D+
300-314 60% - 62% D
285-299 57% - 59% D-


For announcements check the Class Pages on Canvas regularly.

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability, please contact  Student Disability Services (SDS).  This will ensure that you are properly registered for the services provided by SDS.

Student Disability Services
915 Volunteer Blvd/100 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Tel: 865-974-6087
Fax: 865-974-9552
VRS: 865-622-6566

For important additional information please see the Campus Syllabus.