Integrated Mathematics and Physics II (IPS*1510)

Code and section: IPS*1510*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Martin Williams


Course Information



Name Office Email
Daniel Kraus MacNaughton 511
Martin Williams MacNaugton 213

Tutorial Instructors

Name Email
Connor Gregor (math)
Kolja Kypke (math)
Drake Lee (phys.)
Christina Burbadge (phys.)
Matt Steffer (phys.)

Course Description

This is the second foundational course for students in B.Sc. mathematical and physical sciences majors. The disciplines of Mathematics and Physics are taught in an integrated fashion that demonstrates how they support and enrich one another. Circuits, integration, electrostatics, magnetism, partial derivatives,multidimensional integrals, and Taylor's series are presented in a harmonized fashion to ensure students have an improved understanding of these fundamentals.





Course Objectives

The course is intended to give a student a grounding in topics in physics and calculus in a manner that uses the physics as an example to ground the calculus and provides the calculus needed for the topics in physics. This integration of the two topics is intended to make both sets of material easier to
absorb. Speci c topics are listed subsequently under the heading Course Topics.

Meeting Times


Math: 9:30-10:20 in MCKN 117,
Phys: 1:30-2:20 in LA 204

Physics Lab/Tutorial Times

Section Time Location
0102 Tues. 11:30-2:20 MacNaugton 301/415
0103 Thurs. 11:30-2:20 MacNaugton 301/415
0104 Wed. 7:00-9:50 MacNaugton 301/415
0105 Tues. 2:30-5:20 MacNaugton 301/415

Mathematics Tutorial Times

Monday 2:30-3:20 Animal Science & Nutrition 204
Friday 8:30-9:20 MacKinnon 121

The quiz bowls will be given during the math labs

Course Materials

  • University Physics, 14/15th Edition, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, by H. Young and R. Freedman (this was also used in IPS*1500 in Fall 2019). This book is available in the University Bookstore.
  • Fast Start Calculus for Physics, 4th Edition, by D. Ashlock This book is available in the University Bookstore and the Co-op Bookstore.
  • FlipIt Physics Homework There will be assigned warm-up questions that will be graded online using FlipIt Physics. Research has shown that this software has a positive effect on students learning of physics. To complete the online homework, you will need to purchase a stand-alone Student Access Kit for FlipItPhysics from the University Bookstore unless you purchased the two semester cards in the Fall.
  • i-Clicker Student Response Units (commonly known as clickers) are available for purchase in the University Bookstore. A discretionary bonus mark is awarded to students who have conscientiously used their device over the course of the semester.

Credit Weight

1.0 credit. Because this is a 1.0 credit course, students should expect to invest on average 10 hours per week over the semester.

Course Website

Library Reference Material

A copy of the course textbooks will be made available at the Reserve Desk in the Library, listed under Prof. D. Ashlock/M. Williams and course IPS*1510.
There are many additional reference texts available on the library shelves. Look for call numbers beginning with QC21 or QC23 (Physics), QA155, QA303 (Math).

Course Themes

This course is divided into themes in order to emphasize some of the applications of physics and mathematics. The thematic approach is intended to give the material
a grounding in the physical world outside of the classroom.

  1. Physics of electric charges: This section will examine the nature of electric charge and charges in motion and at rest with applications to DNA molecules, electric dipoles, ion channels and membrane proteins, thunderstorms and the Large Hadron Collider.
  2. Charges at work: Students will learn how to model and analyse electric charge behaviour in various real-world situations and how to analyse electric circuits using mathematical models.
  3. Medical imaging and therapy: Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the the physical phenomena that underpins the medical Field e.g different types of spectroscopy and imaging techniques.


Assessment Weight
Math Quiz Bowl (10) 10 %
Math Homework (9) 10 %
FlipIt Physics Homework (4-6) 5 %
Case Study 8 %
Physics Quizzes 12 %
Lab Experiments (5)  15 %
Midterms (2) 20 %
Final Exam 20 %
Total  100%


  • Math Quizzes: Mathematics tutorials will be run as a quiz bowl this semester. The participants will be divided into two groups and compete. A deck of questions on current and review topics will be used. See the Courselink site for the quiz bowl rules.
  • Math Homework: Math homework will be assigned most Mondays and will be due the following Monday unless there is a conflict with a holiday or other event. Marked assignments will be returned via box 173 on the 3rd floor of MacNaughton.
  • Physics Homework: Problem sets will be regularly assigned; due dates will typically be on the Monday following tutorial weeks. Any variation to this will be announced in class at the time that assignments are released. Drop boxes for assignments can be found in the hallway of the 4th  floor of the MacNaughton building; details will be provided in the rst week of class.
  • Physics Reading/Class Quizzes: Throughout the semester regular readings will be assigned and accompanied by short online quizzes (Courselink). Additionally, regular in-class activities, such as i-Clicker quizzes, will be evaluated.
  • Laboratory Experiments: The laboratory experiments (see schedule) are described in detail in the Laboratory Manual. Experiments are to be completed and reports handed in during the laboratory period. The laboratory experiments will be done in MacN 301. If you miss a quiz or a lab, you must provide your TA with a written explanation for possible academic consideration.
  • Midterm Examinations: The midterm examination will be held outside of class time in week 5 and week 10 (time & location TBA). The midterms will consist of both multiple-choice questions, and longer problems. More details will be provided by the Professors as the semester progresses.
  • Final Examination: The final examination will be held on Thursday April 16 from 2:30-4:30pm. The location will be provided during the semester. The exam will cover the entire course.
  • Tutorial Periods: The tutorial periods will be largely devoted to the development of problem-solving skills, but may also introduce additional new material which will complement topics provided in lecture. Additionally, Math Quizzes will be given in the math tutorial.

Physics Tutorial/Lab Schedule

Week Date Topic Location
1 Jan 6-10 Lab 1: Electric eld mapping MacN 301
2 Jan 13-17 Physics Tutorial / Case Study Help  MacN 415
3 Jan 20-24 Physics Lab 2: Photoelectric effect MacN 301
4 Jan 27- 31 Physics Quiz 1 / Midterm 1 prep MacN 415
5 Feb 3-7 Case Study: Data Collection/Analysis Midterm 1 MacN 301
6 Feb 10-14  Physics Tutorial/Case Study Help MacN 415
  Feb 17-21 Winter break - No classes/tutorials/labs  
7 Feb 24-28 Lab 3: Ohm's/Kircho 's laws MacN 301
8 Mar 2-6 Physics Quiz 2 MacN 415
9 Mar 9-13 Physics Lab 4: Charge to mass ratio of electron/ Case Study due MacN 301
10 Mar 16-20 Physics Tutorial Midterm 2 MacN 415
11 Mar 23-27 Physics Lab 5: EKG lab MacN 301
12 Mar 30 - Apr 3 Physics Quiz 3 MacN 415

Course Policies

Attendance: Illness, etc:

Attendance at the tutorial/lab periods is, of course, very important. If you miss a tutorial quiz or laboratory experiment because of illness or for compassionate reasons, please see your laboratory/tutorial instructor for possible academic consideration. If you miss the midterm exam, please see a course professor. If you miss the nal exam, please see your Program Counsellor.
For more details, refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.
 - go to Section VIII Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures, and click on the heading Academic Consideration, Appeals and Petitions.

Formula Sheet

You may bring a single normal sheet of printer or notebook paper with notes and formulas on both side to examinations. A formula sheet will not be provided as part of the examinations.

Course Feedback

Both sponsoring departments requires student assessment of all courses taught by the Department. These assessments provide essential feedback to faculty on their teaching by identifying both strengths and possible areas of improvement. In addition, annual student assessment of teaching provides part of the information used by the Department;s Tenure and Promotion Committee in evaluating the faculty member's contribution in the area of teaching. The Department's teaching evaluation questionnaire invites student response both through numerically quanti able data, and written student comments. In conformity with University of Guelph Faculty Policy, the Department's Tenure and Promotions Committee only considers comments signed by students (choosing \I agree" in question 14). Your instructor will see all signed and unsigned comments after nal grades are submitted. Written student comments may also be used in support of a nomination for internal and external teaching awards. NOTE: No information will be passed on to the instructor until after the nal grades have been submitted.

Electronic Recording of Classes

The electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without the prior consent of the instructor. This prohibition extends to all components of the course, including, but not limited to, lectures, tutorials, and lab instruction, whether conducted by the instructor or teaching assistant, or other designated person. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Academic Misconduct

The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community, faculty, staff, and students to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring.

University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection. Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic o ence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar.


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Drop date

Students will have until the last day of classes to drop courses without academic penalty. The deadline to drop two-semester courses will be the last day of classes in the second semester. This applies to all students (undergraduate, graduate and diploma) except for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology (conventional and alternative delivery) students. The regulations and procedures for course registration are available in the Undergraduate Calendar.