Alexander L. Rudolph    Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
Physics 133 is the third quarter of the introductory physics sequence. The topic is electricity and magnetism.




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Spring Quarter, 2015

  • Welcome to the Web page for PHY 133 - General Physics (third quarter)
  • Course Description

    Physics 133 is the third quarter of the introductory physics sequence (with calculus). The topic is electricity and magnetism (commonly called E&M). Physics 133 covers the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential, properties of dielectrics, capacitance, Ohm's law, magnetism and magnetic fields, measuring instruments, and induced emf. (3 credits).

  • Powerpoint slides (added after class)
    • P133Class02.web.pdf
    • P133Class03.web.pdf
    • P133Class04.web.pdf
    • P133Class05.web.pdf
    • P133Class06.web.pdf
    • P133Class07.web.pdf
    • P133Class08.web.pdf
    • P133Class09.web.pdf
    • P133Class10.web.pdf
    • P133Class11.web.pdf
    • P133Class12.web.pdf
    • P133Class13.web.pdf
    • P133Class14.web.pdf
    • P133Class15.web.pdf
    • P133Class16.web.pdf
    • P133Class17.web.pdf
    • P133Class18.web.pdf
    • P133Class19.web.pdf
  • Smart Physics

    This quarter, we will be using a required on-line learning system called Smart Physics ( Smart Physics contains pre-class multimedia learning modules that you will complete before class, as well as your homework assignments that will be due each week. The system costs $30 purchased directly from Smart Physics, but you can register and receive a 30-day free trial, so I strongly suggest you not pay for the course until you are certain you will stay in my section. In order to register for our class, you will first create an account at, after which you can follow the instructions found here: For the course ID referred to in the instructions use P133S15_ALR. When they ask for your name, use your name as it appears in Bronco Direct (no middle name required), and when they as for your student ID, use your Bronco ID. There is nothing due before the first class, so once you have enrolled (with your 30-day free trial), you can wait to learn more about the system during the first class.

  • Studying Physics

    Physics 133 is significantly more challenging, both mathematically and conceptually, than Physics 131 or 132.  It will require a significant and sustained commitment of study time to master the materia. It is recommended that you should spend at least three hours outside the class for each hour in the class (a total of at least 9 hours per week outside of class). It will be especially important to do the reading and on-line activities in Smart Physics before coming to class, and to start early on the homework, so that you can ask for help if you need it  I am willing to help you in any way possible but I expect that you will meet me at least half way in this endeavor.  Therefore, it is up to you to contact me if you are having problems with the course material.

  • Reading assignments

    Reading assignments from the optional textbook HRW (the same book you used for PHY 131-132) are posted on the Smart Physics website ( Since this textbook is optional for anyone who has not yet purchased it, you may substitute equivalent reading from any college-level introductory physics text.

  • Homework

    Homework will be done on-line and can be found on the on-line learning system we are using in this course, Smart Physics (

  • Practice Final Exam
    • P133 Practice Final Exam.pdf
    • P133 Practice Final Exam solution.pdf

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Last modified on 9 June, 2015