PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II (4)

Catalog Description:

Survey of electricity and optics, stressing basic concepts and problem solving, culminating in an historical and conceptual treatment of relativity and modern physics. Three lecture periods and three hours laboratory per week. (Offered spring semester only.)


MATH 102 Mathematics of Growth, MATH 108 Intuitive Calculus with Applications or MATH 111 Calculus I

Required Course Materials:

College Physics Open Source Book - free online book ( and Laboratory Manual Physics 201 at the College's Textbook Express

Course Coordinator:

Abaz Kryemadhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Course Audience:

Recommended for biology and health science majors.

Course Objectives:

The objectives for General Education for this course are:

  1. To build upon the foundation of PHYS 201 into the new areas of electricity and optics.
  2. To introduce students to the methods, principles, and basic content of physics.
  3. To involve students in applying these methods and principles in the laboratory.

By the completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following Mathematical Sciences objectives for this course:

  1. To demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  2. To communicate effectively in written, public, and interpersonal forms with special attention to graphs and the models they represent.
  3. To work effectively in teams which require the skill of various members of the team.
  4. To be prepared academically for graduate study.
  5. To integrate Christian faith and the mathematical sciences, basing professional decision-making on a Christian foundation.


  1. Electrical forces and fields - Coulomb's law
  2. Electrical potential energy - voltage and current
  3. Electrical circuits - Ohm's law
  4. Magnetic forces and fields - their connection to electric forces
  5. Light and optics
  6. Bending of light and optical instruments
  7. Special relativity
  8. Elementary quantum mechanics - particles or waves
  9. The structure of the hydrogen atom

Laboratory Experiments:

  1. Electric fields
  2. Ohms law
  3. Kirchhoff's laws
  4. Capacitive delays and the time constant
  5. Optics and diffraction
  6. Line spectra
  7. Magnetic bending and the mass of the electron



Revised: (AK) September 2010

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