PHYS 212 General Physics II (4)

Catalog Description:

Second of a two-semester calculus-based general physics sequence. Builds on basics of classical mechanics and methods introduced in PHYS 211. Emphasis on concepts, calculations, measurements, problem solving, and applications. Topics include mechanical oscillations and waves, electro statics, electricity, and magnetism. Three lecture periods and three hours of laboratory per week. Meets General Education Laboratory Science requirement. (Offered fall semester only.)


MATH 111 Calculus I with a C- or better

Required Course Materials:

Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewitt, Physics for Scientist and Engineers, 8th edition, Cengage Brain, 2010 with Enhanced WebAssign

Course Coordinator:

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

Course Audience:

Required for engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics majors. Recommended for computer science majors.

Course Objectives:
  1. Students will use concepts to describe, classify, model, and predict topical phenomena, aided by inductive (experimental) and deductive (rational) methods,
    including calculus.
  2. Students will develop analytical skills appropriate to solve both symbolic and numerical problems involving quantities associated with the topical phenomena. When
    obtaining a solution from calculator, spreadsheet or simulation software, students will critically evaluate the method (e.g., How valid are my assumptions?) and significance (e.g., how certain are my values and do my units check?) of.
  3. Students will be able to describe the role physical quantities and principles play in existing environmental and technological systems. Students will be able to understand foundational concepts they can use in later classes, such as the waves and electricity & magnetism.

The mission of the Mathematical Sciences General Education component is:

  1. to educate students in excellent problem solving skills and the quantitative analysis of Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, and Computer Science,
  2. to challenge students to live out their faith in their vocation as they become servant leaders in society, church , and the world, and
  3. encourages the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of intellect, character, and faith that Christians use in lives of service, leadership and reconciliation.



  1. Mechanical oscillations, waves resonance and sound
  2. Electrostatics: Coulombís law, electric field, flux, potential and capacitance
  3. Electricity and magnetism: current, resistance, EMF, circuits and magnetics fields, Ampere's law

Laboratory Experiments:

  1. Periodic Motion
  2. Standing Waves on a String
  3. Resonance Tube and Sonometer
  4. Electric Field Mapping
  5. Capacitance Measurements
  6. Resistance and Ohmís Law
  7. DC Resistance Circuits
  8. AC Circuits: Time Constant
  9. Building a DC Motor


Revised: October 2013 (textbook); September 2010 (AK)

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