College Physics II

PHYS 1402

  • State Approval Code: 4008015303
  • Semester Credit Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Lab Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 96

Catalog Description

A second semester of introductory albegra-based physics. Concepts and models are developed to explain topics in electricity, waves, optics, and modern physics. Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 3


PHYS 1401

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.


  • To interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them.

Natural Sciences

  • To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences.
  • To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both orally and in writing.
  • To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will promote the general student learning outcomes listed below. The student will:
1. Become acquainted with the basic fundamental physical laws and principles which govern and give meaning to our universe.
2. Develop an understanding of scientific methods and the evolution of scientific thought.
3. Explain physical phenomena in proper, clear, technical terms.
4. Correctly identify basic physical principles and specify the procedural knowledge to arrive at a solution for some desired unknown, when presented with problem situations.
5. Demonstrate mathematical skills necessary to carry an argument from the "givens" to the "to finds" alluded in (4) above.
6. Develop laboratory techniques of experimenting, measuring, data evaluation, presentation of results, and drawing inferences from these results.

Specific Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Use both conceptual and numerical techniques to solve physics problems.
2. Understand and use the general ideas of mechanical waves.
3. Understand and use the general idea of sound.
4. Understand and use the general ideas of geometric optics.
5. Understand and use the general ideas of physical optics.
6. Understand and use the general ideas of electrostatics.
7. Understand and use the general ideas of electrical circuits.
8. Understand and use the general ideas of magnetism and electromagnetism.
9. Understand and use the general ideas of modern physics.
10. Understand and use various sensors and measuring devices in the laboratory.
11. Verbalize ideas observed and/or measured in the laboratory.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Students will be required to do the following:
1. Identify categories of waves and types of waves.
2. Discuss the basic properties of a wave.
3. Discuss the factors determining the propagation speed of a wave for different systems.
4. Be able to apply the basic wave equation v=λf and the mathematical representation of a harmonic wave.
5. Discuss the interference of waves with each other and beat notes.
6. Identify the various aspects of the Doppler phenomenon.
1. Be able to identify the conditions that produce standing (stationary) waves.
2. Discuss the reflections that occur at different boundary conditions.
3. Sketch the displacement of the wave as a function of distance along the system and from the boundary conditions determine the fundamental wavelength.
4. Recognize the frequency response of the ear.
5. Recognize decibel notation and some of the musical aspects of sound.
1. Be able to do simple ray tracing which includes reflection and refraction.
2. Be familiar with the definition of index of refraction and speed of light.
3. Recognize Snell’s law and critical angle situations.
4. Be able to locate and discuss the image formed by one or more thin lens using the light rays and the lens equation.
5. Know the sign convention for object distance, image distance, and focal length, and the sign of the image.
6. Do the above (4 & 5) with converging and diverging mirrors.
7. Measurement of the focal length experimentally.
8. Be familiar with diffraction.
9. Be able to use the thin film interference and applications.
10. Discuss the characteristics of polarized light and ways to produce polarization.
11. Discuss how geometric optics applies to the human eye.
1. Discuss how bodies can be electrified.
2. Properties of conductors and insulators.
3. Discuss the conservation of electric charge.
4. Be able to apply Coulomb’s Law between two charges.
5. Be able to calculate the net force on a charge due to several point charges.
6. Discuss the definition of an E field.
7. Be able to compute the E field due to a point charge or several point charges.
8. Discuss electrostatic potential energy.
9. Identify electrostatic potential and potential difference.
10. Recognize charge distribution vs. curvature of a surface.
1. Discuss the definition of capacitance.
2. Be able to perform the addition of capacitors in series and parallel.
3. Understand energy storage in a capacitor and the benefits of a dielectric.
4. Be able to perform the analysis of simple capacitor network.
5. Recognize and apply Ohm’s Law and the power rating for a resistor.
6. Discuss the physical parameters that govern electrical resistance.
7. Apply parallel and series network reduction to simplify and solve resistive networks.
8. Sketch or recognize the schematic for a voltmeter, ammeter, and ohmmeter.
1. Identify the magnetic moment, its definition, and hand rule for direction.
2. Identify the magnetic force on a wire carrying current in an external field (magnitude and direction).
3. Be able to calculate the force on a charged particle in a magnetic field; sketch path also.
4. Identify the magnitude and direction of magnetic field around a wire carrying current.
5. Discuss magnetostatics, analogous to Coulomb’s Law for electrostatics.
6. Discuss Faraday’s Law: magnetic flux and electromagnetic induction.
7. Recognize Lenz’s Law, polarity of induced EMF.
8. Discuss alternating circuits, inductors, and applications.
9. Discuss how electromagnetic waves are produced.
10. Identify various aspects of the electromagnetic spectrum.
1. Identify which physical parameters are relativistic.
2. Recognize in what ways relativistic effects affect these parameters.
3. Discuss general and special theory of relativity.
4. Discuss the phenomena that gave birth to quantum mechanics.
5. Discuss the Photoelectric effect, particle/wave duality of light and matter, and Compton’s scattering.
6. Discuss emission and absorption spectra.
7. Recognize Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and discuss laser applications.
8. Discuss nuclear fusion and fission, atomic stability and radioactivity.
9. Discuss the Uncertainty principle and basic ideas in quantum mechanics.
1. Be able to use a computer to acquire data, display data, and to do data analysis.
2. Use a variety of sensors and measuring instruments to measure physical quantities.
3. Make measurements in waves, sound, music, light, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, and others.
4. Write laboratory summaries and/or reports based on measurements, observations, calculations, and/or analysis.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Faculty may choose from but are not limited to the following methods of instruction: lecture, discussion, Internet, video, television, demonstrations, field trips, collaborations, readings.


Faculty may assign both in- and out-of-class activities to evaluate students' knowledge
and abilities. Faculty may choose from the following methods:
• Attendance
• Book reviews
• Class preparedness and participation
• Collaborative learning projects
• Compositions
• Exams/tests/quizzes
• Homework
• Internet
• Journals
• Library assignments
• Readings
• Research papers
• Scientific observations
• Student-teacher conferences
• Written assignments
Students' final grades are determined by:
Exams 20% to 30%
Homework/Quizzes 20% to 30%
Laboratory Work 20% to 30%
Other 0% to 10%
Final Exam 20% to 30%

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

• College Physics, 2ed., Giambattista, Richardson, Richardson, with ARIS access, McGraw/Hill, copyright 2007.
• Scientific calculator (graphing preferred).
• Access to a computer with a broadband Internet connection.