PHY 2202 General Physics II

Electrostatics, DC conduction and circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, quantum mechanics, optics and special relativity. Calculus used extensively. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Physics
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: PHY 2201 AND MAT 2280 


  • Apply the principles of geometric optics so as to analyze reflection and refraction of light. Use the principles of wave optics to analyze interference and diffraction patterns.
  • Describe the sources of magnetic fields. Predict the motion of charged particles interacting with magnetic fields.
  • Apply the laws of Faraday and Lenz to analyze the process through which induced currents and electric fields are produced.
  • Discuss how an object becomes charged. Calculate the forces between and the electric fields surrounding charged objects. Use the concept of electrical potential to describe electric fields and predict the motion of charged particles.
  • Discuss the empirical basis for the "photon" concept. Analyze simple models of atomic structure.
  • Discuss the empirical basis for special relativity. Apply the Lorentz transformations to reference frames in relative motion. Analyze energy and energy to mass transformations using special relativity.
  • Discuss the mechanism of charge conduction in metals. Use Kirchhoff's rules to analyze the behavior of DC circuits.

Credit Hours: 5

Classroom Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 3