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PHY 1142 College Physics II

Algebra-based university-parallel course in oscillations, waves, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

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

Prereqs: PHY 1141 


  • Describe the conditions for simple harmonic motion. Determine the period of simple harmonic motion.
  • Determine the speed, pitch, and intensity of sound. Apply property of sound to musical instruments.
  • Describe the sources of magnetic fields. Predict the motion of charged particles moving through magnetic fields.
  • Apply basic principles of circuit theory and electromagnetic theory in DC and AC circuits including elements such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors.
  • Explain optical phenomena associated with reflection and refraction using the principle of geometric optics. Explain simple interference and diffraction effects using wave model of light.
  • Discuss the microscopic process through which an object becomes electrically charged. Calculate the forces between charged objects and the fields surrounding them. Apply the conservation laws associated with energy and electrical charge to situations involving charged matter.
  • Apply the laws of Faraday and Lenz to describe the generation of induced currents and electrical fields.
  • Describe and predict the behavior of mechanical oscillators and waves.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3