College Physics II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHYS-1402-001 College Physics II


Prerequisite: College Physics I or instructor consent

Course Description

Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Laboratory activities will reinforce lecture content.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 4 lab)

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COLLEGE PHYSICS (10th Edition), by Serway & Vuille (ISBN: 978-1-285-73702-7)


Student Performance

After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

    1. Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles, and electrical forces, fields, and currents.

    2. Apply Kirchhoff’s Rules to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, inductance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.

    3. Solve problems in the electrostatic interaction of point charges through the application of Coulomb’s Law.

    4. Solve problems involving the effects of magnetic fields on moving charges or currents, and the relationship of magnetic fields to the currents which produce them.

    5. Use Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws to determine electromotive forces and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction.

    6. Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.

    7. Describe the characteristics of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

    8.  Solve practical problems involving optics, lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments.

    9. Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.

    10. Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.

    11. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports

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Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to behavior in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. 

Any student caught cheating a test will receive a grade of zero with no chance of the final replacing the grade.

For not distracting the attention of the instructor and other students, your cell phone or pager should be turned off during class time.

Grading Criteria


4 Major tests


Homework assignments


Lab Experiments


Final Exam




The following criteria will be used to determine

  A:89.5 or above, B: 89.49-79.5, C: 79.49-69.5, D: 69.49-59.5, F: 59.49 or below.

The low score of the 4 semester exams will be dropped, as will the low lab and low homework scores


It is the responsibility of the student to attend class. Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.


Week 1 : Lecture – Start Chapter 15 (Electric Forces and Fields).  Lab – Go over syllabus and policies, Homework 1 - Chapter 15.

Week 2 : Lecture – Finish Chapter 15, vector review.  Lab – Experiment 1 (Faraday’s Ice Pail), Quiz 1 (Chapter 15).  Homework 2 – Chapter 15, maybe some problems from Chapter 3.

Week 3 : Lecture – Chapter 16 (Electrical Energy and Capacitance)  Lab – Experiment 2 (Electric Field Mapping), Quiz 2 (Chapter 15 with vector emphasis).  Homework 3 – Chapter 16.

Week 4 : Lecture – Chapter 17 (Current and Resistance).  Lab – No experiment.  Quiz 3 (Chapter 16) on Monday, Exam 1 (Chapters 15-16) on Wednesday.  Homework 4 – Chapter 17

Week 5 : Lecture – Chapter 18 (Direct Current Circuits).  Lab – Experiment 4 (DC Circuits), Quiz 4 (Chapter 17).  Homework 5 – Chapter 18.

Week 6 : Lecture – Start Chapter 19 (Magnetism).  Lab – Experiment 3 (RC Circuits), Quiz 5 (Chapter 18).  Homework 6 – Chapter 19.

Week 7 : Lecture – Finish Chapter 19, right hand rule and torque review.  Lab – Experiment 5 (Force on a Current), Quiz 6 (Chapters 19).  Homework 7 – Chapter 19.

Week 8 : Lecture – Start Chapter 20 (Induced Voltage).  Lab – No experiment.  Quiz 7 (Chapter 19) on Monday, Exam 2 (Chapters 17-19) on Wednesday.  Homework 8 – Chapter 20, due after break.


Week 9: Lecture – Finish Chapter 20 (Inductance).  Lab – Experiment 6 (Electron charge to mass ratio), Quiz 8 (Chapter 20 induced voltages).  Homework 9 – Chapter 20.

Week 10 : Lecture – Start Chapter 21 (AC Circuits).  Lab – Experiment 8 (RL Circuits), Quiz 9 (Chapter 20 inductance).  Homework 10 – Chapter 21.

Week 11 : Lecture – Finish Chapter 21 (Electromagnetic Waves), review waves (Chapter 13).  Lab – Experiment 9 (RLC Circuits), Quiz 10 (Chapter 21 AC circuits).  Homework 11 – Chapter 21.

Week 12 : Lecture – Chapter 22 (Reflection and Refraction).  Lab – No experiment.  Quiz 11 (Chapter 21 EM Waves) on Monday, Exam 3 (Chapters 20-21) on Wednesday.  Homework 12 – Chapter 22.

Week 13 : Lecture – Chapter 23 (Mirrors and Lenses).  Lab – revised Experiment 10 (Reflection and Refraction).  Quiz 12 (Chapter 22).  Homework 13 – Chapter 23.

Week 14 : Lecture – Chapter 24 (Wave Optics).  Lab – revised Experiment 12 (Lenses), Quiz 13 (Chapter 23).  Homework 14 – Chapter 24.

Week 15 : Lecture – Chapter 25 (Optical Instruments).  Lab – No experiment (if weather forces cancellation of a lab, we may use this date to do it).  Quiz 14 (Chapter 24).  Homework 15 – Chapter 25 (due Sunday at 11:59 PM).

          The reason the labs aren’t done in order is that the numbering is based on a previous textbook.


Additional Information

 The Drop date is April 21, 2021 


Syllabus Created on:

01/13/22 2:20 PM

Last Edited on:

01/13/22 3:24 PM