3737 Motley Drive
Mesquite, TX 75150
972-860 7140


COURSE NUMBER:                             PHYS1402

COURSE TITLE:                   Introductory General Physics 2

CREDIT HRS: 4                                    LECTURE HRS: 3                 LAB HRS: 3

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PREREQUISITE: Physics 1401. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Physics 1401 and as such is intended for pre-dental, biology, premedical, pre-pharmacy, and pre-architecture majors and other students who need a two-semester technical course in physics.  Electricity, magnetism, and light are studied.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Physics, fifth edition, Cutnell & Johnson

                                                    Physics Laboratory Experiments, fifth edition, Wilson

SUPPLIES: scientific calculator, scantron grading forms, metric ruler, protractor, and graph paper

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Our first goal is to help students develop a conceptual understanding of physics principles.  Secondly, a strong reasoning ability, combined with a good conceptual understanding, is the legacy that we wish to leave to our students.  We want to show students that physics principles come into play over and over again in their lives.  The SCANS skill building philosophy of establishing a foundation of basic skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities are addressed.  The mastery of five identified competencies: resource identification, interpersonal skills, information acquisition and use, systems understanding and use, and knowledge of current technology is necessary to complete the course requirements.


                50-75% Exams

                20-40% Laboratory Work/Reports

                10-20% Homework

                0-10% optional assignments (e.g. term paper, research report, independent studies)


A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average, D = Poor, F = Failing, W = Withdrawn, I = Incomplete

CLASS ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory meeting and are fully responsible for their attendance.  Students should consult with the instructor when an unavoidable absence due to emergency or illness occurs.  Note; beepers and cellular phones must be silenced during lecture and laboratory attendance.

AMERICANS WITH DISABLILTIES ACT: for information regarding services for students with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, or information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Postsecondary Education, call the Disability Services Office at 972-860-8348 (voice or TDD), or Email EFCDSO@DCCCD.EDU.

WITHDRAWL POLICY: To drop a class with a grade of “W” it is the students responsibility to follow the prescribed procedure as outlined in the college catalog. You must complete a drop/withdrawal request and return it to the Registrar’s Office by the semester deadline. The deadline for receiving a “W” is indicated on the academic calendar and the current class schedule.  If a student stops attending class and does not officially withdraw that student will receive a performance grade based on work completed and missed, usually a grade of “F”.

COURSE CONTENT: subject to change by instructor to insure all pertinent material is covered.

Week 1

                Lecture: Electric Forces
                Laboratory: Introduction to laboratory procedure

Week 2

                Lecture: Electric Fields
                Laboratory: Electrostatics

Week 3

                Lecture: Electric Potential Energy
                Laboratory: Fields & Equipotentials

Week 4

                Lecture: The Electric Potential
                Laboratory: Ohm’s Law

Week 5

                Lecture: Electric Circuits
                Laboratory: Voltmeter & Ammeter

Week 6

                Lecture: Magnetic Forces
                Laboratory: Exam

Week 7

                Lecture: Magnetic Fields
                Laboratory: Capacitance

Week 8

                Lecture: Electromagnetic Induction
                Laboratory: Resistivity

Week 9

                Lecture: Alternating Current Circuits
                Laboratory: Resistance in series/parallel

Week 10

                Lecture: Electromagnetic Waves
                Laboratory: Kirchoff’s Rules

Week 11

                Lecture: The Reflection of Light: Mirrors
                Laboratory: Exam

Week 12

                Lecture: The Refraction of Light: Lenses
                Laboratory: RLC Circuits

Week 13

                Lecture: Interference and the Wave Nature of Light
                Laboratory: Geometric Optics

Week 14

                Lecture: Special Relativity
                Laboratory: Exam

Week 15

                Lecture: Particles and Waves
                Laboratory: open

Week 16

                Final Exam Week