Physics II with Calculus

Course Code: PHY2049C

Credit Hours: 5

Effective beginning: Spring 2021


Course Description:
A continuation of PHY 2048. Topics covered are electrostatics, direct current circuits, alternating current circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, sound, light, atomic physics, and nuclear physics, with laboratory applications of these topics. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Course Details


Corequisite or Prerequisite: MAC 2313

Prerequisite: PHY 2048C


Dr. Jeff Bodart


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Essential University Physics, Richard Wolfson, Addison-Wesley, 4th edition. ISBN: 9780134988566


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology.

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts. 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Solve applications of electricity and magnetism using proper SI units for physical measurements.

Examine the relationship between the forces on electric charges and the electric field that surrounds discrete and continuous charge distributions.

Calculate the changes in energy arising from motion within an electric field or stored in systems of charged conductors.

Analyze the flow of current in electrical circuits to determine how energy is distributed between the components in simple DC circuits.

Calculate the magnetic fields and forces arising from distributions of electric currents and moving charges.

Quantify the relationship between a changing magnetic flux and the EMF induced in a circuit.Describe the properties of light as it propagates through space in applications involving optics and optical instruments.

Apply textbook principles in a lab setting using computer-based measurement acquisition systems.


NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

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NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

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NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

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Objective Tests, Problem Solving, Unit Tests, Cumulative Final, Experiments, Projects



Lecture is the primary method of instruction covering topics primarily from the textbook and including numerous examples of the problem-solving techniques used in physics and engineering. The presentation makes use of the overhead projection system, class demonstrations, and board illustrations. Students are responsible for any material contained within the assigned chapters of the textbook, as well as any material covered during lecture. Students should read the text, study in-class notes and work through the previous exam samples posted on the instructor’s website. The student’s understanding of the material and the problem-solving techniques covered in class are assessed using three to four multi-part problems which must be solved using the methods learned in class. Assignments completed in and outside of class count toward the semester grade, as well as participation in the required lab section accompanying the course. Laboratory exercises include electric field mapping, voltage/resistance measurements with the DMM, DC circuits, oscilloscopes, and AC circuits, which include computer-aided data acquisition techniques. In the final lab sessions, students are expected to complete a group project that demonstrates some aspect of magnetic fields learned from class.

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