PHYS135C: Physics II (Algebra-based)

Credits 4 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 2 Lecture Hours 3
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This is a study of classical physics. Topics include oscillations, mechanical waves and sound, fluids, heat, electrostatics, Ohm’s law, D.C. circuits, electromagnetism, and geometrical optics. A graphing calculator will be required.


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.
  • State, interpret, and apply the definitions of physical quantities related to fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, and geometrical optics.
  • Set up and solve problems, including word problems, analytically using algebra and trigonometry.
  • Solve problems using numerical methods.
  • Solve problems using graphical methods, including problems in geometrical optics.
  • Set up laboratory equipment safely and efficiently, plan and carry out experimental procedures, identify and reduce sources of error, analyze and interpret data, and summarize findings in a laboratory report.