PHYS 1102

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

 PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102 emphasize quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics and tools of introductory physics developed without use of calculus. The course offers individualized instruction. There are no scheduled lectures, discussion sections, or labs. Instruction occurs via one-on-one tutoring in the learning center, open Mon-Fri afternoons, Mon-Thurs evenings, and Sundays in fall and spring; Mon-Fri 9am-2pm in summer. Students learn through completing assigned readings, problems, and laboratory exercises and through individualized tutoring. Additionally, videotaped lectures, sample tests, overview sessions, and on-line tutorials are provided. The course format provides flexibility, but in some ways is more demanding than a course with a traditional format. Success requires discipline and well-developed study habits. Students without high school physics can succeed, but should allow extra time. Evaluation includes an oral notebook check and a written test for each unit; these must be completed within a flexible set of deadlines. Major topics for PHYS 1102: electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric currents and circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, quantum physics, nuclear physics. At the level of College Physics vol. 2, fourth ed., by Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.

When Offered Spring, summer.

Permission Note Enrollment may be limited, freshmen are excluded.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1112 or PHYS 2207 or at least a 4 on the AP Physics exam.
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: Students may receive credit for only one course in the following group: AEP 2170, PHYS 1102, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2217.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS)

Comments General introductory physics often taken by students in disciplines such as Biology or Chemistry. Similar in content to PHYS 2208. Summer session: Eight-week, six-week, or second four weeks only for those doing PHYS 1101 in first four weeks.

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6319PHYS 1102  LEC 001

  • Orientation (required for students who did not take Phys 1101) on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm in RCK Schwartz Auditorium. PHYS 1102 allows considerable flexibility, but students must plan to come to the Learning and Testing Centers (RCK 280 and 250) regularly. The Centers are open most afternoons and evenings, beginning at 11:15 am on the first day of class. Time-management skills and self-motivation are crucial to success. Freshmen are not allowed to enroll due to difficulty level and enrollment capacity.