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PHYS 1102 General Physics II

Course description

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.

Students may receive credit for only one course in the following group: PHYS 1102, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2217, AEP 2170.


PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1112 or PHYS 2207 or at least a 4 on the AP Physics exam. Includes less mathematical analysis than PHYS 2208 but more than PHYS 1201 and PHYS 1204.


PHYS 1102 001-LEC On-campus 8-week session

Session:8-week session
Class dates:June 10-August 6, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 8 AM - 2 PM Rockefeller Hall 280
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Taylor, N. (nwt2)
Max. enroll:20
Notes:You can take PHYS 1101 or 1102 during the 8-week session. If you are taking both PHYS 1101 & 1102, you need to be done with 1101 by the end of the fourth week so you have at least 4 weeks to complete 1102. Taking both in 8 weeks is extremely challenging.
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.

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