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Physics 112: Physics II


Varies; self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

December 2013 – December 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the three means of heat is transferred and give examples for each; restate the first and second laws of thermodynamics in their own words; apply the ideal gas law to calculate the pressure, volume or temperature of an ideal; gas; discuss the characteristics of the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum; demonstrate ray tracing techniques for lenses and mirrors; calculate the electric field generated by a charge at a given distance; explain the relationship between moving electric charges and magnetic fields; calculate the changes we see (length contraction, time dilation) due to things moving at relativistic speeds; and paraphrase what wave-particle duality means for; material objects such as electrons or planets.


The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: energy transfers in physics, heat transfer and thermodynamics, heat transfer and interaction, thermodynamics and ideal gas law, the basics of thermodynamics, ideal gas law, ideal gas law and kinetic theory, light and electromagnetic waves, applying wave optics, mirrors and lenses in geometric optics, basics of electrostatics, magnetic and electric forces and fields, magnetism basics, voltage, current and resistance in circuits, series, parallel and combined circuits, capacitors, inductors, and alternating currents, modern quantum theory, atomic and nuclear theory, basic nuclear physics, and general and special relativity.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower level baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Physics or General Science (12/17).