PHYS 1402
General College Physics

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving.  Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving.
    2. Prerequisites: PHYS 1401 College Physics I (lecture and laboratory).
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
    1. Solve Problems involving the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles, and electrical forces, fields, and currents.
    2. Apply Kirchhoff’s Rules to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, inductance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
    3. Solve problems in the electrostatic interaction of point charges through the application of Coulomb’s Law.
    4. Solve problems involving the effects of magnetic fields on moving charges or currents, and the relationship of magnetic fields to the currents which produce them.
    5. Use Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws to determine electromotive forces and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction.
    6. Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.
    7. Describe the characteristics of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
    8. Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
    9. Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.
    10. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly n written reports.
    11. Solve problems applying the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.
    12. Solve practical problems involving optics, lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1.  The midterm and the final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask your instructor for more details).
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their midterm and final exam.
    3. Students are allowed to use the formula sheet provided for the midterm and final exam.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirements 1 – There will be 6 unit tests
    2. Major Requirements 2 – There will be 6 unit lab write-ups.  Students are not allowed to take the final exam until at least 4 unit lab write-ups are completed.
    3. Major Requirements 3 – There will be a midterm and final exam.
    4. Unit tests, midterm, and final are all timed.
  5. Grading System
    1. See the First Day Handout for the percentages of the average in this course and the letter grade breakdown for the final grade.
  6.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Text Required-
      1. Dr. Lu’s Class: Mastering Physics Plus Access Card, by Young.  Book Bundle with Access Card ISBN: 9781323129494.
      2. Other Instructor Classes:  College Physics, OpenStax College, ISBN 978-1-938168-00-0.  And WebAssign Homework subscription:  Pay and register at
    2. Lab kits will be required:  e-Science, For PHYS 1402 (only):  Lab Kit #2540
      Or for PHYS 1401 and 1402 combined:  Lab Kit #2541
  7. Other policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdraw information
    5. Student conduct/ Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  8. Course Organization and Schedule




18, 19, 20

Electric Charge, Electric Potential Energy, Electric Field, and Electric Current


Chapter 18 – Electric Charge and Electric Field:
Static Electricity and charge: Conservation of Charge; Conductors and Insulators; Coulomb's Law; Electric Field: Concept of a Field Revisited; Electric Field Line: Multiple Charges; Application of Electrostatics
Chapter 19 – Electric Potential and Electric Field:
Electric Potential Energy: Potential Difference; Electric Potential
in a Uniform Electric Field; Electrical Potential Due to a Point Charge; Equipotential Lines; Capacitors and Dielectrics; Capacitors in Series and Parallel; Energy Stored in Capacitors
Chapter 20 – Electric Current, Resistance, and Ohm's Law
Current; Ohm's Law: Resistance and Simple Circuits; Resistance
and Resistivity; Electric Power and Energy; Alternating Current
Verse Direct Current 

21, 22, 23

Circuits, Magnetism, and Electromagnetic Induction

Chapter 21—Circuits and DC Instruments:
Resistors in Series and Parallel; Electromotive Force; Kirchhoff's Rules; DC Voltmeters and Ammeters; Null Measurements; DC Circuits Containing Resistors and Capacitors
Chapter 22-- Magnetism: Magnets; Ferromagnets and Electromagnets; Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Field Lines; Magnetic Field Strength: Force on Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field; The Hall Effect; Magnetic Force on a Current - Carrying Conductor;  Torque on a Current Loop: Motors and Meters; Magnetic Field Produced by Current: Ampere's Law; Magnetic Force between Two Parallel Conductors
Chapter 23—Electromagnetic Induction, AC Circuits, and Electrical Technologies: Induced Emf and Magnetic Flux; Faraday's Law of Induction: Len's Law; Motional Emf; Eddy Current and Magnetic Damping; Electric Generators; Transformers; Inductance; RLC Series AC Circuits

24, 25, 26, 27

Electromagnetic Waves, Optics

Chapter 24—Electromagnetic Waves: Maxwell's Equations; Production of Electromagnetic Waves
Chapter 25—Geometric Optics: The Law of Reflection; The Law of refraction; ; Total Internal Reflection; Dispersion: The Rainbow and Prisms; Image Formation by Lenses and Mirrors
Chapter 26 -- Vision and Optical Instruments:
Physics of the Eye; Vision Correction; Microscope; Color Vision; Telescope; Aberrations
Chapter 27—Waves Optics: Interference; Diffraction; Young's Double Slit; Single Slit Diffraction; Polarization


Selected sections from

Chapters 18-27

28, 29

Special Relativity, Introduction to Quantum Physics

Chapter 28—Special relativity: Einstein's Postulates; Simultaneity and Time Dilation; Length Contraction; Relativistic Energy
Chapter 29—Introduction to Quantum Physics:
Quantization of Energy; The Photoelectric Effect; Photon Momentum; The Particle- Waves Duality; The Wave Nature of Matter; The Heisenberq Uncertainty Principle

30, 31, 32

Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Chapter 30-- Atomic Physics:
Discovery of the Atom; Bohr's Theory of the Hydrogen Atom; X Ray; The Wave Nature of Matter; The Pauli Exclusion Principle
Chapter 31-- Nuclear Physics: Nuclear Radioactivity; Radiation Detection and Detectors; Nuclear Decay and Conservation Laws; Half-Life and Activity; Binding Energy
Chapter 32—Medical Application of Nuclear Physics:
Medical Imaging and Diagnostics; Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation; Therapeutic Uses of Ionizing Radiation; Food Irradiation; Fusion; Fission

33, 34

Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics and New

Chapter 33-- Particle Physics: The Yukawa Particle and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle revisited; The Four Basic Forces; Accelerators create Matter from Energy; Particles, Patterns, and Conservation Laws; Quarks; GUTs
Chapter 34-- Frontiers of Physics: Cosmology and Particle Physics; General Relativity; and Quantum Gravity; Superstrings;
Dark Matter and Closure; Complexity and Chaos; High-temperature Superconductors

Final Exam

Selected sections from
18 - 34

More emphasis will be given to 28 -34.

Disclaimer:  Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: August 24, 2017