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. Online access required:  MasteringPhysics contains College Physics (e-book) with Master Access, 10th edition, Young,  Adams, and Chastain ISBN 9780133858006.   Additional textbook is optional.  ISBN 9780321902566.
    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.  Contact the WTC Bookstore.
  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




Electricity and Magnetism

17. Electric Charge and Electric Field

17.1 Electric Charge
17.2 Conductors and Insulators
17.3 Conservation and Quantization of Charge
17.4 Coulomb’s Law
17.5 Electric Field and Electric Forces
17.6 Calculating Electric Fields
17.7 Electric Field Lines
17.8 Gauss’s Law and Field Calculations
17.9 Charges and Conductors


18. Electric Potential and Capacitance

18.1 Electric Potential Energy
18.2 Potential
18.3 Equipotential Surfaces
18.4 Capacitors
18.5 Capacitors in Series and in Parallel
18.6 Electric-Field Energy
18.7 Dielectrics


19. Current, Resistance, and Direct-Current Circuits

19.1 Current
19.2 Resistance and Ohm’s Law
19.3 Electromotive Force and Circuits
19.4 Energy and Power in Electric Circuits
19.5 Resistors in Series and in Parallel
19.6 Kirchhoff’s Rules
19.7 Electrical Measuring Instruments
19.8 Resistance-Capacitance Circuits
19.9 Physiological Effects of Currents
19.10 Power Distribution Systems


20.  Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces

20.1 Magnetism
20.2 Magnetic Field and Magnetic Force
20.3 Motion of Charged Particles in a Magnetic Field
20.4 Mass Spectrometers
20.5 Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Conductor
20.6 Force and Torque on a Current Loop
20.7 Magnetic Field of a Long, Straight Conductor
20.8 Force Between Parallel Conductors
20.9 Current Loops and Solenoids
20.10 Magnetic-Field Calculations
20.11 Magnetic Materials


21. Electromagnetic Induction

21.1 Induction Experiments
21.2 Magnetic Flux
21.3 Faraday’s Law
21.4 Lenz’s Law
21.5 Motional Electromotive Force
21.6 Eddy Currents
21.7 Mutual Inductance
21.8 Self-Inductance
21.9 Transformers
21.10 Magnetic-Field Energy
21.11 The R-L Circuit
21.12 The L-C Circuit


22. Alternating Current

22.1 Phasors and Alternating Currents
22.2 Resistance and Reactance
22.3 The Series R-L-C Circuit
22.4 Power in Alternating-Current Circuits
22.5 Series Resonance


23. Electromagnetic Waves

23.1 Introduction to Electromagnetic Waves
23.2 Speed of an Electromagnetic Wave
23.3 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
23.4 Sinusoidal Waves
23.5 Energy in Electromagnetic Waves
23.6 Nature of Light
23.7 Reflection and Refraction
23.8 Total Internal Reflection
23.9 Dispersion
23.10 Polarization
23.11 Huygens’s Principle

Light and Optics

24. Geometric Optics

24.1 Reflection at a Plane Surface
24.2 Reflection at a Spherical Surface
24.3 Graphical Methods for Mirrors
24.4 Refraction at a Spherical Surface
24.5 Thin Lenses
24.6 Graphical Methods for Lenses


25. Optical Instruments

25.1 The Camera
25.2 The Eye
25.3 The Magnifier
25.4 The Microscope
25.5 Telescopes


26. Interference and Diffraction

26.1 Interference and Coherent Sources
26.2 Two-Source Interference of Light
26.3 Interference in Thin Films
26.4 Diffraction
26.5 Diffraction from a Single Slit
26.6 Multiple Slits and Diffraction Gratings
26.7 X-Ray Diffraction
26.8 Circular Apertures and Resolving Power
26.9 Holography

Modern Physics

27. Relativity

27.1 Invariance of Physical Laws
27.2 Relative Nature of Simultaneity
27.3 Relativity of Time
27.4 Relativity of Length
27.5 The Lorentz Transformation
27.6 Relativistic Momentum
27.7 Relativistic Work and Energy
27.8 Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics


28. Photons, Electrons, and Atoms

28.1 The Photoelectric Effect
28.2 Line Spectra and Energy Levels
28.3 The Nuclear Atom and the Bohr Model
28.4 The Laser
28.5 X-Ray Production and Scattering
28.6 The Wave Nature of Particles
28.7 Wave-Particle Duality
28.8 The Electron Microscope


29. Atoms, Molecules, and Solids

29.1 Electrons in Atoms
29.2 Atomic Structure
29.3 Diatomic Molecules
29.4 Structure and Properties of Solids
29.5 Energy Bands
29.6 Semiconductors
29.7 Semiconductor Devices
29.8 Superconductivity


30. Nuclear and High-Energy Physics

30.1 Properties of Nuclei
30.2 Nuclear Stability
30.3 Radioactivity
30.4 Radiation and the Life Sciences
30.5 Nuclear Reactions
30.6 Nuclear Fission
30.7 Nuclear Fusion
30.8 Fundamental Particles
30.9 High-Energy Physics
30.10 Cosmology

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



Last Modified: May 29, 2018