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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Algebra Based General Physics II
Credit is recommended for examinees with a minimum score of 3 in a score range of 1-5. Credit may be granted as 4 semester hours in algebra-based General Physics II OR as 3 semester hours in algebra-based General Physics II AND 1 semester hour in algebra-based General Physics Lab.


This examination is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.

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The skills measured include principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and topics in modern physics. The course is based on seven Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. The following are Big Ideas: Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure. Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions. The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces. Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems. Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws. Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena. The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems.
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