Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
PHYS102: Introduction to Electromagnetism
Self-Paced (42 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 general physics


The course objective is to explore the physical underpinnings of our universe, the basic principles of physical law, their application to the behavior of objects, and how we use the scientific method to drive advances in knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

  • analyze situations involving simple harmonic motion
  • apply Hooke's Law to solve problems involving springs
  • apply Coulomb's Law to solve problems involving electric charges and fields
  • apply the formulas for the electric potential and electric potential energy
  • solve problems involving circuits and the basic components of a circuit (resistor, battery, inductor, and capacitor)
  • solve problems involving magnetic fields of certain objects (permanent magnets, current-carrying wires, wire loops, and solenoids) and Ampere's Law
  • solve problems involving the motion of a charged particle in electric and magnetic fields
  • use Faraday's and Lenz's Laws to solve problems involving electromagnetic induction
  • use Maxwell's equations to explain some of the properties of electromagnetic waves
  • solve problems involving image formation by mirrors and lenses and the laws of refraction
  • explain phenomena caused by the wave nature of light
  • explain the postulates and consequences of the special theory of relativity

General Topics:

  • Mechanical vibrations and waves in extended objects
  • Electrostatics
  • Electronic circuit theory
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Optics
  • Special relativity
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • final proctored exam

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials