Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
Physics 112
36 hours (16 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 General Physics II


Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze and apply foundational physics concepts, such as electrostatics, energy transfers, and electromagnetic waves.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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
  • Paraphrase what wave-particle duality means for material objects such as electrons or planets

General Topics:

  • Energy Transfers in Physics
  • Heat Transfer & Interaction
  • The Basics of Thermodynamics
  • Ideal Gas Law & Kinetic Theory
  • Light & Electromagnetic Waves
  • Mirrors & Lenses in Geometric Optics
  • Basics of Electrostatics
  • Magnetism Basics
  • Series, Parallel & Combined Circuits
  • Capacitors, Inductors & Alternating Current
  • Modern Quantum Theory
  • Basic Nuclear Physics
  • General & Special Relativity
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials