PH-202: General Physics II (1C & 2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-202 General Physics II (1C & 2E)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour, 2 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): PH-201 (with a grade of C or better)

Course Description in college catalog:

Second semester of PH-201, 202 sequence. Topics include vibration and wave motion, electrostatics, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, optics and topics in modern physics.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

This course satisfies the Flexible Core 2E Common Core Requirement for: 

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology 

A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology 

This course may be used to satisfy the Pathways 1C Required Core or the Pathways 2E Flexible Core Requirement

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Use algebra, geometry, trigonometry and graphical methods to describe and analyze physical situations and to solve problems in physics.

  2. Describe and analyze physical situations using graphical representations.

  3. Define physical quantities in oscillations and waves including amplitude, frequency, period, wave speed, interference, standing waves, sound speed in materials and Doppler effect. Solve problems using those concepts.

  4. Define and identify physical quantities in electricity including Electric Field, Force, Potential, Potential Energy, Resistance, Capacitance, their basic SI units. Solve problems using those concepts and analyze DC circuits.

  5. Define magnetic field, magnetic force, induction and State Faraday’s law. Solve problems using those concepts and analyze AC circuits.

  6. Define reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of light, describe the rules governing each. Solve problems in geometric and physical optics.

  7. Discuss Quantum theory, define photon energy and solve problems using those concepts.

  8. Perform experiments and draw meaningful conclusions from data and present them as part of a clear, well-organized report.

  9. Demonstrate Excel skill in physics-related exercises.

  10. Demonstrate Matlab skill in physics-related exercises.

Program-specific outcomes


Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Classroom quizzes

Tests and Final Exam

Graded Homework Assignments

Portfolio Assessment

Classroom Attendance and Participation

Laboratory Performance and Reports (for WI sections)

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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