Physics (PHYS) 202

Introductory Physics III (Revision 4)

PHYS 202

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook), home lab component (Order the lab kit online). Additional supplies required for PHYS 202 lab. This course is charged a lab fee.

PHYS 202 lab exemption

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: PHYS 200 or PHYS 204 or equivalent.

PHYS 202 is not available for challenge.

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PHYS 202 is a junior, algebra-based course that provides an introduction to magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics, and basic quantum theory. PHYS 202 combined with either PHYS 200 or PHYS 201 gives the equivalent of one year in introductory physics able to be matched to offerings at other institutions.


Theory Section:

  1. Magnetism
  2. Electromagnetic Induction
  3. Electromagnetic Waves
  4. Geometrical Optics and Optical Instruments
  5. The wave Nature of Light
  6. Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom

Experimental Section:

  1. Basic Electricity and Graphing
  2. Magnetic Fields of Solenoids
  3. Earth’s Magnetic Field
  4. Geometric Optics
  5. Polarization of Light
  6. Diffraction of Light

Lab Component

A compulsory lab component requires that students perform labs in a place of their choice using lab kit borrowed from Athabasca University Science Lab, and some household items.


To receive credit for PHYS 202, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. You must also get a total lab mark of at least a 50 percent to pass the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignments 1 & 2
Lab Work Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Giancoli, Douglas C., 2005. Physics, 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, February 12, 2014.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services