Physics (PHYS) 202

Introductory Physics III (Revision 3)

PHYS 202

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with home lab component. 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 equivalent.

Centre: Centre for Science

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 Library, and some household items. Lab evaluation is based on written reports about the experiments performed.


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 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


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

Other materials

The course materials include a student manual, a course manual, a study guide, a lab guide, and Graphical Analysis software. Students will access all these materials 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 3, March 25, 2009.

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