Physics (PHYS) 202
Introductory Physics III (Revision 4)
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PHYS 202 lab exemption
Area of Study: Science
PHYS 202 is not available for challenge.
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.
PHYS 202 comprises the following units
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Electromagnetic Waves
- Geometrical Optics and Optical Instruments
- The wave Nature of Light
- Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom
PHYS 202 includes a compulsory lab component, which comprises six hands-on experiments performed in a place of the student’s choice using lab kit borrowed from Athabasca University Science Lab. The student is expected to provide some additional common household materials. Assessment is based on written lab reports. The PHYS 202 Lab Manual explains the following experiments.
- Basic Electricity and Graphing
- Magnetic Fields of Solenoids
- Earth’s Magnetic Field
- Geometric Optics
- Polarization of Light
- Diffraction of Light
The student may qualify for partial or full transfer of lab credit obtained for equivalent lab work at another institution.(See relevant AU policy and procedure.)
Final grade is based on marks achieved in two assignments, six lab reports, and two examinations. To receive credit, the student must achieve a minimum of 50 percent on the final examination and on the lab component, and a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
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.
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 April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services