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 Course Title:   General Physics II

 Title Abbreviation:   GENERAL PHYSICS II

 Department:    PHYS&

 Course #:    135

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Continuation of PHYS& 134 with emphasis on atomic theory of gases, heat, waves, sound and geometric optics.


Prerequisite: MATH 99. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS& 125 required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 112
U of W 115
WSU 1XX Transfers as 101 when taken with PHYS& 134, 124, and 125. Transfers as 102 when taken with PHYS& 136, 126, and 125.
WWU Transfers as 115 when taken with PHYS& 125.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Have a conceptual knowledge of heat, wave phenomena and geometric and wave optics
  2. Solve algebra-based problems involving heat, waves, optics, and related topics
  3. Recognize diverse learning styles through group work in the classroom and in the laboratory

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Properties of fluid
  2. Harmonic motion
  3. Waves
  4. Sound
  5. Geometric optics, mirrors, and lenses
  6. Interference, diffraction, and polarization
  7. Temperature and heat
  8. Thermal properties of matter (gas laws, thermal expansion)
  9. Thermodynamics, entropy