PHY-252 General Physics II

This course is offered at Surry each spring semester.

Course Description

This course uses calculus-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric fields, electric potentials, direct-current circuits, magnetostatic forces, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, alternating-current circuits, and light. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered.
Prerequisites: MAT-272 and PHY-251.


Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 4th Edition
Randall D. Knight
Package (ISBN 9780133953145) Contains:
 Student Workbook, and
MasteringPhysics Access Card

Topics Covered

  1. Oscillations
  2. Traveling Waves
  3. Superposition
  4. Electric Charges and Forces
  5. The Electric Field
  6. Gauss’s Law
  7. The Electric Potential
  8. Potential and Field
  9. Current and Resistance
  10. Fundamentals of Circuits
  11. The Magnetic Field
  12. Electromagnetic Induction
  13. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  14. AC Circuits
  15. Wave Optics
  16. Ray Optics
  17. Optical Instruments