Physics 1207 Curriculum Guidelines

This is the Physics 1207 Curriculum Guideline as of January 2018.  You can find it, and other courses, on the Douglas College web page at

Course Code & Number:PHYS 1207
Transcript Title:Intro General Physics II
Descriptive Title:Introductory General Physics I
Description: This is a non-calculus based course intended for students pursuing a career in Life Sciences. Topics include electrostatics; direct current circuits; magnetic force and field; electromagnetic induction; geometric optics; interference, diffraction, and polarization of light; temperature; thermal properties of matter; gas laws; laws of thermodynamics.


Method Of Instruction:Lecture, Lab, Partially Online
Contact Hours:4 hours lecture / 3 hours laboratory per week
Prerequisites: PHYS 1107 or equivalent


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

1.  Identify the following quantities and their SI units (where applicable): wavelength, frequency, velocity, index of refraction, focal length, radius of curvature, magnification, electric charge, force, electric field, potential, potential difference, capacitance, permittivity, dielectric constant, electromotive force, current, resistance, resistivity, power, energy, time constant, magnetic field, torque, permeability, magnetic flux, temperature, coefficient of expansion, pressure, volume, mass, mole, gas constant, molecular mass, Avogadro’s number, heat, specific heat, latent heat, thermal conductivity, internal energy, work, efficiency.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts, procedures, and principles through the solution of problems: law of reflection; law of refraction / Snell’s law; total internal reflection; mirror equation; lens makers equation; thin lens equation; constructive and destructive interference with light waves; Brewster’s law; Rayleigh’s criterion; Coulomb’s law; vector addition via components; electric field; electric potential energy, potential and potential difference; charged particle motion in an electric field; capacitance; capacitor combinations; energy storage in capacitors; electric current; Ohm’s law; resistance and resistivity; electric energy and power; resistor combinations; Kirchhoff’s rules; capacitor charging; magnetic force on moving charge; magnetic force on current carrying conductor; torque on a current loop; Ampere’s law; Faraday’s law; Lenz’s law; motional emf; modern phsics; radioactivity; thermal expansion of solids and liquids; gas laws; heat capacity; phase change; conservation of energy; calorimetry; heat transfer via conduction; first law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic processes; efficiency;  Camot cycle; entropy.

3.  Perform laboratory experiments and analyze the data obtained using appropriate graphing techniques, scientific notation, significant figures, and experimental uncertainty consideration.

4.  Write a formal laboratory report in the conventional format required for submissions to scientific journals.

Course Content

Electricity and Magnetism: electrostatic force and field; electric potential; capacitance; direct current circuit elements; direct current circuit analysis; magnetic force and field; magnetic force applications; Ampere’s law; direct current meters; electromagnetic induction; generators.

Light: wave nature of light, reflection and refraction, mirrors and lenses, interference and diffraction; polarization of light.

Heat: temperature and thermometers; thermal expansion of solids and liquids; Gas Laws; heat capacity and latent heats; heat transfer; thermodynamics.

Laboratory Experiments: the spectrometer; wavelength determinations; thin lenses; wave optics; charged particles in an electric field; electric circuits and resistance measurements; Kirchhoff’s rules and circuit analysis/capacitance; radioactivity; motion of charged particles in a magnetic field; introduction to the oscilloscope; electromagnetic induction; thermal linear expansion of solids; heating effect of an electric current/conservation of energy.

Methods Of Instruction

Classroom time will be divided between the presentation and discussion of concepts on the one hand and the application of these concepts in problem solving on the other. The laboratory program will involve weekly, three hour sessions during which students will perform a set number of experiments. Some group work will be required.

Text Books\MaterialsTextbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Douglas College, Physics 1207 Laboratory Experiments.

Exact course materials will be selected by the instructor at the time of the course, but will be similar to Urone and Hinrichs, Open Stax, College Physics (current edition).

Means Of Assessment

The final grade in the course will be determined based on the following:

  1. final examination – minimum 30% / maximum of 40%
  2. test administered during the semester – minimum one test/maximum two tests – minimum 20% / maximum 30%
  3. submitted laboratory reports – 20%
  4. quizzes and/or assignments (possibly online) – minimum 10% / maximum of 20%



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