College Physics II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PHY 132

       Course Name: College Physics II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PHY 131

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues PHY 131. Content includes sound, mechanical waves, electrostatic forces, capacitance, electric current, voltage, resistance, magnetism, Faraday’s law, electrical instruments and electrical safety; light, geometric and physical optics, and optical instruments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following at an acceptable level.

  1. Explain the conditions necessary for producing static electric charges and differentiate various static electric phenomena.
  2. Describe capacitors and show the relationship between voltage, charge and capacitance.
  3. Connect simple circuits using voltage sources, wires and resistances. Measure and calculate voltage drops, currents, and resistance.
  4. Discuss D.C. and A.C. circuits and differentiate how voltmeters, ammeters, multimeters and ohmmeters are connected and interpreted.
  5. Demonstrate electrical safety standards while working in the laboratory.
  6. Describe RC, RL and RLC circuits, especially exponential growth and decay.
  7. Integrate the concepts of electricity and magnetism, particularly electromagnetic induction, Ampere's Law and Faraday's Law.
  8. Explain the origin of light as electromagnetic waves, and apply the ray model of light to geometric optics including ray tracing, reflection, Snell's laws, critical angle and common optical devices such as the eye, telescope, microscope, prism and camera.
  9. Explain diffraction, interference, dispersion, resolution, spectrum, polarization and scattering.
  10. Utilize the concept of sound as a wave to analyze interference of sound, including beats.
  11. Explain the Doppler Effect and apply to light and sound.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Waves
    1. Wave Motion and Types of Waves
    2. Energy Transported
    3. Intensity versus Amplitude
    4. Reflection and Transmission
    5. Standing Waves and Resonance
  2. Sound
    1. Intensity and Decibels
    2. The Ear and its Response to Sound
    3. Strings and Columns
    4. Interference, Beats and the Doppler Effect
  3. Electric Charge and Electric Field
    1. Static Electricity
    2. Insulators and Conductors
    3. Coulomb’s Law
    4. The Electric Field
    5. Electric Fields and Conductors
    6. Gauss’s Law
  4. Electric Potential
    1. Electric Potential Energy and Potential Difference
    2. Equipotential Lines and Surfaces
    3. Energy and the Electron Volt
    4. Capacitance and Dielectrics
    5. The Electrocardiogram
  5. Electric Currents
    1. The Battery
    2. Electric Current
    3. Ohm’s Law and Resistance
    4. Power
    5. Household Circuits and Alternating Current
  6. DC Circuits
    1. Electromotive Force and Terminal Voltage
    2. Resistors in Series and Parallel
    3. Kirchhoff’s Rules
    4. Capacitors in Series and Parallel
    5. Resistor-Capacitor Circuits
    6. Electric Hazards
    7. Ammeters and Voltmeters
  7. Magnetism
    1. Magnets and Magnetic Fields
    2. Sources of Magnetic Fields
    3. Force on Charged Particles
    4. Solenoids and Electromagnets
    5. Ampère’s Law
    6. Motors
  8. Electromagnetic Induction
    1. Induced EMF
    2. Faraday’s Law, and Lenz’s Law
    3. Generators
    4. Transformers and Transmission of Power
    5. Inductance
    6. Energy Stores in the Magnetic Field
    7. Inductor-Resistor Circuits
  9. Electromagnetic Waves
    1. Maxwell’s Equations
    2. Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
    3. Energy in Electromagnetic Waves
  10. Geometric Optics
    1. The Ray Model of Light
    2. Reflection
    3. Refraction and the Index of Refraction
    4. Thin Lenses and Ray Tracing
    5. Magnification
  11. The Wave Nature of Light
    1. Huygen’s Principle and Diffraction
    2. Interference and the Double Slit
    3. Dispersion
    4. Polarization
  12. Optical Instruments
    1. Cameras
    2. The Human Eye
    3. Magnifying Glass
    4. Telescopes and Resolution

Laboratory Exerises: A minimum of ten laboratory exercises will be done from the following list:

  1. Experimental Uncertainty (Error) and Data Analysis
  2. Operations of a Current Limiting Power Supply
  3. Ohm's Law
  4. Ammeters and Voltmeters
  5. Resistances in Series and Parallel
  6. Joule Heat
  7. The RC Time Constant
  8. Reflection and Refraction
  9. Spherical Mirrors and Lenses
  10. Air Column Resonance: The Speed of Sound in Air
  11. EMF and Terminal Voltage
  12. The OpAmp
  13. OpAmp Applications
  14. Resistivity
  15. Multiloop Circuits: Kirchhoff's Rules
  16. Electromagnetic Induction
  17. The Diode
  18. The Oscilloscope and AC Circuits

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The lecture, demonstration, problem solving, cooperative learning, and discussion method will be used throughout the course. In addition, laboratory demonstrations and hands-on activities will be performed, and selected videotapes may be shown.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. The required readings will include the textbook, laboratory manual, and selected material supplied by the instructor.
  2. Mathematics and problem solving will be used. Basic algebra will be used throughout the course. A review of these skills may be necessary. Students should be aware that such a review might be needed and should seek appropriate assistance. Students will be expected to use a hand‑held scientific calculator throughout the course.
  3. Laboratory practice includes correct setup of the apparatus, performing the experiment, collecting and analyzing the data, and submitting a write-up as required by the instructor. Students are required to locate, retrieve and replace all needed lab equipment at designated places and clean up the work area before leaving.
  4. Students will be expected to write at least six laboratory reports. The instructor will determine the experiments that will be written up.
  5. Team work is encouraged and needed for efficient lab work.
  6. Safe work practices, as established by the instructor, must be strictly followed by all students.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text equivalent to:  Physics, Giancoli, 7th edition, Prentice Hall, 2013, or equivalent

Lab activity handouts produced by Oakton Community College’s Department of Physics will be available electronically.

Calculator:  Any Scientific Calculator. However, the instructor may require a specific calculator to be used during quizzes and exams.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

This may vary by instructor. In general, methods of evaluation will include tests and quizzes that include an opportunity for students to demonstrate problem solving ability and conceptual understanding of the material. Homework will be assigned, but its inclusion in the student’s grade may vary by instructor. Lab write-ups will be required but their format and weight on the student’s grade may vary by instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy is determined by the instructor.

Tutoring services are available through the Learning Center.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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