Physics 142


A physics course taught on the algebraic and trigonometric level. Electricity, light, and modern physics are studied. Topics include charge, electric fields, electric potential difference, basic circuits, magnetism, waves, geometrical optics, and atomics physics.

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Identify physical situations relating to the concepts of electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear nature of matter..
  • Use mathematics in solving physics problems.
  • Apply knowledge of vectors analysis to concepts of electricity and magnetism.
  • Apply data reduction techniques in laboratory experiments.


  • Static Electric Forces
  • Electric Potential
  • Capacitance and Resistance, Basic Circuits
  • Magnetism and Induction
  • Nature of Light
  • Geometric Optics
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics


The course is entirely online.  Homework is not collected but there is a weekly online quiz that follows the homework.  Each lesson generally has a quiz and a laboratory.  The labs are presented as virtual equipment similar to those in a real laboratory.  There is no separate lab manual.

Problems are mostly one-step algebra.  Some problems involve trigonometry; however, the trigonometry information is given, so no knowledge of trig is necessary.

There are four exams including the final, which is not comprehensive.

The textbook used in the course is

"College Physics Hybrid Editon" by Raymond A. Serway and Chris Vuille (Tenth Edition)"

ISBN-13    9781285761954
ISBN-10    1285761952

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