PHYSICS 240 - General Physics II
Fall 2020, Section 003
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 235 or 260.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 140 or 160; and MATH 116, 121, 156, 186, or 296. Students should elect PHYSICS 241 concurrently.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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PHYSICS 240 is a continuation of PHYSICS 140, and covers topics in electricity and magnetism: charge, Coulomb's law, electric fields, Gauss' law, electric potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, EMF and circuits, magnetic fields, Biot-Savart law, Amperes law, Faraday's Law of Induction, simple AC circuits, and electromagnetic waves. PHYSICS 240 students should elect PHYSICS 241 (lab).

Course Requirements:

The course grade is based on homework, class participation, six in-class quizzes, and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

Fall 2020 Course Information:

This course welcomes entirely online participation. 

Class Format:

Fall 2020 Course Information:

Instruction mode: As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.

Learning mode: This course will be synchronous. 

Testing Format: Synchronous, timed, online exams using the Canvas quiz platform (with accommodations in the timing of the exam where warranted).


PHYSICS 240 - General Physics II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students should elect PHYSICS 241 as the corresponding laboratory course.
002 (LEC)
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Students should elect PHYSICS 241 as the corresponding laboratory course.
003 (LEC)
MTuWTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Students should elect PHYSICS 241 as the corresponding laboratory course.

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