This is the second part of the two-semester General College Physics Course taught at NOVA.

The course is a non-calculus treatment of physics dealing with topics in classical and modern physics. It is intended for students in some of the two-year technical programs offered at NVCC and also for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, Liberal Arts and pre-teaching non-science majors, thus satisfying the requirement for laboratory science at many four-year institutions.


PHY 201 .

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify which physics principles and concepts are applicable to a given problem
  • Execute the necessary steps in order to obtain a solution to physics problems
  • Apply critical thinking to their respective occupational field and day-to-day life
  • Collect, record, and interpret experimental data and obtain meaningful results
  • Communicate effectively on physics-related issues.

Topics Included

  • Electrostatics: Coulomb’s law, electric field, electric potential, and electric potential energy, capacitors,
  • Electric currents: Ohm’s law, DC circuits, Kirchhoff’s Rules
  • Magnetism: magnetic force and magnetic field
  • Electromagnetic Induction: Faraday’s Law, Induced voltage, Inductance, AC circuits
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Geometric optics: Snell’s Law, lenses and mirrors, optical instruments
  • Wave Optics: Interference and diffraction, Young’s Double Slit experiment
  • Quantum physics
  • Atomic physics
  • Nuclear physics and Radioactivity


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