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Physics II

Electromagnetism, Optics, and Nuclear Physics

Electromagnetism, Optics, and Nuclear Physics serves as an introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics, waves, and quantum and nuclear physics. Students will explore these topics as they obtain practical experience with electrical circuits and optical devices. Students will also investigate modern physical phenomena, including the quantum nature of light (photons) and properties of the atomic nucleus. Students will learn both how scientific inquiry reveals the fundamental properties of the universe and how these properties are applied in technologies that shape the modern world.

This is the second course in a sequence of algebra-based (non-calculus) courses, designed by the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), which fulfills a general physics requirement. Proficiency in algebra and geometry is assumed. Students will develop critical thinking, empirical, and quantitative skills through analysis of physical situations and problem solving. Students can earn three hours of UT Austin credit, with feedback and assessment provided by UT Austin course staff.



Electric charge and force, Gauss’s Law, electric potential, capacitance, current, resistance, and direct-current circuits


Magnetic force and fields, Ampere’s Law, magnetic materials, Faraday’s Law, magnetic induction, and alternating-current circuits


Electromagnetic waves, wave optics, reflection and refraction, and mirrors, lenses, and optical instruments


Photons, quantum physics, atomic models, and nuclear physics

  • TCCN: PHYS 1302
  • UT Course Code: PHY 302L
    • 3 College Credits

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