General Physics II

General Course Information

Course Director Name: Ms. Sharlene Beharry

Course Lecturer Name(s): Ms. Sharlene Beharry

Course Director Contact Information: Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Director Contact Information: 473 444 4175 Ext 3819; Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: 473 444 4175 Ext 3819;

Course Director Office Hours:     Tuesdays  1 pm – 3 pm.  email for a meeting time

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Tuesdays  1 pm – 3 pm.  email for a meeting time

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information


This course consists of a study of the basic principles of electrostatics, current electricity (direct and alternating ), magnetism, electromagnetism and geometrical optics. Also included is a brief introduction to lasers and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. This is a non-calculus course.

General Objectives:

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of Physics as related to electrostatics, current electricity, magnetism, light and geometic optics, actomic and nuclear physics. 

Learning Outcomes for PHYS 202 – General Physics II

At the end of PHYS 202 students are expected to 

  1. Understand Physical Quantities, Units and Measurements, Vectors and Scalars and the basic laws of Physics.
  2. Apply the laws of Physics in the areas of Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetism, Optics and Lasers and Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  3. Apply mathematics (non - calculus) in solving problems in Electrostatics, Current Electricity (AC and DC), Magnetism, Optics and Lasers and Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
  4. Apply the laws and concepts to problems in biology and medicine.
  5. Use of laboratory experiments in understanding the laws of Physics.    

Program Outcomes Met by this Course:

Biology Program Outcomes:

  1. Apply the scientific process for conducting laboratory and diagnostic experiments, testing hypothesis, interpreting data and communicating results.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication of scientific knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Course Materials:

  1. Physics: Principles with Applications – Douglas C Giancoli 7th edition. Pearson.   
    Accessible via SGU Library in ProQuest
    ProQuest. 185734
  2. College Physics: A Strategic Approach – Knight, Jones and Field. 3rd edition. Pearson.  
    Accessible SGU Library in ProQuest
  3. Supplementary Readings

Lecture Notes; Laboratory scripts; Internet resources


Class assignments/ quizzes: 

Quiz # 1             [5%]     31st January 2022


Quiz # 2             [5%]       28th February 2022 


Quiz # 3             [5%]     4th April 2022


Physics Dairy  [10%] 22nd April 2022

The breakdown of the overall grade will be as follows:

               Class Exams and assignments    25% 

               Midterm examination                  25% 

               Laboratory work                          25% 

               Final Exam                                   25%


  1. Assignments submitted past deadline time and date will be subjected to a late mark penalty of minus 2% of the assignment weighting unless permission is granted by the instructor.   
  2. All assignments are to be submitted on Sakai in pdf format and not emailed to the instructor unless permission is granted.   

SAS Grading Scale Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 



Electrostatics, Electric Charge,  History, The Electric Force (between two charges and a multiplicity of charges),  Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field, Methods of determining the Electric Field for simple situations , Charge density (line, surface, volume),  Dipole, Gauss’s Law with simple applications, Movement of charge in electric field, Electric Potential, Relation to Electric Field, Voltage, Electric Potential for simple situations, Capacitance, Capacitors in Series and Parallel, Dielectrics, Energy stored, The CRO, Applications of Electrostatics.


Definition of Electric current ,Definition at the microscopic level. Current density, Ohm’s Law, Resistivity, Resistances in series and parallel, Voltage sources, Voltmeters and Ammeters, Simple DC Electrical circuits, Kirchhoff’s Laws , Power Dissipated, Household Electricity. Alternating current (AC), Rms value , Peak to peak value, Impedance, Ohm’s Law for AC circuits, Impedance for pure resistance , inductance and capacitance, Phase between voltage and current, Phasors, Power dissipated , Charging and discharging capacitors, Series Resonance (R,L,C). Introduction to digital electronics.


Some History, Why Magnetic Force cannot be defined as gravitational and electric force, Definition of Magnetic Force, The Magnetic Field, Force on a wire carrying a current, Force between two wires,  Gauss’s Law for Magnetic Field, Biot-Savart’s Law, Ampere’s Law , Faraday’s Law, Magnetic Fields for simple structures, solenoid and electromagnets,  Transformer, Electric bell, Electric Motor and Generator, Loudspeaker, Mass spectrometer, Maxwell’s Electromagnetic equations for free space. 


Waves and Rays, Reflection, Refraction, Mirrors (plane, concave and convex), Thin Lenses  (convex and concave), Image formation, Wave effects, The Human Eye and Optical Defects, Accommodation, Introduction to and application of lasers.


Blackbody radiation, Planck’s Quantum Hypothesis, Photon theory and Photoelectric Effect,  Bohr’s Model, Binding Energy, X rays , The atomic Nucleus, radioactivity, Half-life and rate of decay. 

Tentative Course Schedule (dates are subjective to change)



Lab / Quiz


Electrostatics: Brief history, Electric Charge; Electric force, Coulombs Law. Electric Field. Field lines, Electric Flux

Introduction and Grouping Lectures possible during lab period if free.


Electrostatics: Dipole, Methods of determining the Electric Field; Integration Method (qualitative); Gauss’s Law; Electric Potential

Lab 1


Electrostatics: Movement of charge in electric field; Work, Energy and Electric Potential, Capacitance, Series and Parallel combinations; Dielectrics; Energy Stored; The CRO; Applications of Electrostatics

Lab 2

Quiz #1 

Mon 31st Jan 2022


Current Electricity: Electric current; Microscopic level; Current Density; Ohm’s Law; Resistivity; Resistance; Series and Parallel combinations; Voltage sources;

Lab 3




Current Electricity: Voltmeters and ammeters; Simple DC Electrical circuits; Kirchhoff’s Laws; Power dissipated; Household electricity; Alternation currents; RMS and Peak to Peak values; Impedance of pure resistance, inductance and capacitance.

Lab 4 


Current Electricity Phase between voltage and current; Phasors; Power dissipated in AC circuit; Charging and discharging of capacitors; Series resonance (RLC); Introduction to digital electronics.

Lab 5



Makeup for sessions due to holiday / review  

Quiz #2

Mon 28th Feb 2022


Midterm Examination




Magnetism: brief history; Comparison of magnetic force with gravitational and electric forces; Definition of the Magnetic Force; Magnetic Field; Force on wire; Gauss’s law for the magnetic field.

Lab 6


Magnetism: Biot- Savart Law; Ampere’s Law, Faraday’s Law; Mass spectrometer  

Lab 7   


Magnetism: Determination of magnetic Fields for simple structures; Solenoid; Electromagnets; Toroid; Transformer; Electric bell; Electric Motor; Loudspeaker; Maxwell's equations for free space

Lab 8


Light: Waves and rays; Reflection; refraction; Mirrors (plane, concave and convex; Thin lenses (convex and concave), Image formation; Wave effects;  

Quiz #3

Mon 4th Apr 2022



The human eye. Optical defects. Accommodation

Lab 9 & 10



Lasers. Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics.  

Physics Dairy 

Fri 22nd Apr



Makeup for sessions due to holiday / review  



Final Examination

Final Examination 

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.