Physics | General Physics 2
P202 | 3342-3343 | Brabson-Heinz


With an understanding of the powerful and broad based laws of physics from
Physics P201, you are now in a position to apply these laws to phenomena
such as electricity and magnetism and to come to grips with parts of modern
physics including aspects of quantum mechanics. These physics ideas can be
applied directly to the analysis of important scientific problems in
disciplines extending from the physical sciences such as geology and
chemistry to the life sciences of biology, biochemistry, physical therapy,
optometry, and radiology. For instance, an understanding of voltage and
current is at the root of an analysis of the human nervous system. Also,
electricity and magnetism lie at the heart of scientific instrumentation
such as cathode ray oscilloscopes. Your knowledge of waves from the first
semester can now be applied to a study of electromagnetic radiation
including X-rays and visible light, and the accompanying instrumentation
such as lasers. Such instruments as the electron microscope are understood
through the underlying wave mechanics introduced in this course. An
important goal of this course is to give you both a quantitative and an
intuitive feeling for physics so that you can deal effectively with new
situations as they arise. The laboratories during the second semester will
also work toward an understanding of a variety of measurement strategies of
value in the physical and biological sciences.