PHYS& 115: General Physics II W/Lab

Class Program
Weekly Contact Hours
Course ID
Meets Degree Requirements For
Natural Science with Lab

Study of the basic principles and applications of fluids, harmonic motion and waves, thermodynamics, and geometric optics. Includes laboratory.

Grading Basis

PHYS& 114 or equivalent or Instructor Permission

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Harmonic motion; elastic properties of solids; density and pressure; buoyant forces.
  2. Temperature, thermometers and scales; thermal expansion of solids and liquids, ideal gases; kinetic theory of gases.
  3. Heat as a form of energy; specific heat; conservation of energy; latent heat; heat transfer.
  4. 1st law of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, Entropy
  5. 2nd law of Thermodynamics, heat engines and heat pumps
  6. Wave velocity and motion; types of waves; frequency, amplitude, and wavelength.
  7. Reflection of waves; characteristics of sound waves; speed of sound; energy of sound waves
  8. Doppler effect; standing waves; nature of light; speed of light.
  9. Huygens’ principle; reflection and refraction; law of refraction; total internal reflection.
  10. Image formation in plane and spherical mirrors; spherical lenses; optical applications