Fundamentals of Physics II

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Physics II

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The physics of modern technology. Foundations of electromagnetism and electronic circuits, applications of geometrical and wave optics, properties of materials, and thermal physics.

    PHSI 132 Fundamentals of Physics II is the second semester of our introductory, calculus-based, first-year physics. Our goal is for you to learn to approach, solve and understand a wide variety of physics problems on both qualitative and quantitative levels and to relate "classroom physics" to the real world we live in. We emphasise conceptual understanding along with problem-solving skills.

    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this paper a student will:

    • Know the fundamental physical principles in the key topics of the paper: electromagnetism, optics, properties of matter and thermodynamics
    • Apply the principles to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
    • Use the physical principles, in conjunction with calculus, to solve quantitative problems in the topic areas
    • Present a solution to a physics problem and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable

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