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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHYS 112L
Course Title: Physics II Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement PHYS 112. $40 lab fee. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: PHYS 111.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PHYS 111.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Physics Laboratory Experiments
By Wilson, J. and Hernandez-Hall (Cengage)
Physics Lab Manual
By Loyd, D. (Cengage)
Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of measurement and experimentation.
  • To illustrate and verify the principles learned in PHYS 112.

    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Utilize all skills from PHYS 111L.
  • Measure temperature and heat.
  • Determine density and buoyant force in fluids.
  • Construct and analyze electrical circuits.
  • Measure magnetic fields.
  • Measure properties of light.
    Topical Outline: Experiments may include (but are not limited to):
  • Speed of sound in air
  • Archimedes’ Principle
  • Specific heats of metals
  • Ohm’s Law
  • DC circuits
  • Joule heat
  • The RC time constant
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • AC circuits
  • Earth’s magnetic field
  • Spherical mirrors and lenses
  • Wavelength of light


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: August 27, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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