"College Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy 
California State University, Northridge

Armen Kocharian 
Office SC1120C; Phone (818) 677-5203


Ticket Numbers: 113445

Meeting Time: 8:00-8:50 pm MWF

Lecture Room: SC1124

Office Hours: 9:50-11:10 pm M and by appointment




This course is a continuation of Physics 100A and has the same general aim: to gain an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental laws of electricity, magnetism and modern physics through thorough coverage of chapters 16-28 with the exclusion of some sections in the manual. At the end of the course, the successful students will be able to recognize and appreciate many of the wonders nature has in store. In addition, students will develop and improve upon their problem-solving skills and learn to apply such skills to other areas of their college education.

Main Topics

KElectric and Magnetic fields, Currents and Circuits, Electromagnetic fields, Optics, Special Relativity, Quantum Theory, Atomic Physics.


3 unit course. Physics 100A or equivalent.. 


This course is a first half of the general physics 100 series. It fulfills the requirement of General Education in natural sciences by covering mechanics, heat and sound. The final letter grade, including plus/minus sign, for this course is determined by the counting the scores from quizzes, one or two in-class tests and the final exam. There will be 6 quizzes given over the semester, which will generally be about 10-15 minutes long held at the end or beginning of the class and closed notes. The best way to prepare for a quiz is to take a practice quiz at home timing your effort. Each quiz will cover conceptual problems and the material through the previous lectures, homework assignment and the solved examples in the textbook. Only the 5 highest score will be considered. The final will not be non cumulative. There will be weekly homework assignments at the beginning of the week the material is covered. Updated assigned problems must be done by the date indicated and the students can check their solution against the posted solutions on a web. The assigned problems are by no means the only ones the students should attempt and know how to solve. Students are also encouraged to work in groups in attempting these problems. The attendance in class is strongly recommended and counted.

TEXTBOOK: Giambattista, Richardson, Richardson -- College PHYSICS, Mc Graw Hill.  

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2004, ISBN: 0-0-07-052407-6, ISBN: 0-0-07-121462-3.

(You can purchase this book from CSUN bookstore or from Amazon.com by clicking on the image).


  1. Introduction: Electrical Charge and Electrical Field.
  2. Electricity: Electric Potential. Electric Energy. Capacitance. Problem Solving.
  3. Currunt DC and AC Currunt. Power. Problem Solving.
  4. DC Circuits: Resistors in Series and in Parallel. Kirchhoff's Law. Problem Solving.
  5. Magnetism: Magnets and Magnetic Field. Ampere's Law. Lenz's Law. Problem Solving.
  6. Induction: Induced EMF. Faraday's Laws. Problem Solving.
  7. AC Circuits: Inductance. LR Circuit. RC Circuit. LRC Circuit. Resonance. Problem Solving.
  8. Light: Geometric Optics. Reflection. Refraction and Snell's Law. Problem Solving.
  9. Images: Real and Virtual Images by spherical Mirrors. Problem Solving.
  10. Lenses: The Lens Equation. Lensmaker's Equation. Problem Solving.
  11. The Wave Nature of Light: Huygen's principle. Diffraction. Young's Experiment. Diffraction Grating. Problem Solving.
  12. Interference: Interference by Thin Films. Polarization. Problem Solving.
  13. Models of Atom: Photo Effect. Bohr Model. De Broglie's Hypothesis. Problem Solving.
  14. Quantum Mechanics: Wave Function. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Hydrogen Atom. Quantum Numbers. Problem Solving.


Link to: Course outline  


Go to: Your Practice Quiz 6

Go to: Your grades for Quizzes and Homeworks

Link to: Quiz 5

Link to: Quiz 6  


Link to: Practice Test II (Chapters 19-23)


Link to: Instruction Materials and Assignments

1.  Read the assigned pages and work through the solved examples in the textbook.
2.  Solve the assigned problems by the date indicated.
3.  Check your solution against the posted solutions on a department web.


The total score is accumulated as follows:   

Homework 10%
Quizzes 10%
Midterm Exam 1 25%
Midterm Exam 2 25%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The grade distribution will be as follows: :   

A 87% and higher
B 75-86%
C 60-74%
D 45-59%
F 44% and below