Fall 2019 - PHYS 102 D200

Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Class Number: 1251

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140 and MATH 154 or 150 or 151 or 157, all with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158, and PHYS 133.



Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


Attendance at the tutorial is required for this course.  Tutorials take place on Thursday afternoons right after class, from 3:30pm to 4:20pm.

This is a Studio Physics course.  

1. Electrostatics: Forces and Fields
2. Electrostatics: Potentials
3. Direct Current Electricity
4. Circuits
5. Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
6. Electromagnetic radiation
7. The Propagation of Light
8. Geometrical Optics
9. Physical Optics
10. Quantum Theory and the Atom.
11. Nuclear physics
12. Radioactivity


  • Midterm 1 15%
  • Midterm 2 15%
  • Homework 15%
  • Activity guide entries 15%
  • Final exam 40%



- Physics - Principles with Applications, Vol 2 (7th edition), by D. C. Giancoli
- Mastering Physics access code (please purchase this from the bookstore)

No iClicker is needed for this class.

Course specific fees: A Lab Fee of $31.21 is applicable

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html