Fall 2021 - PHYS 102 D300

Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Class Number: 7964

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140; MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158; 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 from 3:30pm to 4:20pm.  This time is included in the course times listed at the top of this outline.

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

Course delivery:
All classes and exams are in-person.


  • Online Assignments 10%
  • Written Homework 10%
  • Activity Guides 15%
  • Midterm Exams 40%
  • Final Exam 25%



Required material:
Achieve for College Physics (1-Term Online)
*Link to purchase ebook: www.sfu.ca/bookstore/ebooks

Course specific fees: A Lab Fee 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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.