Spring 2022 - PHYS 141 D200

Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Class Number: 1084

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, Wed, Fri, 3:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or MATH 155.



A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


Light waves, reflection, refraction, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction. Electric force, electric field, electrostatic potential. Capacitance, dielectrics, currents, DC circuits. Magnetic field, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Law, charge motion in electric and magnetic fields, torque on a current loop, Faraday’s Law, electrical generators and motors, inductance, LCR circuits.

This class meets 3 days a week for 1 hour and 50 minutes. The lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions are combined, and none of them are optional.


  • Final Exam 35%
  • Term Examinations (2) 30%
  • Activity Guide Entries 15%
  • Homework 10%
  • Practical Lab Exam 10%


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.

Course Specific Fees: A Fee is applicable to cover materials and supplies.



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Course Specific Fees: A Lab Fee is applicable to cover lab materials and supplies.

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, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.