Fall 2023 - PHYS 102 D200

Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Class Number: 1489

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-10-06
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM  2023-10-11  2023-12-05
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-12-05
    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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.