2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102 emphasize both quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics and tools of introductory physics developed without the use of calculus. The courses offer individualized instruction. Students learn through completing assigned readings, problems, and laboratory exercises, and through individualized tutoring. Additionally, recorded lectures, overview sessions, short videos, sample tests, and online tutorials are provided. The course format provides flexibility, but in some ways is more demanding than a course with a traditional format. Success requires discipline and well-developed study habits. Students without high school physics should allow extra time. Evaluation includes an oral lab check, a selection of graded homework problems, and a written test for each unit; these must be completed within a flexible set of deadlines. Major topics for PHYS 1102: electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric currents and circuits, electromagnetic induction, alternating current, electromagnetic waves, optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. At the level of College Physics vol. 2, 4th ed., by Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.

Students may receive credit for only one course in the following group: PHYS 1102, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2217, AEP 2170.


PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1112 or PHYS 2207 or at least a 4 on the AP Physics exam. Includes less mathematical analysis than PHYS 2208 but more than PHYS 1201 and PHYS 1204.


Summer 2020: Ithaca campus

Section ID:PHYS 1102 001-LEC
Session:Summer 8-week
Class dates:June 8-August 4, 2020
Due date:Friday July 31, 9 AM - 2 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9 AM - 2 PM / Rockefeller Hall 280
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Taylor, N. (nwt2)
Max. enroll:20
Notes:You can take PHYS 1101 or 1102 during the 8-week session. If you are taking both PHYS 1101 & 1102, you need to be done with 1101 by the end of the fourth week so you have at least 4 weeks to complete 1102. Taking both in 8 weeks is extremely challenging.
To enroll:To enroll, complete and submit a course enrollment form and your payment to the Summer Session office. For more information, see enrollment and registration. Please note that late registration fees may apply.

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