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Introduction to Physics II

Official description

The second university physics course primarily for students not intending to pursue a Specialist or Major program in Physical or Mathematical Sciences.  Topics include:  electricity, magnetism, light, optics, special relativity.

MAT136H1/137Y1/157Y1 recommended, but may be required prerequisite in 2nd year Physics courses
Recommended preparation
Breadth requirement
Distribution requirement

Additional information  is a good site to get a overview of the 1st year practicals.

Please note that PHY132H1 can not be taken concurrently or before PHY131H1.

course title
year of study
1st year
time and location
36L: LEC9901: MWF11 Online Synchronous 20P: M1-3/M3-5/T10-12/T12-2/T3-5/W1-3/W3-5/W6-8/R10-12/R12-2/F9-11 Online Synchronous Term Tests will be scheduled during selected MWF lecture periods (11:10am-12pm Toronto time). The precise dates will be confirmed on the Quercus course site in early January, and students must be available during those periods. On dates without Term Tests, class material will also be made available asynchronously. Synchronous participation will be required for Practicals every week. Students cannot alternate their Practical, on the same day, with any 100‐level BIO or CHM course lab. Students may add or change a Practical (P) section via ACORN until January 16, 2022. Starting January 17, 2022, adding or changing of Practical sections must be requested online at:
practical coordinator
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Carolyn Sealfon

Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.