Course Overview

This course is the second of a two-part physics sequence. Topics covered will include thermodynamics, sound, electricity, gas laws, electrical fields, electrical circuits, and electromagnetism. Many of the problems and examples discussed will be relevant to biomechanics of the human body and physical activities. In the required lab component students use a lab kit to conduct hands on labs.


Combined Lecture/Lab


Santhosh Mathew, PhD


4 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous


HPHYSIC-450, equivalent, or consent or course instructor


$2,160.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures / problem demos


  • Problem sets
  • Mini quizzes
Lab and Lab Reports 3-4

Other Assignments

  • Homework assignments
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries
  • Exams

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 13-18
  • Heat and First Law of Thermodynamics Force
  • Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Ideal Gases and other Fluids
  • Sound Waves
  • Standing Waves, Speech and Hearing
  • Optics
  • Electric Fields and Forces
  • Electric Potential
  • Current and Resistance
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Magnetism and Electrical Safety

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Not needed
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Required
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Not needed

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Santhosh Mathew

Lecturer, Physics 1 & 2 Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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