Physics II: Lecture and Lab

PHYS 1011

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Physics II, PHYS 1011, is a one-semester upper-level undergraduate online course. This online Physics II Lecture and Lab course is a four-credit-hour, algebra-based course delivered at a distance and includes a hands-on physics laboratory. It is designed for individuals who need a semester of Physics II as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions programs.

Graduate programs that may require PHYS 1011: Physics II may include but are not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant

A balanced approach

Physics II emphasizes a balanced approach to learning and demonstrating the principles of physics. Students will practice their understanding of the course material through hands-on laboratories, written and online homework problems, and integrative projects, supported by video lectures and extensive readings. The accompanying text provides applications of topics to a variety of biomedically-rich examples reinforced by online homework activities.

PHYS 1011 course outline

The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student, interested in the health professions, with an introduction to physics that emphasizes the concepts that are the foundation of sciences, which the students may encounter in their professional studies. These topics include thermodynamics, waves and sound, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, light and optics, and atomic and nuclear phenomena.


The laboratories that accompany Online Physics II for the Health Professions contain learning objectives similar to any other Physics II lab, accomplished on any college campus, except that students work at home.

An emphasis is placed on understanding the concept behind each Online Physics II Lab and use of the scientific method required by today’s healthcare professionals who are expected to have a general understanding of how science and the scientific method contribute to their profession.

Homework exercises are designed to provide students with practice to solve physics problems. Online exercises are designed to integrate physics concepts with common health science applications. Like the online quizzes, the problems provide quick formative assessment of student understanding.

Developed for your success

The labs have been developed specifically to meet the requirements for successful entry into the health profession, in particular to pass the physical science portion of entry exams such as the MCAT.

How does the laboratory work?

Students purchase a state-of-the-art handheld device that contains a variety of instruments to perform experiments and collect data. Following the course instructor’s introduction for the laboratory, the student sets up the appropriate lab experiment and undertakes the experiment. The student will develop mental models from the hands-on activities.

The student starts by making a prediction and obtains experimental data relevant to that prediction by making measurements in real time. The student analyzes the data obtained, draws conclusions and makes applications. A quiz concludes each unit.

How are laboratories graded?

Each experiment includes a lab report sheet that will be turned in for a grade.

What happens if a student has a problem with an experiment?

Discussion boards can be used for communicating and troubleshooting with classmates and online videos are also available for reference. Additionally, students can contact their instructor for assistance.

A list of laboratory experiments

  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Waves and Sound
  • Acoustic Measurements and Mapping
  • Electrostatics
  • Voltage and Capacitance
  • Current and Resistance
  • DC Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Waves and Light
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Atomic Physics Simulations
  • Nuclear Physics Simulations

Complete at your own pace

Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in fewer than 16 weeks. However, working at the pace typical for a four semester-hour course, most students will take the allotted 16 weeks to complete this online Physics II course.

Prerequisites for the online Physics II Lecture and Lab course

Students will need a minimum of one semester of college-level algebra and background knowledge in trigonometry. One semester of physics (PHYS-1010 or equivalent) is highly recommended.

Technical Requirements

All of the science prerequisites offered at UNE are based online. In order for you as a student to have the best experience possible, UNE has established some technical specifications for you. Click here for technical requirements.

Required course materials


College Physics
OpenStax College
Rice University
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-01-2

Available free online:

Optional text:
Student Solution Manual – OpenStax Physics Students Solution Manual

Lab Materials

IOLab: The Pocket Physics Lab
Available through our bookstore at
Available for rent at; ISBN: 9781319321185

Hands-On Lab Kit
To order, go to:
Then click on the green “YES”
Login: C000384
Password: labpaq (all small case)

Ordering your UNE-authorized whiteboard (optional) – Can be used during your proctored exams!

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams)

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the seller below.

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

Mandatory External Webcam for Proctored Exams

This webcam is required for proctored exams for any courses starting on or after September 4, 2019.

Webcam & Whiteboard Ordering Information

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1440
Registration: $30
Total: $1470

The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning’s ProctorU site. Courses starting on or after September 4, 2019 must be proctored via the UNE-approved external webcam.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. To register, you will need to enable Flash in your browser first (here are step-by-step instructions). Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. Online registration will remain open during holidays when the university is closed. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details.

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call a student service advisor at:

(855) 325-0894

or view the online FlexReg course registration tutorial.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call (855) 325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.



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