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PHYSIC-222 - Waves, Heat, & Optics - David Martinez

Course:Waves, Heat, & Optics
Professor:David Martinez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


This is Professor David Martinez and welcome to PHYSIC 222: Waves, Heat, & Optics! I want to make sure that all of you get off to a good start as you learn the material through online delivery methods. Please understand that I am always an email away to answer any questions that you may have ( At least three times a week, you should go to the Modules link in Canvas and see what is assigned and available for you to work on.

Each week, I will post a link on Canvas to a YouTube video of that week's lectures. I have taken special care that the video mirrors the topics and material covered in the regular class, but please take it upon yourself to ask me questions in class, through email or during office hours when something is not understood. The biggest drawback will be that you are unable to ask questions of me as you are absorbing the material at home, but I do hope you are proactive and seeking the answers from me of material that is hard for you to grasp. The videos are lengthy (60-90 minutes) since they mirror the classroom lecture, but please try to give yourself breaks so you don't zone out and miss important topics. There is also a fast forwarding feature in YouTube that you can also utilize if you want to. Each week there will be quizzes (usually twice a week), office hours (at least once a week), groupwork assignments (usually twice a week), and labs (usually twice a week) with 2 midterms and 1 final exam as scheduled in the syllabus.

There will be scheduled times that are going to be dedicated to conducting office hours, quizzes, and exams, with the expectation that you are regularly watching the posted videos and coming to office hours prepared with questions to ask. Lecture reviews and problem solving can also be done during office hours upon request. The structure that I am shooting for this summer is to have you reserve time  to watch the posted videos and take notes. You can then utilize my office hours to ask questions, get follow up information, and have me review anything you would like. In addition, I will schedule live recorded Zoom meetings where I will cover the highlights of the week’s lectures. All recorded sessions will be made available for students to access.  I will be checking in with you individually if I see that you are not taking time to come to office hours and are performing below average on assignments.

Course Description

Identical course to in-class lecture section with online lecture material. PHYSIC 222: Waves, Heat, & Optics. Introduces modern physics, including heat, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, wave motion and sound, geometric and physical optics.

What to Expect in this Course

Student Learning Outcomes: LECTURE: Analyze and solve problems involving heat, waves, and optics using the laws of thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and the principles of energy conservation. LAB: Formulate appropriate conclusions based on physical data obtained by conducting experiments using instruments to examine the principles of heat, light, and waves.

Types of Assessments

Timed exams and quizzes administered through Canvas during student agreed upon times. Mastering Physics homework assignments, Online and virtual lab assignments delivered through Canvas and completed asynchronously. Groupwork assignments delivered through Canvas and completed asynchronously.

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics with Mastering Physics with Knight Workbook (4th Edition). Author: Randall D. Knight. ISBN: 978-0133942651. Cost new: $254.

Mastering Physics is required for this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

Course Management System Information: COC uses an online course management system called Canvas. Lecture-based material (videos, screenshots, animations, etc.) will be uploaded to the Canvas content management system on a weekly basis. Canvas can be accessed at

Useful Links:, https://coc.instruct,

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 982