Course Abstract Details

PHYS-102, Fundamentals of Physics 2

Credits: 4

Course Description

PHYS-102, Fundamentals of Physics 2, is a second-semester course in the basic principles of physics for students who do not intend to major in either engineering or the physical sciences. It is an introduction to the phenomena, concepts, and theories of classical and modern physics, including the following topics: electricity, magnetism, E-M waves, geometric and wave optics, relativity, and selected topics from atomic physics. The course demands a mathematical knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 plus PHYS-101 with "C" grades or better. The course demands a mathematical knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. Offered Spring Term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data and presentation of results. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3) 

2. Calculate electric force, field strength, and potential energy for static and moving electric charges and map simple force fields. (GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

3. Define potential difference, resistance, current, capacitance, and inductance and use these to analyze simple circuits. (GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

4. Describe, analyze, and map magnetic fields and their interactions with electric charges. (GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

5. Explain electromotive force and the operation of motors and generators. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

6. Explain the properties of electromagnetic waves and be able to use these principles to explain and to analyze the reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

7. Locate and describe images formed by mirrors and thin lenses and explain and analyze the operation of selected optical instruments such as eyes, telescopes, and microscopes. (GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

8. Explain the postulates of relativity, including implications for, time dilation, length contraction, relativistic mass, and simultaneity and be able to apply them to solve related problems. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

9. Describe and compare models of the atom from plum pudding model through modern models. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

10. Describe the concept of quanta and be able to explain implications of quantum mechanics, including the Black Body problem, atomic spectra, the double-slit experiment, the photo electric effect, the wave nature of matter and Heisenberg?s uncertainty principle. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

11. Identify components of atomic nuclei and explain radioactivity, including a, ß, and ? radiation. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG4)    

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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