Course Details

PHYS-212, Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description
PHYS-212, Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers, is the second semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course. The course will enable the student to solve problems, using calculus methods when applicable, for the major concepts in physics to include: kinetic theory, heat and thermodynamics, electrostatics, electricity through the fundamentals of DC and AC circuits, magnetic and induction, and EM waves. The student will interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory, the student will develop the ability to collect, appraise, use, and interpret data in order to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Prerequisite: completion of PHYS-111 and MATH 136, both with a minimum "C" grade. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data (including the application of the theory of measurement and error), and presentation of results in oral, written or visual formats. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4; PG3, PG4)
2. Discuss the concept of temperature using kinetic theory, heat as energy transfer, and the means of heat transfer. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
3. Resolve heat-transfer problems including calorimetry problems. (GE3; PG2)
4. Explain the first law of thermodynamics and resolve heat/energy transfer problems, including heat engines and refrigerators. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
5. Explain the second law of thermodynamics and determine changes in entropy for reversible and irreversible processes. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
6. Calculate electric force, field strength, and potential energy for static and moving electric charges and map electric force fields and potential fields. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
7. Explain and analyze magnetic fields and their interactions with electric charges; explain electromotive force and the operation of motors and generators. (Ge3; PG2, PG3)
8. Define potential difference, resistance, current, capacitance, and inductance and use these to analyze fundamental AC and DC circuits. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
9. Discuss the significance of Maxwell's equations and use them to explain the properties of electromagnetic waves. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
10. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and visual). (GE1, GE4; PG1, PG3, PG4)

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