Course Abstract Details

PHYS-102, Fundamentals of Physics 2

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

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-A-F and PHYS-101. Students will not receive credit for both PHYS-102 and PHYS-212. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information
As of Academic Council on Friday, 5/14/10, this course has been designated a General Education Science Course. As of 2011/SP, course sections are marked as GE. Previous students will be retroactively included in this adjustment.
Course Objectives:
1. Explain the scientific method and demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data and presentation of results in oral written or visual formats. (GE2, GE3; PG3, PG4)
2. Calculate electric force, field strength, and potential energy for static and moving electric charges and map simple force fields (GE3; PG2)
3. Define potential difference, resistance, current, capacitance, and inductance and use these to analyze simple AC and DC circuits (GE3; PG2)
4. Explain and analyze magnetic fields and their interactions with electric charges; explain electromotive force and the operation of motors and generators (GE3; PG2, PG3)
5. Understand the properties of electromagnetic waves and how they pertain to light and be able to use these principles to explain and be able to analyze the reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light (GE3; PG2, PG3)
6. Locate and describe images formed by mirrors and thin lenses and be able to explain and analyze the operation of optical instruments such as eyes, telescopes, and microscopes (GE3; PG2, PG3)
7. Describe models of the atom, including the Bohr Theory of the atomic structure of hydrogen (GE3; PG2, PG3)
8. Describe the concept of quanta and be able to explain the implications of quantum mechanics, including Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (GE3; PG2, PG3)
9. Identify components of atomic nuclei and explain its structure (GE3; PG2, PG3)
10. Explain radioactivity and a, B, and y radiation (GE3; PG2, PG3)
11. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and/or visual) (GE1, GE4; PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

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

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