Course Abstract Details

PHYS-213, Physics 3 for Scientists and Engineers

Credits: 4

Course Description
PHYS-213, Physics 3 for Scientists and Engineers, is the third 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: waves and wave mechanics, electromagnetic waves, physical and geometric optics, relativity, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear physics and radioactivity, and introduction to quantum mechanics. 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-212 and MATH-136, both with a minimum "C" grade. Also, concurrent enrollment in MATH-205. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours.

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 analysis/interpretation of data, and presentation of results in oral written or visual formats. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4; PG3, PG4)
2. Utilize Maxwell's equations to explain the properties of electromagnetic waves and to solve problems associated with electromagnetic waves. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
3. Define types of waves, the manner in which they are propagated and wave superposition; be able to explain standing wave phenomena. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
4. Use the properties of waves to explain and to analyze the reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
5. Locate and describe images formed by mirrors & thin lenses and be able to explain & analyze the operation of optical instruments such as eyes, telescopes, and microscopes. (GE3; PG2, PG3, PG4)
6. Explain the Special Theory of Relativity, and solve problems involving time dilation, length contraction and relativistic momentum and energy. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
7. Discuss the General Theory of Relativity and space-time curvature. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
8. Describe historical and current models of the atom, analyze atomic spectra, and compute energy states of an atom. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
9. Describe the concept of quanta and be able to explain the implications of quantum mechanics, including the photoelectric effect and blackbody radiation. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
10. Describe and apply DeBroglie's matter waves and the Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
11. Identify components of atomic nuclei and explain its structure; explain radioactivity, radioactive decay, and a, B, and y radiation. (GE3; PG2, PG3)
12. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and visual). (GE1, GE4; PG1, PG2, PG3, 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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