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Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division | |||||

PHYS 2B | GENERAL PHYSICS | Winter 2014 | |||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. | 5 Units | ||||

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 84
(Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12) | |||||

Lecture Hours: 4 |
Lab Hours: 2 | Lecture/Lab: 1 | |||

Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below. | |||||

Repeatability - | |||||

Statement: | Not Repeatable. | ||||

Status - | |||||

Course Status: Active | Grading: Letter Grade with P/NP option | ||||

Degree Status: Applicable | Credit Status: Credit | ||||

Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree | |||||

GE Status: Non-GE | |||||

Articulation Office Information - | |||||

Transferability: Both | Validation: 07/01/2011; 11/12/13 | ||||

1. Description - | ||

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in thermal physics; electricity and magnetism and fluids. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 2A. | ||

Co-requisite: None | ||

Advisory: None | ||

2. Course Objectives - | ||

The student will be able to: - Explain the Zeroth, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and solve related problems and calculate results from statistical mechanics, such as the kinetic theory of gases.
- Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
- Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
- Discuss magnetic fields and forces, and solve related problems.
- Extrapolate their understanding of DC circuits and circuit elements to AC circuits.
- Explain electromagnetic waves.
- Analyze and solve problems in fluids.
- Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
- Understand how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support
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3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - | ||

Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory thermal physics, electricity and magnetism. | ||

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - | ||

- Explain the Zeroth, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and solve related problems and calculate results from statistical mechanics, such as the kinetic theory of gases.
- Temperature
- Thermometers
- Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
- Thermal expansion
- Heat
- Definition of heat
- Calorimetry and phase changes
- Specific heat
- Heat of vaporization
- Heat of fusion
- The First Law of Thermodynamics
- Definition of work
- Relationship between work and heat
- Definition of internal energy
- Adiabats
- Isotherms
- Heat transfer processes
- Conduction
- Convection
- Radiation
- The kinetic theory of gases and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution functions
- Molecular model of a gas
- Temperature
- Molar specific heat of an ideal gas
- Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
- Entropy, heat engines, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
- Definition of a heat engine
- Work done
- Efficiency
- Kelvin-Planck formulation of the Second Law
- Definition of a refrigerator
- Coefficient of Performance
- Clausius formulation of the Second Law
- Reversible and Irreversible Processes
- The Carnot Cycle
- Efficiency
- Applications to the Second Law
- Entropy
- Macroscopic definition
- Entropy and irreversibility
- Microscopic/probabilistic definition
- Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
- Concept of charge
- Conductors and insulators
- Concept of electric force
- Coulomb's Law
- Concept of electric field
- Electric field lines
- Electric field from a point charge and superposition principle
- Concept of electric potential
- Equipotential surfaces
- Electric potential from a point charge and superposition principle
- Calculating the electric potential from charge distributions
- Electric potential energy
- Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
- Concept of resistance
- Current
- Resistivity
- Resistance
- Series and parallel configurations
- EMF
- Concept of capacitance
- Capacitors
- Capacitance
- Dielectrics
- Series and parallel configurations
- Energy stored
- Concepts involving DC circuits
- Kirchhoff's Rules
- Ammeters and voltmeters
- RC circuits
- Discuss magnetic fields and forces, and solve related problems.
- Concept of magnetism
- Permanent magnets
- Concept of magnetic fields
- Magnetic field lines
- Magnetic field of moving charges and currents
- Concept of magnetic force
- Motion of charged particles in magnetic fields
- Force between current carrying wires
- Applications of charged particle motion in magnetic fields
- Concept of torque on a current loop
- DC motor
- Explain electromagnetic induction and inductance, and solve related problems.
- Concept of induction
- Faraday's Law
- Lenz's Law
- Concept of motional EMF
- Extrapolate their understanding of DC circuits and circuit elements to AC circuits.
- Concept of phasors
- Concept of reactance
- Concept of resonance
- Transformers
- Explain electromagnetic waves.
- Maxwell's equations
- Electromagnetic spectrum
- Analyze and solve problems in fluids
- Pressure
- Bouyancy
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5. Repeatability - Moved to header area. | ||

6. Methods of Evaluation - | ||

- Weekly assignments
- Mid-term test
- Laboratory
- Final examination
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7. Representative Text(s) - | ||

Walker, James S. Physics. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2009. | ||

8. Disciplines - | ||

Physics | ||

9. Method of Instruction - | ||

Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration. | ||

10. Lab Content - | ||

Suggested labs: - Absolute zero
- Specific Heat
- Ideal gas law/Boyle's Law
- Use of Electronic Equipment
- Mapping Electric Potential
- Ohm's Law
- Time constant in RC circuit
- Magnetic field of a Solenoid
- AC circuit
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11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section. | ||

12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - | ||

- Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material ranging from 10 - 40 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
- Lecture: Four hours per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
- Labs: Students will perform experiments and discuss their results in either the form of a written lab report or via oral examination. Reading and understanding the lab manual prior to class is essential to success.
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13. Need/Justification - | ||

This course is a required core course for the AS degree in General Studies Science. |

Course status: | Active | |

Last updated: | 2013-12-05 14:43:20 |

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