  
Student Learning Outcomes 
 Students should be able to solve problems involving the relationships between charges, forces and fields for both electricity and magnetism, the concept of voltage, and simple circuits.
 Lab experiments should teach students the background science, error analysis, and how to perform experiments.
 Students should understand the following concepts from Thermodynamics: 1. Distinctions between temperature, heat and energy. 2. PV diagrams 3. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

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


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

Special Facilities and/or Equipment  
 Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory thermal physics, electricity and magnetism.

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 MaxwellBoltzmann distribution functions
 Molecular model of a gas
 Temperature
 Molar specific heat of an ideal gas
 MaxwellBoltzmann distribution
 Entropy, heat engines, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
 Definition of a heat engine
 Work done
 Efficiency
 KelvinPlanck 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

Methods of Evaluation  
  Weekly assignments
 Midterm test
 Laboratory
 Final examination

Representative Text(s)  
 Walker, James S. Physics. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2009.

Disciplines  
 Physics


Method of Instruction  
 Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.


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


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.
