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

PHYS 2C | GENERAL PHYSICS | Summer 2015 | |||

4 hours lecture, 3 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: 3 | Lecture/Lab: | |||

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: 10/22/13; 11/12/13 | ||||

1. Description - | ||

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in waves; optics; introductory quantum mechanics; atomic physics; and nuclear physics. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 2B. | ||

Co-requisite: None | ||

Advisory: None | ||

2. Course Objectives - | ||

The student will be able to: - Analyze the properties of waves and apply mathematical formulas to physical problems.
- Analyze and solve problems in optics.
- Compute special relativity problems and interpret related paradoxes and special cases.
- Explain wave-particle duality and its implications through both historical and thought experiments.
- Discuss the concepts of quantum mechanics and solve simple problems.
- Explain models of nuclear physics, how they relate to observed results, and solve problems concerning radioactive decay.
- Explain current theories in particle physics.
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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) - | ||

- Analyze the properties of waves and apply mathematical formulas to physical problems.
- The wave function and the propagation speed of a wave
- Traveling waves
- Speed of a wave on a string
- Transverse vs. longitudinal waves
- Energy transfer
- Reflection, transmission, and superposition of waves
- Sound waves, intensity, and the Doppler effect
- Sounds as a pressure wave
- Speed of sound
- Periodic sound waves
- Definition
- Intensity
- Decibels
- Loudness and frequency
- Doppler effect
- Source moving
- Detector moving
- Both moving
- Sonic booms
- Standing waves, interference, and resonance
- Superposition and interference
- Destructive interference
- Constructive interference
- Superposition of sinusoidal waves
- Standing waves
- Nodes and antinodes
- Standing waves as a function of time
- Standing waves on a string
- Standing waves in air columns
- Open both ends
- Closed one end
- Standing waves on a membrane
- Resonance
- Beats
- Electromagnetic waves and their propagation speed
- Analyze and solve problems in optics.
- Reflection and refraction of light
- Ray approximation
- Reflection
- Refraction
- Index of refraction
- Snell's Law
- Huygen's Principle
- Total Internal Reflection
- Geometrical optics, mirrors, lenses, and optical instruments
- Images formed by mirrors
- Image distance
- Object distance
- Magnification
- Real vs. virtual
- Upright vs. inverted
- Concave vs. convex
- Ray diagrams for mirrors
- Images formed by lenses
- Image distance
- Object distance
- Magnification
- Real vs. virtual
- Upright vs. inverted
- Concave vs. convex
- Ray diagrams for lenses
- Optical instruments
- The eye
- Microscopes
- Telescopes
- Optical interference, diffraction, and polarization
- Young's Double Slit
- Constructive and destructive interference
- Intensity distribution
- Thin film interference
- Change of phase on reflection
- Coatings
- Newton's rings
- Michelson Interferometer
- Compute special relativity problems and interpret related paradoxes and special cases.
- Frames of reference
- Inertial vs. noninertial frames
- Galiean tranforms
- Einstein's postulates
- Laws of physics same in inertial frames
- Speed of light constant in inertial frames
- Loertz Transformations
- Length Contraction
- Time dilation
- Simultaneity
- Experimental evidence
- Muon decay
- Airborne atomic clocks
- Paradoxes
- Addition of velocities
- Momentum
- Energy
- Explain wave-particle duality and its implications through both historical and thought experiments.
- Light acting like a particle
- Blackbody radiation
- Defintion of a black body
- Classical attempts at solution
- Planck's solution
- The photoelectric effect
- Experimental evidence
- Einstein's solution
- The Compton effect
- Wave properties of particles
- The deBroglie hypothesis
- Electron diffraction
- Wave-Particle Duality
- Two slit experiments
- Predictions for waves
- Predictions for particles
- Experimental results
- The concept of probabalistic results.
- Discuss the concepts of quantum mechanics and solve simple problems.
- Probablistic nature of quantum mechanics
- Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- Correspondence Principle
- Discuss models and solve problems pertaining to the Hydrogen atom, the Periodic Table and condensed matter physics.
- Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom and the hydrogen spectrum
- Restriction of angular momentum to integer multiples of Planck's Constant
- Bohr radius
- Energy levels and the hydrogen spectrum
- Shortcomings of the Bohr model
- Quantum mechanical approach
- Schrodinger's equation
- The need for four quantum numbers
- Wave functions for the hydrogen atom
- Shapes
- Probabilities
- Pauli exclusion principle
- The Periodic Table
- Explain models of nuclear physics, how they relate to observed results, and solve problems concerning radioactive decay.
- Models of the nucleus
- Stability
- Ratio of protons to neutrons
- Radioactivity
- Decay and half-lives
- Biological effects of radiation
- Fission
- Fusion
- Explain current theories in particle physics.
- Inventory of particles
- Leptons
- Hadrons
- Baryons
- Mesons
- Conservation Laws
- Quarks
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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 Laboratory Experiments - Speed of sound in air
- Standing waves (in a string or air column)
- Index of refraction
- Focal length
- Lenses
- Interference and diffraction
- Photoelectric effect
- The hydrogen spectra
- Radioactive decay relativity (Film)
- Rutherford scattering (Film)
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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: | 2015-03-03 11:10:17 |

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