Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division
PHYS 5BGENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) EXTENDEDSummer 2013
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: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 11/14/12

1. Description -
Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics and Electricity. PHYS 5A+5B+5C is designed to provide the same content as PHYS 4A+4B at a slower pace.
Prerequisite: PHYS 5A.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1C.
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
  2. Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
  3. Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
  4. Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
  5. Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
  6. Understand how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory mechanics and E&M.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
    1. Defintions of angular position, velocity and acceleration
      1. Cases with constant angular acceleration
      2. Relationship between linear and angular motion
    2. Energy considerations in rotational motion
    3. The moment of inertia
      1. Moment of interia for collections of point particles
      2. Calculation of moment of inertia for extended bodies
      3. The parrallel axis theorem
    4. Torque
    5. Angular momentum
    6. Gyroscopes
  2. Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
    1. Statics
      1. Equilibrium
      2. Center of gravity
      3. Stress, strain and elastic moduli
    2. Oscillators
      1. Simple harmonic motion
        1. Spring and a mass
        2. Second order differential equations
        3. Pendula
      2. Advanced cases
        1. Damped oscillators
        2. Forced oscillators
        3. Resonance
    3. Universal Gravitation
      1. Newton's Law of Gravitation
      2. Gravitational potential energy
      3. Kepler's Laws
        1. Historical development
        2. Motion of satellites
  3. Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
    1. Concept of charge
    2. Conductors and insulators
    3. Concept of electric force
      1. Coulomb's Law
    4. Concept of electric field
      1. Electric field lines
      2. Electric field from a point charge and superposition principle
      3. Calculating the electric field from charge distributions
    5. Gauss's Law
      1. Electric flux
      2. Applications of Gauss's Law
    6. Concept of electric potential
      1. Equipotential surfaces
      2. Electric potential from a point charge and superposition principle
      3. Calculating the electric potential from charge distributions
      4. Electric potential energy
  4. Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
    1. Concept of resistance
      1. Current
      2. Resistivity
      3. Resistance
      4. Series and parallel configurations
      5. EMF
    2. Concept of capacitance
      1. Capacitors
      2. Capacitance
      3. Dielectrics
      4. Series and parallel configurations
      5. Energy stored
    3. Concepts involving DC circuits
      1. Kirchhoff's Rules
      2. Ammeters and voltmeters
      3. RC circuits
  5. Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
    1. Physical laws as ideal models
    2. Methods of approximation
  6. Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
    1. Historical development of a sampling of physical laws
    2. Use of student-collected data in labs to confirm physical laws
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly problem sets
  2. Periodic midterm tests
  3. Laboratory performance
  4. Final examination
7. Representative Text(s) -
Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008.

8. Disciplines -
Physics
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Lab Student Learning Outcomes
    1. compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in measured data.
    2. compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in the results of experiments based upon the errors in the measured data.
    3. identify the sources of error and their effect upon the results of laboratory experiments.
    4. use the available computer facilities to process laboratory data.
    5. perform experiments in small groups rather than as individuals.
    6. accept or reject a hypothesis based upon evaluation of data.
    7. prepare concise and cogent reports of laboratory experiments.
  2. Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Most experiments should rely upon data generated by student's measurements of physical phenomena.)
    1. The Moment of Inertia of a Solid Disk, Ring and/or Gyroscope
    2. Equilibrium of Coplanar, Non-Concurrent Forces
    3. The Torsion Pendulum
    4. Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion
    5. The Gravitation Constant and the Mass of the Sun
    6. Torque and Center of Mass
    7. Air Drag
    8. Introduction to the Oscilloscope and Other Lab Equipment
    9. Mapping Electric Fields
    10. Determination of the Electric Field of a Dipole via Voltage Measurements
    11. Experimental Design
 
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 -
  1. 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.
  2. Lecture: Five hours per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
  3. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree in Physics.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-21 08:36:37


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