  
Description  
 Mathematicsphysics 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.


Course Objectives  
 The student will be able to:
 Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
 Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
 Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
 Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
 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 mechanics and E&M.

Course Content (Body of knowledge)  
  Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
 Defintions of angular position, velocity and acceleration
 Cases with constant angular acceleration
 Relationship between linear and angular motion
 Energy considerations in rotational motion
 The moment of inertia
 Moment of interia for collections of point particles
 Calculation of moment of inertia for extended bodies
 The parrallel axis theorem
 Torque
 Angular momentum
 Gyroscopes
 Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
 Statics
 Equilibrium
 Center of gravity
 Stress, strain and elastic moduli
 Oscillators
 Simple harmonic motion
 Spring and a mass
 Second order differential equations
 Pendula
 Advanced cases
 Damped oscillators
 Forced oscillators
 Resonance
 Universal Gravitation
 Newton's Law of Gravitation
 Gravitational potential energy
 Kepler's Laws
 Historical development
 Motion of satellites
 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
 Calculating the electric field from charge distributions
 Gauss's Law
 Electric flux
 Applications of Gauss's Law
 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
 Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
 Physical laws as ideal models
 Methods of approximation
 Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
 Historical development of a sampling of physical laws
 Use of studentcollected data in labs to confirm physical laws

Methods of Evaluation  
  Weekly problem sets
 Periodic midterm tests
 Laboratory performance
 Final examination

Representative Text(s)  
 Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008.

Disciplines  
 Physics


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


Lab Content  
  Lab Student Learning Outcomes
 compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in measured data.
 compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in the results of experiments based upon the errors in the measured data.
 identify the sources of error and their effect upon the results of laboratory experiments.
 use the available computer facilities to process laboratory data.
 perform experiments in small groups rather than as individuals.
 accept or reject a hypothesis based upon evaluation of data.
 prepare concise and cogent reports of laboratory experiments.
 Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Most experiments should rely upon data generated by student's measurements of physical phenomena.)
 The Moment of Inertia of a Solid Disk, Ring and/or Gyroscope
 Equilibrium of Coplanar, NonConcurrent Forces
 The Torsion Pendulum
 Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion
 The Gravitation Constant and the Mass of the Sun
 Torque and Center of Mass
 Air Drag
 Introduction to the Oscilloscope and Other Lab Equipment
 Mapping Electric Fields
 Determination of the Electric Field of a Dipole via Voltage Measurements
 Experimental Design


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: Five 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.
