Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division
PHYS 2CMGENERAL PHYSICS - CALCULUS SUPPLEMENTFall 2012
1 hour lecture.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 12 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2012

1. Description -
Application of calculus to physics topics and problems in thermodynamics, waves, optics and modern physics.
Prerequisite: MATH 1B.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2C.
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Solve problems in Thermodynamics involving calculus.
  2. Interpret phenomena in Waves and Optics with a calculus treatment.
  3. Solve problems in Modern Physics involving calculus.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Solve problems in Thermodynamics involving calculus.
    1. Work in Thermodynamics
      1. Area Under the Curve
      2. Isotherms.
    2. Adiabatic Processes
      1. Definition
      2. Relationship between Temperature and Pressure
      3. Conserved Quantities and Work Done
    3. Entropy Using Integrals
      1. Definition
      2. Entropy in Temperature Change
      3. Entropy in Free Expansion of Gas
      4. Entropy of Mixing
    4. Speeds and the Maxwell-Boltzmann Velocity Distribution
  2. Interpret phenomena in Waves and Optics with a calculus treatment.
    1. The Wave Equation
      1. Definition/Solution
      2. Speed
      3. Energy Transport
    2. Snell's Law as a Minimization Problem
    3. Rainbows
      1. Refraction by Raindrops
      2. Minimization Leading to the Rainbow
  3. Solve problems in Modern Physics involving calculus.
    1. Radioactivity
      1. Differential Equation
      2. Exponential Decay and Half-lives
    2. Schrodinger's Equation - Particle in a Box
      1. The Time-Independent Equation
      2. Conditions that Define a Particle in a Box
      3. Solutions
    3. Schrodinger's Equation - Probabilities
      1. Probabalistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
      2. How to Use Coefficients to Generate Probabilities
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly assignments
  2. Midterms
  3. Final examination
7. Representative Text(s) -
Instructor-generated materials. Text at the level of Halliday and Resnick optional.

8. Disciplines -
Physics
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Demonstration
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
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 5-15 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.

Lecture: One hour per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in General Studies Science.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-24 14:13:40


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines