Jun 03, 2023
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# PHYS 102 - Fundamentals of Physics 2

Number of Credits: 4
Fundamentals of Physics 2 is a second-semester course in the basic principles of physics for students who do not intend to major in either engineering or the physical sciences. It is an introduction to the phenomena, concepts, and theories of classical and modern physics, including the following topics: electricity, magnetism, E-M waves, geometric and wave optics, relativity, and selected topics from atomic physics. The course demands a mathematical knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Students will not receive credit for both PHYS-102 and PHYS 212 . (offered Spring term only) Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Four Credits. Four billable hours.

Pre-requisite(s): eligibility for ENGL 101 , plus PHYS 101  with a minimum grade of C or better. Students will not receive credit for both PHYS-102 and PHYS 212 .
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the scientific method and demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data and presentation of results in oral written or visual formats. (PG1, PG2)
2. Calculate electric force, field strength, and potential energy for static and moving electric charges and map simple force fields (PG2)
3. Define potential difference, resistance, current, capacitance, and inductance and use these to analyze simple AC and DC circuits (PG2)
4. Explain and analyze magnetic fields and their interactions with electric charges; explain electromotive force and the operation of motors and generators (PG2)
5. Understand the properties of electromagnetic waves and how they pertain to light and be able to use these principles to explain and be able to analyze the reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light (PG2)
6. Locate and describe images formed by mirrors and thin lenses and be able to explain and analyze the operation of optical instruments such as eyes, telescopes, and microscopes (PG2)
7. Describe models of the atom, including the Bohr Theory of the atomic structure of hydrogen (PG2)
8. Describe the concept of quanta and be able to explain the implications of quantum mechanics, including Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (PG2)
9. Identify components of atomic nuclei and explain its structure (PG2)