Jun 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 212 - Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers

Number of Credits: 4
Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers is the second semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course. The course will enable the student to solve problems, using calculus methods when applicable, for the major concepts in physics to include: kinetic theory, heat and thermodynamics, electrostatics, electricity through the fundamentals of DC and AC circuits, magnetic and induction, and EM waves. The student will interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory, the student will develop the ability to collect, appraise, use, and interpret data in order to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Advanced Placement Exam (Physics: Electricity and Magnetism) accepted. (offered Spring and Fall terms) Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Four Credits. Four billable hours.

GENERAL EDUCATION Category: Biological and Physical Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 111  and MATH 136 , with minimum grades of C or higher.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. 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, GE3)
  2. Discuss the concept of temperature using kinetic theory of gases. (PG2, GE3)
  3. Solve heat-transfer problems using calorimetry. (PG2, GE2)
  4. Explain the first law of thermodynamics and solve heat and energy transfer problems. (PG2, GE2)
  5. Explain the second law of thermodynamics and determine changes in entropy for reversible and irreversible processes. (PG2, GE2)
  6. Calculate electric force, field strength, and potential energy for static and moving electric charges and map electric force fields and potential fields. (PG2, GE2)
  7. Explain and analyze magnetic fields and their interactions with electric charges; explain electromotive force and the operation of motors and generators. (PG2, GE2)
  8. Define potential difference, resistance, current, capacitance, and inductance and use these to analyze fundamental AC and DC circuits. (PG2, GE2)
  9. Discuss the significance of Maxwell’s equations and use them to explain the properties of electromagnetic waves. (PG2, GE2)
  10. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and visual). (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, GE4, GE6)

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