PHYS122 Physics II

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Physics

I. Course Number and Title
PHYS122 Physics II
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
4500 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
PHYS121 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course includes a laboratory component.
This course requires student access to a graphing scientific calculator.
Student mathematical preparation for this course must include performance level skills in arithmetic, scientific notation, algebra, plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, vector mathematics, and calculus. Student must also be able to efficiently carry out numerical calculations, graphical analysis, and numerical calculus on a graphing scientific calculator.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture and laboratory course continues a rigorous introduction to classical physics designed specifically for engineering and science majors. Topics include: electric forces and fields, potential and potential energy, capacitors, direct current and transient circuits, magnetic forces and fields, electromagnetic induction, inductors, photons, geometric and physical optics.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze calculus-based physics problems;
    2. apply fundamental principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, and laboratory measurements to solve accessible science and engineering problems;
    3. employ the skill of intelligent mathematical modeling in order to analyze and make reasoned judgments with respect to science and engineering problems;
    4. collect experimental data and evaluate the results of observations, including an assessment of experimental uncertainties;
    5. operate as part of a team; and
    6. write scientific laboratory reports.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. vector algebra and vector calculus
    2. the nature and properties of electric charge
    3. Coulomb's law
    4. the electric field
    5. Gauss's Law
    6. electric potential and potential energy
    7. capacitors and RC circuits
    8. current, resistance, and power
    9. direct current and transient circuits
    10. properties and effects of the magnetic field
    11. Ampere's law
    12. sources of the magnetic field
    13. Faraday's Law
    14. inductors and RL circuits
    15. the nature and propagation of light
    16. geometric optics of mirrors and thin lenses
    17. wave nature of light, interference, and diffraction
    18. the nature and properties of photons
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, homework, laboratory reports, and other assessment tools as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015