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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
PHYS121 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides a continuation of PHYS121 and utilizes calculus in the solution of physics problems. Topics include: electric forces and fields, potential, direct current and transient circuits, magnetic forces and fields, electromagnetic induction, geometric and physical optics.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The evaluative tools may include any or all of the following as specified by the individual instructor’s course format: objective examinations, research reports, collaborative laboratory activities, laboratory reports, online activities and discussion, quizzes, projects, and papers.

      In addition, a departmental final exam is given.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; Revised 5/2012