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Course Description:

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This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a three-semester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include electrostatics, magnetism, DC and AC circuits, and Maxwell’s equations.


Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze simple static charge distributions and calculate the resulting electric field and electric potential.
  2. Analyze simple current distributions and calculate the resulting magnetic field.
  3. Predict the trajectory of charged particles in uniform electric and magnetic fields.
  4. Analyze DC and AC circuits in terms of current, potential difference, and power dissipation for each element.

 Laboratory Course Objectives:  At the conclusion of the laboratory component of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Analyze real-world experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
  2. Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.

Course Content:

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  • Electrostatics
  • Fields
  • Potentials
  • Gauss’s Law
  • DC circuits
  • Capacitors
  • Resistivity
  • Magnetism
  • AC Circuits
  • Faraday’s and Lenz’s Laws
  • Ampere’s Law
  • Maxwell’s Equations
  • “Floating Topics” which may be included in this semester
    • Fluids
    • Mechanical Waves
    • Special Relativity
    • Laws of Thermodynamics
    • Heat Engines
    • Kinetic Theory
    • Entropy
    • Properties of EM Waves
    • Geometric Optics
    • Physical Optics
    • Simple Harmonic Motion


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University Physics, Volume 2 from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-21-2

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    Important Notes:

    • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
    • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
    • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

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