Course Outline for Physics 2B
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II
Replaced Fall 2010
2B - Introduction to Physics II 4 units
Electro-circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics and modern physics. Prerequisite: Physics 2A (completed with a grade of C or higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
[Typical contact hours: lecture 52.5, laboratory 52.5]
Before entering the course the student should be able to:
1. analyze and solve a variety of problems in topics such as: a. linear and rotational kinematics;
3. b. c. e. f. g. linear and rotational dynamics; gravity; energy; fluids; thermodynamics; h. i. j. simple harmonic motion; longitudinal and transverse waves; electrostatics; operate standard laboratory equipment; analyze laboratory data;
4. write comprehensive laboratory reports.
Expected Outcomes for Students:
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. analyze and solve a variety of problems in topics such as: a. b. c. electromagnetism; circuits (dc);
4. d. e. optics; modern physics; operate standard laboratory equipment; analyze laboratory data; write comprehensive laboratory reports.
1. Current and resistance a. b. c.
Resistors in series and parallel d. RC circuits
Electromagnetism a. b. c.
Force in a magnetic field, force on a current segment
Current loops d. e. f. g.
Sources of magnetic fields
Magnets and poles, earth's magnetism
Induced electromotive force
Applied electricity a. Meters, motors and generators
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8. b. c. d. e.
Back emf, eddy currents
Transformers, impedance in coil and capacitor
Geometrical optics a. b.
Huygens' principle, refraction and reflection
Total reflection c. Ray tracing, thin lenses and mirrors
Wave optics a. b. c. d.
Corpuscular theory of light
Interference, the grating
Diffraction by a single slit
Applications of interference, Michelson's interferometer e. f.
Double refraction and optical activity
Applied optics a. Camera b. c.
Human eye, physiology
Magnifier, microscope, telescope d. e.
Description of laser and its applications
Modern Physics a. b.
Viewpoint of the classical physicist
Michelson-Morley experiment c. d.
Discoveries at the close of the nineteenth century
Einstein and special relativity
The outer atom a. Charge of the electron, electron mass b. c.
The photoelectric effect
Emission and absorption spectra
9. d. e.
X-rays, the Compton effect
Duality of light and matter f. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
Atomic physics a. Bohr theory
10. b. c.
The nucleus a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d.
Nature of radioactivity, discoveries
Nuclides, stable and unstable, natural and artificial
Experimental techniques, transmutations
Applied nuclear physics
Uses of radioactivity
Fission and fusion
High-energy physics, cosmic rays
Methods of Presentation:
Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:
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1. Typical Assignments a. Weekly homework/question sets b. Laboratory reports (individual and group), including computer-based data acquisition and analysis c. d.
Special exercise worksheets, problem review, and computer simulations and tutorials; both individual and group activities and research papers
Participation in email and web-based instruction, discussion and tutorials. Internet research on topics dealing with physics and its applications to technology
2. Evaluating Student Progress a. b. c.
Laboratory experiment reports
College Physics (Technology Version), Serway & Faughn, Saunders Publishers,2000
Special Student Materials: