Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus
Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 2110
Class Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3
Credit Hours:
Date Revised: Fall 2012
Catalog Course Description:
This is a calculus-based course for students majoring in engineering, mathematics, and physics. It covers
topics in electricity and magnetism. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory
applications. Fall
Entry Level Standards:
Prerequisite: MATH 1920
Corequisite: ENS 1510 (It is preferred to take ENS 1510 before registering for this course).
Texts: University Physics, Revised Edition, by Harris Benson, Wiley
Lab Manual: Physics 2110 Lab Manual
I. Week/Unit/Topic Basis:
Topics Covered in Group Activity
Chapter 22, Electrostatics (22.1 - 22.5)
Chapter 23, The Electric Field (23.1 - 23.4)
Chapter 25, Electric Potential (25.1 - 25.3)
Chapter 26, Capacitors & Dielectrics (26.1 - 26.4)
Chapter 27, Current and Resistance (27.1 - 27.5)
Practice on measuring electric
voltage, resistance, and
current Experiment #1
Group Experiment # 2
Chapter 28, Direct Current Circuits (28.1 - 28.4)
Chapter 29, The Magnetic Field (29.1& 29.5 - 29.7)
Group Experiment # 3
Group Experiment # 5
Chapter 30, Magnetic Field Sources (30.1, 30.2)
Chapter 31, Electromagnetic Induction (31.1- 31.4)
Chapter 32, Inductance (32.1 - 32.5)
Group Experiment # 6
Chapter 33, AC Circuits (33.1 - 33.4)
Group Experiment # 7
Chapter 33, AC Circuits (33.5 - 33.9)
Group Experiment # 8
Group Experiment # 4
Chapter 24, Gauss's Law (24.1 - 24.4)
Chapters 23 and 25 (23.5, 23.6 and 25.4 - 25.6)
Chapters 29 and 30 (29.2 - 29.4, 30.3 and 30.4)
Chapters 31 (31.5 - 31.8 )
Chapter 34, Maxwell's Equations (34.1 - 34.5)
Final Exam (Comprehensive)
Group Experiment # 9
Group Experiment # 10
Group Problems Session
Group Problems Session
Group Problems Session
Extended Closure: If for any reason the college has to close for any number of days, it is your
responsibility to study and follow the syllabus as if you are attending classes. You should frequently
check your email and follow the instructions given by your instructor as how and when tests will be
given. For laboratory experiments, our existing physics applets on our NBS Website will be used. You
will perform online experiments and email your reports.
Fields and Equipotentials
Ohm's Law
Resistors in Series and Parallel
Joule Heat
Multi-loop Circuits: Kirchhoff's Rules
The RC Circuit with a DC source
The Mass of Electron
Electromagnetic Induction and Electric Motors
Introduction to the Oscilloscope
The RC Circuit with an AC source
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II. Course Objectives:
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the principles of physics
that are the basis for their future engineering fields of study. The graduates often work
with devices that work by the virtue of physics principles. Examples are: most industrial
equipment, X-ray machines, ultrasound, pressure measurement devices, optical
instruments, etc. The examples and problems selected for the course give the students the
necessary knowledge and skills to read and analyze scientific data with proper
understanding of the units involved and the type of physical quantity measured. A
conceptual understanding of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism is vital to the
science and engineering major students in their pursuit of different branches of
engineering and science as well as their orientation and creativity. On this basis, after
finishing this course, students will be able to:
explain Metric and American units and systems and perform various conversions
between the two (the gauges at work sites often use both types of units), (V.1 & V.3)
B describe the nature of forces between electric charges, (V.1 & V.4)*
C analyze Coulomb's Law for the force between two point charges, (V.1 & V.4)*
D calculate and map the electric field for simple charge distributions, (V.1 & V.4)*
E apply the Gauss's Law to different simple charge distributions in order to determine
the corresponding electric fields, (V.1 & V.4)*
F explain the concepts of electric potential and electric potential energy, (V.1, V.2,
V.3,& V.4)*
G use the concepts of field and potential to analyze capacitors and their electric energy
storage capacity and the role of dielectrics, (V.1, V.2, V.3,& V.4))*
H analyze and calculate the current through, voltage across, and the energy dissipation
in resistors as typical elements of a circuit, (V.2 & V.4)*
I analyze and calculate the current and voltage in multi-loop circuits, (V.2 & V.4)*
J calculate the magnetic field and its effect on moving charges, (V.2 & V.4)*
K describe the effect of electric and magnetic fields used in cyclotrons and other
particle accelerators, (V.1 & V.3)*
L describe the Faraday's Law of electromagnetic induction and induced electromotive
force, (V.1 & V.3)*
M analyze simple AC circuits such as LC, LR, RC, RLC series circuits, (V.2 & V.4 )*,
N explain the Maxwell's equations. (V.3,& V.4)*
* Roman numerals refer to the Goals of Natural Sciences Department.
III. Instructional Processes:
Students will:
learn in a cooperative mode by working in small groups with other students and
exchanging ideas within each group (or sometimes collectively) while being
coached by the instructor who provides assistance when needed, (Active Learning
learn by being a problem solver rather than being lectured, (Active Learning
explore and seek the solutions to the given problems that measure his/her level of
accomplishment, (Active Learning Strategy),
visit industry sites or will be visited by a person from industry who applies the
concepts being learned at his/her work site, (Transitional Strategy),
gradually be given higher- and higher-level problems to promote his/her critical
thinking ability, (Active Learning Strategy),
search for the solution to the assigned projects by examining the available software
and resources. (Transitional Strategy),
get engaged in learning processes such as projects, mentoring, apprenticeships,
and/or research activities as time allows, (Transitional Strategy), and
use computers with appropriate software during class or lab as a boost to the
learning process (Technology Literacy Outcome).
IV. Expectations for Student Performance:*
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
apply the physics concepts to theoretical and practical situations (A through N),
estimate an unknown parameter in a given practical situation by using the physics
principles involved (C, G, H, I, J, K, L, and M),
master simple energy calculations to estimate energy requirement and feasibility in a
given situation (F, G, H, and K),
perform necessary conversions between Metric and non-Metric units and systems
apply the Kirchhoff's rules to analyze circuits (H, I, and M),
apply the kinetics equation in force-motion situations (B and C),
calculate the work done, energy involved, and energy conversions in a given
problem (F, G, and J),
solve problems involving the motion of charged particles in a magnetic field (J, K,
L, and M),
analyze the motion of charged particles in a magnetic field and its application in
cyclotrons (J and K),
apply a vector approach where vectors are involved (B, C, D, E, F, J, K, L, M, and
resolve a vector into two components graphically and analytically (B-G and J-N),
calculate the effect of a changing magnetic flux through a surface, and the generated
emf (L),
calculate the effect of inductors and capacitors on alternating currents (M), and
write down and interpret Maxwell's equations. (N)
Letters after performance expectations reference the course objectives listed
V. Evaluation:
Students are primarily evaluated on the basis of test/quiz type assessments and homework
as outlined on the syllabus and a supplement sheet distributed by the instructor.
The following formula is used to evaluate the course grade:
Course Grade = (0.75)x(Theory Grade) + (0.25)x(Lab Grade)
Theory Grade = 0.80(Tests + Quizzes + H.W. ) + 0.20(Comprehensive Final)
B The number of tests may vary from 4 to 7. The percentages given for tests, quizzes,
and homework may vary depending on the instructor.
Laboratory Grade = (the sum of reports grades) / (the number of the reports).
C 10 experiments listed below are designed for the course. Each experiment requires a
report that must be at least spell-checked. Procedures for a standard lab report will
be given by your lab instructor. To avoid a ZERO Laboratory Grade, at least 6
reports must be turned in. No late lab report(s) will be accepted and there are No
Lab Make-ups.
Site Visits: The necessary site visits will be announced as the arrangements are
made. Evaluation will be based on attendance as well as the visit report.
Grading Scale: (91-100: A), (87-91: B+), ( 81-87 : B), (77-81: C+), (70-77:C),
and (60-70: D)
VI. Policies:
Attendance: College Policy mandates that a student be present for at least 75% of the scheduled class and
lab meetings in order to receive credit for the course.
Lab Reports: No late lab report will be accepted and there are No Lab Make-ups.
Students with Disabilities: If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical
information to share, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me
immediately. Please see me privately after class or in my office.
Students must present a current accommodation plan from a staff member in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) in
order to receive accommodations in this course. Services for Students with Disabilities may be contacted by going to
Goins 125, 127, 131, or Alexander 105 or by phone: 694-6751(Voice/TDY), 539-7153, 539-7091 or 539-7249.