The third course in an three-quarter algebra-based sequence. A balance of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability is emphasized; laboratory and lecture are integrated in the sequence. In this third quarter the topics studied will include electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic induction and waves, quantum physics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Biological applications of physics will be studied whenever possible.

### Prerequisites

Completion of PHYS& 115 with 2.0 or higher.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

- Apply algebra and right-angle trigonometry to the solution of problems involving electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic induction and waves, quantum physics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.
- Apply conceptual reasoning to analyze situations involving the material studied in this course.
- Present well-reasoned solutions of problems at a level appropriate for the course.
- Present experimental results in clearly written laboratory reports.
- Use technology such as calculators and computer spreadsheets to perform calculations, analyze data, and present data in graphical form at levels appropriate for the course.

**Quantitative Reasoning:**Students will be able to reason mathematically.

- Electric Charge and Electric Field

Charges and forces

Coulomb’s law

The electric field

Applications of the electric field - Electric Potential

Electric potential energy and electric potential

Sources of electric potential

Conservation of energy

Calculation of electric potential

Capacitors, dielectrics, and electric field energy - Current and Resistance

Introduction to current

Batteries and EMF

Ohm’s law and resistors

Energy and power in circuits

Circuit elements and diagrams

Kirchhoff’s laws

Series and parallel circuits

Measuring voltage and current - Magnetic Fields and Forces

Magnetism and the magnetic field

Magnetic field of a current

Moving charges and currents in magnetic fields

Torques on dipoles - Electromagnetic Induction and Waves

Induced current

Motional emf

Magnetic flux and Faraday’s law

Induced fields and electromagnetic waves

Properties of electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum - Quantum Physics

X-rays and diffraction

The photoelectric effect and Einstein’s photon hypothesis

Matter waves

Quantization of energy

The uncertainty principle - Atoms and Molecules

Spectroscopy

The quantum-mechanical hydrogen atom

Multi-electron atoms

Excited states and spectra

Molecules

Lasers and other applications of quantum mechanics - Nuclear physics

Nuclear structure and stability

Forces and energy in nuclei

Radioactivity

Nuclear decay and half-lives

Medical applications

Quarks and leptons

## EVALUATION METHODS/GRADING PROCEDURES:

Exams and Quizzes 50-60% Homework 20-30% Laboratory Reports 20%

## PLANNED TEACHING METHODS/LEARNING STRATEGIES:

Lecture In-class active learning Small group work Laboratory observation, measurement, and Experimentation

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.