PHYS& 223: Engineering Physics III w/Lab

Class Program
Degree Code
Lab Science
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 44 Lab Hours 22

The third in a three-quarter calculus-based sequence in introductory physics intended for students majoring in science or engineering. Course content includes static electricity, current electricity, magnetism, and special relativity.


Successful completion of PHYS& 221 and PHYS& 222

Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

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

  1. Apply problem-solving techniques learned in Engineering Physics I (PHYS& 221) to electricity, magnetism, and special relativity.
  2. Apply Coulomb’s law in basic one- and two-dimensional situations.
  3. Calculate electric fields and electric potential for different charge configurations, up to and including certain continuous charge distributions.
  4. Determine the behavior of charges in uniform electric fields.
  5. Apply the concepts of electric potential energy and electric potential in the solution of problems.
  6. Apply material learned in the study of electric field and electric potential to the subject of capacitors.
  7. Apply Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s rules, and the concepts of energy and power to DC circuits.
  8. Determine the behavior of point charges and current-carrying conductors in uniform magnetic fields.
  9. Calculate magnetic fields for moving single charges and elementary current configurations.
  10. Employ Faraday’s law for calculations involving induced emf.
  11. Perform calculations for time dilation and length contraction.
  12. Employ the relativistic Lorentz transformations.
  13. Perform elementary relativistic calculations for momentum, energy, and the Doppler effect.
  14. Present clearly explained problem solutions.
  15. Present experimental results in clearly written laboratory reports.
Institutional Outcomes
IO2 Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to reason mathematically.
Course Content Outline
  • Electricity
    Coulomb’s law
    Electric fields
    (Optional) Gauss's law
    Electrical potential
    Current and resistance
    Direct current circuits
  • Magnetism
    Behavior of charges and currents in magnetic fields
    Sources of the magnetic field
    (Optional) Ampere’s law
    Faraday’s law
    (Optional) Inductance
  • Relativity
    Time dilation and length contraction
    Lorentz transformations
    Relativistic momentum and energy
    The Doppler effect
Department Guidelines

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

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