Second of a two-part algebra-based college physics sequence. Topics include: fluids, electricity, thermodynamics, magnetism, optics, modern physics and astrophysics (optional). Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: PHYS 111.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Serway, R. and Vuille (Cengage) Recommended
By Cutnell, J. and K. Johnson (Wiley) Recommended
By Wilson, J., Buffa and Lou (Addison-Wesley) Recommended
By Walker, J. (Addison-Wesley) Recommended
By Giancoli, D. (Pearson) Recommended
To describe the properties of fluids.
To apply the laws of thermodynamics.
To examine electricity and magnetism.
To investigate light and optics.
To outline modern physics and astrophysics (optional).
Calculate density and pressure in a fluid.
Apply Archimedes’ Principle and the Bernoulli Equation.
Define heat and temperature.
State and apply the laws of thermodynamics.
Describe electrical charges and fields.
Apply Coulomb’s Law.
Define electrical potential.
Describe capacitors and dielectrics.
Define electrical resistance and apply Ohm’s Law.
Analyze electrical circuits.
Define magnetic field.
Calculate the magnetic force on moving charges and on current-carrying wires and coils.
Define magnetic flux and apply Faraday’s Law of Induction.
Describe electrical generators, motors, and transformers.
Calculate frequency, wavelength, energy, and momentum of electromagnetic radiation.
Analyze reflection and apply to the case of plane and spherical mirrors.
Analyze refraction and apply the thin-lens equation.
Describe optical instruments such as telescopes and microscopes.
Describe superposition and interference in light waves.
Fluids - Density, pressure, and buoyancy - Equations of continuity - Fluid mechanics and Bernoulli Equation
Thermodynamics - Temperature and heat - Heat capacity and specific heat - Heat transfer and thermal processes - Laws of thermodynamics
Electricity and magnetism - Electrical forces and electric fields - Electric energy and capacitance - Current and resistance - Direct-current circuits - Magnetism - Induced voltage and inductance - Alternating currents and electromagnetism
Light and optics - Reflection and refraction of light - Mirrors and lenses - Wave optics - Optical instruments
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.