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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHYS 212
Course Title: Calculus-Based Physics II
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description: This is the second of a two-part calculus-based college physics sequence. The course will cover the following: electricity, magnetism, optics, modern physics and astrophysics (optional). This course includes laboratory experiences based on the above topics. $30 lab fee. Prerequisite: PHYS 211.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PHYS 211.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Giancoli, D.C. (Addison-Wesley)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Serway, R.A., & Jewett, J.W. (Cengage)
Fundamentals of Physics
By Halliday, D., Resnick, R., & Walker, J. (Wiley)
Physics Laboratory Manual
By Loyd, D.H. (Cengage)
Physics Laboratory Experiments
By Wilson, J. and Hernandez-Hall (Cengage)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Fishbane, P., Gasiorowicz, S., and Thornton, S. (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • 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).
    Measurable Learning
  • 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.
    Topical Outline:
  • 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

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

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    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: August 27, 2014
    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.

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