SRJC Course Outlines

10/31/2020 10:25:32 AMPHYS 21 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 21Title:  GENERAL PHYSICS PART II  
Full Title:  General Physics Lecture Part II
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHYS 2B

Catalog Description:
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Electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics.

PHYS 20. Not open to students enrolled in or who have completed PHYS 42

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:PHYS 20. Not open to students enrolled in or who have completed PHYS 42
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1982
Inactive:Fall 2021
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceSpring 1982Fall 2021
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesSpring 1982Fall 2021
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:Fall 2021
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:Fall 2021
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 100S Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS20 AND PHYS20L AND PHYS21 AND PHYS21L
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 110 Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics B SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS21 AND PHYS21L

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the concepts of static charges, including Coulomb's law, field pattern, and conductivity.
2. Define the electric potential and its application to capacitors and solve problems related to various capacitor combinations.
3. Describe resistance, and solve problems related to various resistor combinations in a direct current circuit, using Kirchhoff's rules including RC circuits.
4. Describe magnetism, calculate the force on a moving charge, and analyze the magnetic field generated by current passing through various components using the Ampere's law.
5. Describe Faraday's  law of induction and solve problems related to circuits containing inductors in DC and AC circuits.
6. Explain the concepts related to the reflection and refraction of light and image formation in the mirrors, lenses and various optical systems.
7. Apply the concept of wave interference to explain interference patterns in the Young's double slit, single slit and diffraction grating.
8. Describe the concept of the special theory of relativity.
9. Describe various concepts related to atomic/nuclear and quantum physics including Black Body radiation, X-ray, wave function, atomic spectra, radioactive decay and nuclear reaction.  

Topics and Scope
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1.  Electric charges, forces and fields
2.  Electric potential
3.  Direct current circuits
4.  Magnetism
5.  Electromagnetic induction
6.  Alternating current and electronics
7.  Electromagnetic waves
8.  Properties of light
9.  Optical devices
10. Interference, diffraction, and polarization of light
11. Special relativity
12. Early quantum physics
13. Atomic structure and the emission of light
14. Nuclear physics  

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1. No less than twelve sets of homework problems
2. Zero to fifteen quizzes
3. No less than three mid-term exams
4. Final exam
5. Reading 20-40 pages per week  

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 35%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 85%
Multiple choice exams, quizzes, and physics problems
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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 Essentials of College Physics by Serway/Vuille, Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2007
Physics by Cutnell and Johnson, 7h edition, Wiley, 2007

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