SRJC Course Outlines

4/23/2024 11:22:27 AMPHYS 41 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 41Title:  WAVES, OPTICS, THERMO  
Full Title:  Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers
Last Reviewed:1/23/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHYS 4B

Catalog Description:
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This is a course intended for science and engineering students and will include oscillations, waves, sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.

Course Completion of PHYS 40

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This is a course intended for science and engineering students and will include oscillations, waves, sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PHYS 40
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1983
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceSpring 1983
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesSpring 1983
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1983Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1983Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 200S Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: ABC SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS40 AND PHYS41 AND PHYS42 AND PHYS43

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe waves and solve problems relating to their properties and propagation in various media.
2.  Be able to convert between temperature scales, solve problems related to coefficient of expansion, thermal equilibrium and heat transfer.
3. Use the three laws of thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of gasses  to solve problems related to ideal gasses and various heat engines.
4. Explain propagation of light in media including reflection, refraction and dispersion.
5. Explain image formation and draw the ray diagrams for various optical devices including lenses, mirrors, microscopes and telescopes.
6. Explain the formation of interference patterns of light from single slit, double slit, diffraction grating, and thin films.
7. Describe polarization with filters and by reflection.
Lab Objectives:
1.  Develop and conduct experiments that apply the scientific method and error analysis to explore principles in waves, sound, thermodynamics and optics.
2.  Use manual and computerized data collection techniques to measure and analyze parameters related to waves, sound, thermodynamics and optics.
3.  Plot, curve fit, and interpret data using a spreadsheet or other analysis tools.

Topics and Scope
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1. Oscillatory motion
    a. simple harmonic motion
    b. wave equations
    c. damped/forced oscillations
2. Wave motion
    a. travelling wave model/equation
    b. reflection and transmission
3. Sound waves
    a. speed, frequency, power level and intensity
    b. Doppler effect
4.  Superposition and standing waves
    a. equations
    b. interference and standing waves
     c. beats
    d. Fourier transformation of non-sinusoidal waves
5. Temperature and Zeroth law of thermodynamics
    a. temperature scales
    b. thermal expansion
    c. ideal gas
6. First law of thermodynamics
    a. heat and thermal energy
    b. specific heat and latent heat
    c. work-heat relationship
    d. thermal conduction methods
7. The kinetic theory of gasses
    a. molecular and statistical models
    b. molar specific heat of gas
    c. adiabatic process
    d. equipartition theory
8. Second law of thermodynamics
    a. heat engines
    b. entropy      
9. Light and optics
    a. nature of light
    b. ray, diagram, reflection and refraction of light
    c. total internal reflection
10. Image formation
   a. mirrors and lenses
   b. aberrations
   c. eye, camera, microscope and telescopes
11. Interference of light waves
    a. single and double slits
    b. thin film interference
    c. interferometers
12. Diffraction
    a. narrow single slit, double slits and diffraction gratings
    b. X-ray diffraction
    c. polarization of light

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1.  Homework problem sets (10-30)
2.  Quizzes (5-15)
3.  Laboratory experiments (12-16)
4.  Mid-term exams (2-4)
5.  Final exam
6.  Written lab reports (12-16)

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
5 - 10%
Written lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 35%
Homework problems, lab experiments
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
50 - 70%
Objective examinations (multiple choice, etc.) that include essay questions, Quizzes, Mid-terms, Final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett, 9th edition, Thomson, 2013
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 3rd edition.  Randell D. Knight. Pearson, 2013

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