Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the concepts of electrical charge, electric field strength,
magnetic field strength, potential difference, resistivity,
resistance, capacitance, inductance, impedance & give units used to
express each of these quantities.
2. Solve problems using Coulomb's Law.
3. Sketch electric field lines & equipotential surfaces for various
configurations of charge & solve problems involving electric fields
& potential difference.
4. Explain what a dielectric is & solve problems involving calculations
of capacitance, voltage across capacitors, charge stored in capacitors
& energy stored in capacitors for various combinations of capacitors,
& for capacitors with & without dielectrics.
5. Solve problems using Ohm's Law & involving calculations of resistance,
current, voltage & power.
6. Determine the equivalent resistance of combinations of resistors in
series & parallel & use Kirchhoff's rules to calculate voltages &
7. Solve problems involving alternating current RLC circuits including
8. Describe the structure & properties of materials that are electrical
conductors, electrical insulators, semiconductors, & ferromagnetic
9. Sketch magnetic field lines for various configurations of permanent
magnets & for current carrying wires & loops & solve problems
involving the magnetic force on moving charged particles & on current
10. Calculate the magnetic field due to long straight current carrying
wires & due to current carrying loops.
11. State Lenz's Law & apply it to induced currents.
12. Explain the operation of moving coil meters, motors, generators &
transformers, & the production of back emf & eddy currents.
13. Describe the electromagnetic waves & their production, & list the
types of radiation included in the electromagnetic spectrum in order
of increasing or decreasing wavelength or frequency.
14. Give a value for the speed of light in a vacuum, state the approximate
wavelength range of the visible spectrum, & arrange a list of color in
order of their wavelengths or frequencies.
15. Explain the refraction of light at the interface between 2 transparent
media & the concept of index of refraction; write the equation for
Snell's Law & use it in problem solving; explain the concepts of total
internal reflection & the critical angle.
16. Explain the real, virtual, erect & inverted as they apply to images
formed by mirrors & lenses; describe the image forming properties of
convex & concave spherical mirrors & of converging & diverging thin
spherical lenses; do calculations involving object distances, image
distances, focal lengths & magnifications of mirrors & lenses.
17. Describe the optical configurations of & image formation by the
camera, the eye, telescopes & microscopes.
18. Explain the formation of a double slit interference pattern, single
slit diffraction pattern & spectra by diffraction gratings, & solve
problems involving interference & diffraction of light.
19. Distinguish between unpolarized & polarized light & explain how
polarized light can be produced.
20. State the postulate on which the theoy of special relativity is
based; describe the effects of relativistic time dilation, length
contraction, & mass increase; & solve problems involving these effects
as well as energy & momentum at relativistic speeds.
21. Describe the photoelectric effect & explain the concepts of work
function & threshold frequency or wavelength.
22. Explain what a photon is; solve problems involving the wavelength,
frequency, energy & momentum of photons; & describe the wave-particle
duality of light & matter.
23. Explain & describe electron energy levels using the Bohr model of the
atom; describe the processes of emission & absorption of photons by
orbital electrons; use the Bohr model to calculate electron energy
levels & frequencies or wavelengths of emitted or absorbed light.
24. Explain the concept of quantum numbers, state the Pauli exclusion
principle, & explain the structure of the periodic table.
25. Define terms involving atomic nuclei such as atomic number, mass
number, nucleon, isotope & atomic weight; calculate nuclear binding
26. Explain why some atomic nuclei are radioactive; define the concept
of a half-life & use it in problem solving; describe the various
modes of radioactive decay.
27. Describe what happens in nuclear fission & fusion & explain the
release of energy in each of these processes.
28. Write equations for the nuclear processes of radioactive decay,
fission, fusion, & nuclear transmutation; calculate mass differences
& energy released in each of the processes; & indicate conservation
laws which are applicable to these interactions.