SRJC Course Outlines

4/16/2024 7:45:17 AMPHYS 2B Course Outline as of Fall 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 2BTitle:  GENERAL PHYSICS LEC  
Full Title:  General Physics Lecture
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: 

Catalog Description:
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Electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics.

Phys 2A and not open to students enrolled in or who have completed Phys 4C.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Electricity & magnetism, light, atomic & nuclear physics.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Phys 2A and not open to students enrolled in or who have completed Phys 4C.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1982
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceSpring 1982
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesSpring 1982
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 OR PHYS20A AND PHYS20B
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 110 Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics B SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS21 AND PHYS21L OR PHYS20B

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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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
   carrying wires.
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.

Topics and Scope
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Topics covered include:
1.  Electric 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, 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.

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, Quizzes, Exams
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%
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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Physics by Cutnell & Johnson, 5th edition, Wiley, 2000

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