# SRJC Course Outlines

5/12/2021 4:31:00 PM | PHYS 41 Course Outline as of Fall 2006
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CATALOG INFORMATION |
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Discipline and Nbr: PHYS 41 | Title: WAVES, OPTICS, THERMO | |

Full Title: Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers | ||

Last Reviewed:1/28/2019 |

Units | Course Hours per Week | Nbr of Weeks | Course Hours Total | ||||
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Maximum | 4.00 | Lecture Scheduled | 3.00 | 17.5 max. | Lecture Scheduled | 52.50 | |

Minimum | 4.00 | Lab Scheduled | 3.00 | 17.5 min. | Lab Scheduled | 52.50 | |

Contact DHR | 0 | Contact DHR | 0 | ||||

Contact Total | 6.00 | Contact Total | 105.00 | ||||

Non-contact DHR | 0 | Non-contact DHR Total | 0 |

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

Grading: Grade Only

Repeatability: 00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

Also Listed As:

Formerly: PHYS 4B

**Catalog Description:**

This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include oscillations, mechanical waves and sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.

**Prerequisites/Corequisites:**

Course Completion of PHYS 40 ( or PHYS 4A)

**Recommended Preparation:**

**Limits on Enrollment:**

**Schedule of Classes Information**

Description:

This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include oscillations, mechanical waves and sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.

(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PHYS 40 ( or PHYS 4A)

Recommended:

Limits on Enrollment:

Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.

Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

__ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION__Associate Degree: | Effective: | Spring 1983 | Inactive: | ||

Area: | C | Natural Sciences |
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CSU GE: | Transfer Area | Effective: | Inactive: | ||

B1 | Physical Science | Spring 1983 | |||

B3 | Laboratory Activity | ||||

IGETC: | Transfer Area | Effective: | Inactive: | ||

5A | Physical Sciences | Spring 1983 | |||

5C | Fulfills Lab Requirement | ||||

CSU Transfer: | Transferable | Effective: | Spring 1983 | Inactive: | |

UC Transfer: | Transferable | Effective: | Spring 1983 | Inactive: | |

C-ID: |
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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

__COURSE CONTENT__**Outcomes and Objectives:**

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Explain what a wave is and define common terms used in describing

waves.

2. Write an equation for a one-dimensional wave traveling in the positive

or negative direction, differentiate to find velocity and acceleration

and solve problems involving these relationships.

3. Solve problems involving velocity, energy and power of waves in

stretched strings.

4. Explain the concepts of superposition of waves, constructive

interference, destructive interference and beats and solve problems

involving the superposition of two or more waves.

5. Explain the Doppler effect and solve Doppler effect problems.

6. Explain what the intensity of a wave measures, relate it to sound

level in decibels, and solve problems involving intensity and sound

level.

7. Sketch standing wave patterns for vibrating strings and air columns,

explain/describe overtones and resonance, and solve problems involving

standing waves in strings and air columns.

8. Give values for the freezing and boiling points of water on the

Absolute, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales and convert temperatures

from one scale to another.

9. Describe what a coefficient of expansion represents and solve problems

involving thermal expansion in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions.

10. Write the equation of state for an ideal gas and solve problems using

the relationship.

11. Explain the concepts of specific heat and latent heat and solve

problems using the first law of thermodynamics and these quantities.

12. List the 3 methods of heat transfer, explain the concepts of

temperature gradient and thermal conductivity, and solve problems

involving heat transfer by conduction and by radiation.

13. Use the kinetic theory of gases including the concepts of equiparition

of energy and degrees of freedom to provide values for molar

specific heats at constant volume and constant pressure for monatomic,

diatomic and triatomic molecules at low, mid and high temperatures.

14. Describe what occurs in isothermal, isobaric, isovolumic and adiabatic

processes, sketch changes of state involving these processes on a

P-V diagram, and solve problems involving these processes.

15. Given a distribution of molecular speeds, calculate the average speed,

most probable speed and root-mean-square speed.

16. State the second law of thermodynamics, describe the Carnot cycle, and

solve problems involving various thermodynamic cycles.

17. Explain what entropy is and calculate changes in entropy for various

thermal processes.

18. Give a value for the speed of light in a vacuum, state the wavelength

range of the visible spectrum, and relate speed, frequency and

wavelength of light waves.

19. State two rules for reflection of light and explain the difference

between specular and diffuse reflection.

20. Explain the refraction of light at the interface between two

transparent media and the concepts of index of refraction, critical

angle and internal reflection, and solve problems using Snell's law.

21. Explain what dispersion is, why a prism forms a spectrum of colors,

the minimum angle of deviation and solve problems involving refraction

of light through a prism.

22. Explain the terms real, virtual, erect and inverted, and describe the

image forming properties of converging and diverging spherical mirrors

and thin lenses.

23. Solve problems involving object distance, image distance, focal length

and linear magnification for single and multiple mirror/thin lens

systems.

24. Draw ray diagrams to determine image locations and magnifications for

single and combinations of spherical mirrors and thin lenses.

25. Solve problems using the lens maker's equation, problems involving

refraction at spherical surfaces, and problems involving thick lenses.

26. Describe the configuration of lenses in, draw ray diagrams for and do

calculations involving a simple microscope, opera glass and

astronomical telescope.

27. Explain the formation of a double slit interference pattern, describe

the effect of wavelength and slit separation on the pattern, and solve

problems involving double slit interference.

28. Explain the formation of spectra by diffraction gratings and solve

problems involving spectra formed by diffraction gratings.

29. Explain interference in thin films and solve problems involving thin

film interference.

30. Explain the formation of the single slit diffraction pattern and solve

problems involving single slit diffraction.

31. Describe at least three methods by which light can be polarized and

solve problems involving the intensity of light transmitted through

multiple polarizing filters, Brewster's angle, and polarization by

reflection.

**Topics and Scope**

Topics covered include:

1. Waves in elastic media.

2. Sound waves.

3. Superposition of waves and standing waves in strings and air columns.

4. Temperature and conversion of temperature scales.

5. Thermal expansion.

6. The ideal gas law.

7. Specific heat, latent heat, & the first law of thermodynamics.

8. The kinetic theory of gases and molar specific heats.

9. Isothermal, isobaric, isovolumic, and adiabatic processes.

10. Heat engines, refrigerators, heat pumps and the second law of

thermodynamics.

11. Entropy.

12. Reflection and refraction of plane light waves incident on plane

surfaces.

13. Image forming properties of spherical mirrors and thin lenses.

14. Interference of light: double slit interference, thin film

interference, diffraction gratings.

15. Single slit diffraction.

16. Polarization of light.

Lab work includes:

1. Using computers with motion detectors and force probes to make

measurements on systems vibrating with simple harmonic motion and to

develop concepts of simple harmonic motion.

2. Using computers with microphones, force probes, etc. to make

measurements of sound waves and waves in strings and springs and to

develop concepts such as frequency, period, and interference of waves

3. Making measurements in thermal systems including using computers with

temperature probes.

4. Making measurements in optical systems.

5. Using spreadsheets to record data and to calculate experimental

results.

6. Constructing graphs using computer graphing programs.

7. Error analysis.

8. Numerical and graphical analysis of data.

**Assignments:**

1. No less than 10 sets of homework problems (one for each chapter

covered).

2. Five to fifteen quizzes.

3. No less than 12 laboratory experiments.

4. No less than three mid-term exams.

5. Final exam.

6. Lab Reports.

**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% |
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None | |||

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 10 - 30% |
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Homework problems, Experiments. | |||

Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams. | Skill Demonstrations 0 - 0% |
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None | |||

Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams. | Exams 50 - 70% |
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Multiple choice, Physics problems to solve, quizzes and exams. | |||

Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories. | Other Category 20 - 30% |
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LAB REPORTS |

**Representative Textbooks and Materials:**

PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS by Serway.6th ed.,2003