SRJC Course Outlines

12/6/2023 4:35:18 PMPHYS 41 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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 and MATH 1B

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 and MATH 1B
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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Apply laws of physics to analyze and solve problems related to oscillatory motions, wave
    propagation and interferences including sound, laws of thermodynamics and
    geometrical/wave optics.
2.  Design and assemble apparati to measure physical phenomena.
3.  Analyze and make comparisons between experiment and theory.
4.  Effectively communicate ideas and processes of physics.

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During the course, students will:
1. Describe waves and solve problems relating to their properties and propagation in various
2. Be able to convert between temperature scales, solve problems related to coefficient of
    expansion, thermal equilibrium and heat transfer.
3. Use the laws of thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of gases to solve problems related to
    ideal gases 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 a single slit, a double slit, a
    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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I. Oscillatory Motion
    A. Simple harmonic motion
    B. Wave equations
    C. Damped/forced oscillations
II. Wave Motion - Travelling Wave Model/Equation
III. Sound Waves
    A. Speed, frequency, power level and intensity
    B. Doppler effect
IV. Superposition and Standing Waves
    A. Equations
    B. Interference and standing waves
     C. Beats
V. Temperature and Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
    A. Temperature scales
    B. Thermal expansion
    C. Ideal gas
VI. First Law of Thermodynamics
    A. Heat and thermal energy
    B. Specific heat and latent heat
    C. Work-heat relationship
    D. Thermal transfer methods
VII. The Kinetic Theory of Gases
    A. Molecular and statistical models
    B. Molar specific heat of gas
    C. Thermal processes
    D. Equipartition theorem
VIII. Second Law of Thermodynamics
    A. Heat engines
    B. Entropy      
IX. Light and Optics
    A. Nature of light
    B. Reflection and refraction of light
    C. Total internal reflection
X. Image Formation
    A. Mirrors and lenses
    B. Ray diagrams
    C. Optical instruments including eye, camera, microscope, telescopes
XI. Interference of Light Waves
    A. Single and double slits
    B. Thin film interference
    C. Interferometers
XII. Diffraction
    A. Narrow single slit
    B. Double slits
    C. Diffraction gratings
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab parts of the course.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Homework problem sets (10-30)
2. Quizzes (5-15)
3. Mid-term exams (2-4)
4. Final exam
5. Written lab reports (12-16)
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory experiments (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. 10th ed. Serway, Raymond and Jewett, John. Cengage L. 2019
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics. 4th ed. Knight, Randell. Pearson. 2017

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