SRJC Course Outlines

5/29/2024 8:56:48 AMPHYS 42 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 42Title:  ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM  
Full Title:  Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers
Last Reviewed:9/26/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 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 4C

Catalog Description:
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This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include electricity and magnetism.

Completion of PHYS 40 or higher (V5) and Course Completion or Current Enrollment in MATH 2A OR MATH 1C

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include electricity & magnetism.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of PHYS 40 or higher (V5) and Course Completion or Current Enrollment in MATH 2A OR MATH 1C
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1983
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1983
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1983
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 200S Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: ABC SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS40 AND PHYS41 AND PHYS42 AND PHYS43
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 210 Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: B SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS42

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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Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1.  Define the properties of electric charges and electric fields.
2.  Solve problems involving Coulomb's Law for point charges and simple
   continuous charge distributions.
3.  Calculate electric fields due to point charges and due to simple
   continuous charge distributions.
4.  Describe and explain the motion of charged particles in a uniform
   electric field and in the oscilloscope.
5.  Define electric flux, state Gauss' Law and apply Gauss' Law in
   determining electric fields for various charge distributions.
6.  Describe the difference between an electrical insulator and an
   electrical conductor and list properties of a conductor in
   electrostatic equilibrium.
7.  Define electric potential and potential difference.
8.  Determine the potential difference and electric potential in uniform
   electric fields due to point charges and uniform charge distributions.
9.  Obtain E (the electric field vector) from the electric potential.
10. Define capacitance and calculate the capacitance of capacitors with
   simple geometries.
11. Solve problems involving calculations of capacitors for various
   combinations of capacitors, and for capacitors with and without
12. Define electric dipole moment and determine the torque on and
   potential energy of electroic dipole moments in electric fields.
13. Define the concepts of current, current density, drift velocity,
   resistance, and resistivity; describe the temperature dependence of
   resistivity; and state Ohm's Law.
14. Solve problems involving resistance, current, voltage and power.
15. Determine the equivalent resistance of resistors in series and
   parallel to simplify various combinations of resistors.
16. State Kirchhoff's rules and use them to calculate potential and
   current in various DC circuits.
17. Apply Kirchhoff's rules to RC circuits and describe how the charge
   and current vary with time.
18. Define the properties of the magnetic field.
19. Calculate the magnetic force  on moving charged particles and current
   carrying conductors in a magnetic field.
20. Describe the motions of charged particles moving in a magnetic field.
21. Use the Biot-Savart Law to calculate the magnetic field produced by
   a current.
22. State Ampere's Law and apply it in determining magnetic fields.
23. Explain magnetic flux and Gauss' Law for magnetism.
24. Use Faraday's Law of induction to calculate motional emf.
25. State Lenz's Law and apply it to induced currents.
26. State Maxwell's equations.
27. Explain self inductance.
28. Solve problems involving RL circuits, energy in a magnetic field,
   oscillations in an LC circuit and RLC circuits.
29. Describe the behavior of resistors, inductors and capacitors in AC
   circuits, and define capacitive reactance, inductive reactance and
30. Solve for current, voltage, the phase angle between current and
   voltage, and resonant frequencies in series RLC AC circuits.
31. Explain the operation of a transformer, how a transformer can be
   either a step-up or step-down transformer, and the role of
   transformers in AC power transmission.
32. Discuss Maxwell's equations and the discovery of electromagnetic
33. Use Poynting's vector to calculate the electric field, the magnetic
   field, the energy, pressure, and momentum associated with
   electromagnetic waves.
34. Explain the production of electromagnetic waves by an infinite
   current sheet and by an antenna.

Topics and Scope
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Topics covered include:
1.  Coulomb's Law and electric fields.
2.  Gauss' Law.
3.  The electric potential.
4.  Capacitance and dielectrics.
5.  Current, resistance, and Ohm's Law.
6.  Direct current circuits and RC circuits using Kirchhoff's rules.
7.  Magnetic fields and the forces on moving charges.
8.  Sources of magnetic fields Biot-Savart Law and Ampere's Law.
9.  Faraday's Law of induction.
10. Self inductance, RL circuits, oscillations in LC circuits and RLC
11. Alternating current circuits including RLC series and parallel
   circuits and resonance.
12. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and Poynting's vector.
Lab work includes:
1.  Constructing DC and AC circuits with various combinations of
   resistance, capacitance and inductance and using DC power supplies
   and AC signal generators.
2.  Learning to use and using digital electronic multimeters
   and oscilloscopes to make measurements in electrical systems.
3.  Using computers with current, voltage and magnetic field probes to
   observe/make measurements in electrical circuits and magnetic fields.
4.  Using spreadsheets to record data and to calculate experimental
5.  Constructing graphs using computer graphing programs.
6.  Error analysis
7.  Numerical and graphical analysis of data.

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1.  No less than twelve sets of homework problems.
2.  Five to fifteen quizzes.
3.  No less than twelve 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%
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%
Homework problems, 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%
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%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS by Serway & Beichner, 6th edition,
Saunders, 2003

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