SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 8:15:36 PMPHYS 3B Course Outline as of Fall 1999

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 3BTitle:  GENERAL PHYSICS LAB  
Full Title:  General Physics Lab
Last Reviewed:2/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Laboratory experiments to accompany Physics 2B.

Phys 2B completed or in progress.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Lab experiments to accompany Physics 2B.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Phys 2B completed or in progress.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B3Laboratory ActivitySpring 1982
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5CFulfills Lab RequirementFall 1981
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.  Explain concepts of electric charge, current,
resistance, potential difference and emf.
2.  Perform a number of experiments to analyze DC and AC
circuits including constructing circuits containing
various combinations of resistance, coils and
capacitors and making measurements using a digital
multimeter, the oscilloscope, and the computer with
current probes and voltage probes.
3.  Measure magnetic fields using the computer and a
magnetic field probe and determine the direction of
induced currents produced by changing magnetic
4.  Explain concepts involving the formation of images by
pin holes and lenses.
5.  Construct a microscope and telescopes and explain
their operation.
6.  Determine the wavelength of light from a gas
discharge tube using a spectroscope.
7.  Use a computer with a radiation detector to measure
the activity of a radioactive source.
8.  Construct graphs using computer graphing programs for
the analysis of experimental data including
variations of strength of magnetic field with
distance from a permanent magnet or electromagnet,
resonance curves for RLC circuits, the calibration
curve for a spectroscope, variations of intensity of
radiation with distance from a radioactive source.

Topics and Scope
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Topics covered include:
1.  Electrostatics.
2.  Fundamental concepts of DC circuits: current,
resistance, voltage, emf.
3.  Fundamentals of DC circuits: resistance in series
   and parallel.
4.  Magnetic fields: the earth•s field, permanent
magnets, current-carrying coils.
5.  Electromagnetic induction and transformers.
6.  Inductance, capacitance and resonance.
7.  Images formed using pin holes and lenses.
8.  Microscopes and telescopes.
9.  Analysis of light by a spectroscope.
10. Radioactive decay and the inverse square law of

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1.  No less than 12 laboratory experiments.
2.  One mid-term exam.
3.  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%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Lab reports, 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
20 - 30%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
70 - 80%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics Laboratory Experiments by Wilson, 4th Edition, 1994, D.C. Heath &

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