# SRJC Course Outlines

 9/12/2024 10:49:13 AM PHYS 41 Course Outline as of Fall 2023 Changed Course CATALOG INFORMATION Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 41 Title:  WAVES, OPTICS, THERMO Full Title:  Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers Last Reviewed:1/23/2023

 Units Course Hours per Week Nbr of Weeks Course Hours Total Maximum 4.00 Lecture Scheduled 3.00 17.5 max. Lecture Scheduled 52.50 Minimum 4.00 Lab Scheduled 3.00 8 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

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
Formerly:  PHYS 4B

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will use calculus, algebra, and trigonometry to apply physics laws and principles to solve problems involving oscillations, waves, sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of PHYS 40

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MATH 1B

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will use calculus, algebra, and trigonometry to apply physics laws and principles to solve problems involving oscillations, waves, sound, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light.

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PHYS 40
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MATH 1B
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 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: 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

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Analyze and solve problems by applying the laws of physics to oscillatory motion, wave propagation and interference, 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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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe waves and solve problems relating to their properties and propagation in various media.
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 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 and forced oscillations
II. Wave Motion
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 the 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. 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 the eye, camera, microscope, and telescope
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.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Homework problem sets (10-30)
2. Quizzes (5-15)
3. Exams (2-4)
4. Final exam

Lab and Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory experiments and reports (12-16)