SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 2:01:01 AMPHYS 4B Course Outline as of Spring 1983

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 4BTitle:  PHYS FOR SCI & ENGN  
Full Title:  Physics 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 Scheduled3.0017.5 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: 

Catalog Description:
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Heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, mechanical waves and sound, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.

Phys 4A with a grade of "C" or better, Math 2A completed or in progress.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Heat & thermodynamics, waves & sound, light & optics.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Phys 4A with a grade of "C" or better, Math 2A 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: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: 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 what a wave is & define the terms: longitudinal, transverse,
   transverse velocity, wave velocity, frequency, wavelength, period,
   wave number, amplitude & angular frequency.
2.  Write an equation for a one-dimensional harmonic wave traveling either
   in the positive or negative direction, differentiate to find velocity
   & acceleration, write equations relating wave velocity, angular
   frequency, frequency, wavelength, period, & wave number & solve
   problems using these equations & relationship.
3.  Solve problems involving velocity, energy & power of waves in
   stretched strings.
4.  Explain the concepts of superposition of waves, constructive
   interference, destructive interference, & beats; & solve problems
   involving the superposition of 2 or more waves traveling in the same
   or opposite directions & of equal or different frequencies &
5.  Explain the Doppler effect & solve problems involving the Doppler
   effect for moving sources & observers.
6.  Define what the intensity of a wave measures, describe how the
   intensity of a wave depends on its amplitude, relate the intensity
   of a sound wave in watts/square meter to its sound level expressed
   in decibels; & solve problems involving intensity of waves & sound
   levels in decibels.
7.  Sketch standing wave patterns for vibrating strings & vibrating air
   columns in open & closed pipes; explain what is meant by overtones &
   harmonics; describe the phenomenon of resonance; & solve problems
   involving standing waves in strings & air columns.
8.  Explain what a temperature measurement is a measurement of; give
   values for the freezing & boiling points of water on the Celsius,
   Kelvin & Fahrenheit scales; & convert a temperature given on any
   temperature scale to any other temperature scale.
9.  Describe what coefficients of linear, area, & volume expansion
   represent, & solve problems involving thermal expansion in 1, 2, & 3
10. Write the equation of state for an ideal gas & solve problems using
   the relationship.
11. Explain what constitutes internal energy & what heat is; explain the
   concepts of specific heat & latent heat; solve problems using specific
   heats, latent heats, & the first law of thermodynamics.
12. List the 3 methods of heat transfer; write an equation for heat
   transfer by conduction; explain the concepts of temperature gradient
   & thermal conductivity; & solve problems involving heat transfer by
   conduction, with a variety of geometries, & heat transfer by
13. Explain how the kinetic theory of gases can be used to relate
   translational kinetic energy to absolute temperature in an ideal gas;
   explain the concepts of equipartition of energy & degrees of freedom;
   & use these concepts to provide values for molar specific heats at
   constant volume & constant pressure for monatomic, diatomic &
   triatomic molecules at low, mid, & high temperatures.
14. Describe what occurs in isothermal, isobaric, isovolumic & adiabatic
   processes; sketch changes of state involving these processes on a
   P-V diagram; & solve problems involving these processes including
   calculating work done, changes in internal energy & heat gained by
   systems undergoing these processes.
15. Given a distribution of molecular speeds, such as the Maxwell
   distribution, calculate the average speed, most probable speed &
   root-mean-square speed.
16. State the second law of thermodynamics in a variety of ways; describe
   the Carnot cycle; solve problems involving various thermodynamic
   cycles including calculations of efficiency for heat engines &
   coefficients of performance for refrigerators & heat pumps.
17. Explain what entropy is, write an equation for change in entropy, &
   calculate changes in entropy for various thermal processes.
18. Give a value for the speed of light in a vacuum; state the approximate
   wavelength range of the visible spectrum; give an equation relating
   speed, frequency & wavelength for light waves & use the relationship
   in problem solving.
19. State 2 rules for reflection of light & explain the difference
   between specular & diffuse reflection.
20. Explain the refraction of light at the interface between 2 transparent
   media & the concept of index of refraction; write the equation for
   Snell's Law & use it in problem solving; explain the concepts of
   total internal reflection & the critical angle & use these concepts
   in problems solving.
21. Explain what dispersion is, why a prism forms a spectrum of colors for
   incident white light, what the minimum angle of deviation is, & solve
   problems involving refraction of light through a prism.
22. Explain the terms real, virtual, erect & inverted as they apply to
   images formed by mirrors & lenses; describe the image forming
   properties of convex & concave spherical mirrors & of converging &
   diverging thin spherical lenses.
23. Write an equation relating object distance, image distance & focal
   length for spherical mirrors & thin lenses; write an equation for
   linear magnification for mirrors & thin lenses; state the conventions
   used for plus & minus signs on distances, focal lengths &
   magnifications; & solve problems using these relationships for single
   & multiple mirror/lens systems.
24. Draw ray diagrams to determine image locations & magnifications for
   single spherical mirrors & thin lenses as well as for systems of
   mirrors & lenses.
25. Solve problems using the lens maker's equation, problems involving
   refraction at spherical surfaces, & problems involving thick lenses.
26. Describe the configuration of lenses in a simple microscope, opera
   glass & astronomical telescope, draw ray diagrams & calculate image
   positions & magnifications.

Topics and Scope
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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
11. Entropy.
12. Reflection and refraction of plane light waves incident on plane
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.  Learning to use a variety of measuring instruments.
2.  Making measurements in thermal systems.
3.  Making measurements in optical systems.
4.  Error analysis.
5.  Numerical and graphical analysis of data.

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1.  No less than 10 sets of homework problems (one for each chapter
2.  Twelve laboratory experiments (10 short lab reports, 2 formal lab
3.  No less than 3 mid-term exams.
4.  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%
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
8 - 20%
Homework problems, Lab reports, Quizzes, 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
55 - 72%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 25%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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