SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 12:42:52 AMPHYS 4C Course Outline as of Fall 1983

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 4CTitle:  PHYS FOR SCI & ENGN  
Full Title:  Physics for Scientists & 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: 

Catalog Description:
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Electricity and magnetism.

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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Electricity & magnetism.
(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: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: 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.  Define the properties of electric charges & electric fields.
2.  Solve problems involving Coulombs's Law for point charges & simple
   continuous charge distributions.
3.  Calculate electric fields due to point charges & due to simple
   continuous charge distribtuions.
4.  Describe & explain the motion of charged particles in a uniform
   electric field & in the oscilloscope.
5.  Define electric flux, state Gauss' Law & apply Gauss' Law in
   determining electric fields for various distributions of charge.
6.  Describe the difference between an electrical insulator & an
   electrical conductor & list of properties of a conductor in
   electrostatic equilibrium.
7.  Define electric potential & potential difference.
8.  Determine the potential difference & electric potential in uniform
   electric fields due to point charges & to uniform charge distributions
9.  Obtain E (the electric field vector) from the electric potential.
10. Define capacitance & calculate the capacitance of capacitors with
   simple geometry.
11. Solve problems involving calculations of capacitors for various
   combinations of capacitors, & for capacitors with & without
12. Define electric dipole moment & determine the torque on & potential
   energy of electric dipole moments in electric fields.
13. Define the concepts of current, current density, drift velocity,
   resistance, & resistivity; describe the temperature dependence of
   resistivity; & state Ohm's Law.
14. Solve problems involving resistance, current, voltage & power.
15. Determine the equivalent resistance of resistors in series & parallel
   to simplify various combinations of resistors.
16. State Kirchhoff's rules & use them to calculate potential & current
   in various DC circuits.
17. Apply Kirchhoff's rules to RC circuits & describe how the charge
   & current vary with time.
18. Define the properties of the magnetic field.
19. Calculate the magnetic force  on moving charged particles & 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 & apply it in determining magnetic fields.
23. Explain magnetic flux & Gauss' Law for magnetism.
24. Use Faraday's Law of induction to calculate motional emf.
25. State Lenz's Law & 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 & RLC circuits.
29. Describe the behavior of resistors, inductors & capacitors in AC
   circuits, & define capacitive reactance, inductive reactance &
30. Solve for current, voltage, the phase angle between current & voltage,
   & 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, & the role of transformers
   in AC power transmission.
32. Dicuss Maxwell's equations & the discovery of electromagnetic waves.
33. Use Poynting's vector to calculate the electric field, the magnetic
   field, the energy, pressure, & momentum associated with an
   electromagnetic waves.
34. Explain the production of electromagnetic waves by an infinite
   current sheet & 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.  Setting up AC and DC circuits and using a variety of test equipment
   to analyze them.
2.  Constructing an ammeter and voltmeter using a galvanometer.
3.  Analyzing AC and DC power supplies.
4.  Error analysis.
5.  Graphical analysis of data.
6.  Measurement of electric and magnetic fields using cathode ray tubes
   and magnetometers.
7.  Analysis of oscillations in RLC circuits.
8.  Using the oscilloscope to measure phase angles in AC circuits.

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1.  Twelve sets of homework problems.
2.  Twelve quizzes.
3.  Twelve lab reports.
4.  No less than 4 mid-term exams.
5.  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
20 - 25%
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
50 - 60%
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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