SRJC Course Outlines

6/2/2023 3:13:32 PMPHYS 42 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

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 Scheduled3.008 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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In this course, students will be introduced to electromagnetic phenomena; they will use calculus, algebra, and trigonometry to apply physics laws and principles into solving problems involving electromagnetism and circuits.

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

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will be introduced to electromagnetic phenomena; they will use calculus, algebra, and trigonometry to apply physics laws and principles into solving problems involving electromagnetism and circuits.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of PHYS 40 or higher (V5) and Course Completion or Current Enrollment in 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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply laws of physics to analyze and solve problems related to electromagnetism and circuits.
2. Design and assemble apparatuses to measure electromagnetic phenomena.
3. Analyze and make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory.
4. Effectively communicate principles and processes of electromagnetism and circuits.

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In order to achieve the learning outcomes, during the course the students will:
1. Define and solve problems related to static electric fields and forces.
2. Use Gauss's law to solve problems involving charged conductors and insulators.
3. Define and calculate the electric potential for point charges and charged conductors and insulators.
4. Obtain the electric field from an electric potential.
5. Calculate the capacitance of capacitors with and without dielectrics.  
6. Solve problems related to current, resistance, electrical power, and Ohm's law.
7. Use Kirchhoff's rules to analyze direct current (DC) circuits.
8. Define and solve problems related to the properties of magnetic fields and forces.
9. Use the Biot-Savart and Ampere's laws to calculate the magnetic field produced by currents.
10. Use Faraday's law of induction to calculate motional emf.
11. Analyze resistors, inductors and capacitors in alternating current (AC) circuits using equations and phasors.
12. Solve problems related to the design of transformers and power transmission.
13. Describe Maxwell's equations and the properties of electromagnetic waves.
14. Solve problems related to electromagnetic waves.
Lab Objectives:
1. Develop and conduct experiments that apply the scientific method and error analysis to explore principles in static electricity, AC/DC circuits, electronic components, and magnetism.
2. Use manual and computerized data collection techniques to measure and analyze parameters related to electricity and magnetism.
3. Plot, curve fit, and interpret data using a spreadsheet or other analysis tools.

Topics and Scope
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1. Electric Field
    A. Electric charges and field lines
    B. Coulomb's law
    C. Electric field of continuous charges
    D. Motion of charged particle in electric field
2. Gauss's Law
    A. Electric flux
    B. Calculating electric field using the Gauss's law
    C. Conductors in electrostatic fields
3. Electric Potential
    A. Potential difference in a uniform electric field
    B. Electric potential of point charge and charged conductor of various simple geometries
    C. Finding electric field from electric potential
4. Dielectrics
    A. Capacitances
    B. Combinations of capacitances
    C. Energy stored in capacitors
    D. Electric dipole
5. Current and Resistance
    A. Electric current and resistance
    B. Effect of temperature on resistivity
    C. Conductivity and resistivity
    D. Electrical power
6. DC Circuits
    A. Batteries and emf
    B. Resistors in series and parallel
    C. Kirchhoff's rules
    D. RC circuits
7. Magnetic Field
    A. Magnetic force on a moving charge and its applications
    B. Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor
    C. Torque on a current loop in a uniform magnetic field
    D. Hall effect
8. Sources of Magnetic Field
    A. Biot-Savart law
    B. Ampere's law
    C. Magnetic field of currents flowing in straight wires, solenoid, toroid, and sheets
    D. Gauss's law in magnetism
    E. Magnetic materials and magnetic field of the Earth
9. Faraday's Law
    A. Motional emf
    B. Lenz's law
    C. Induced emf, generators and motors
    D. Eddy current
10. Inductance
    A. Self inductance, inductors, and mutual inductance
    B. RL circuits
    C. Stored energy in a magnetic field
    D. Oscillation in LC and RLC circuits
11. AC Circuits
    A. Resistors, inductors, and capacitors in AC circuits
    B. Phasors
    C. Series RLC circuit
    D. Power in AC circuits
    E. Transformers and power transmission
12. Electromagnetic Waves
    A. Poynting's vector
    B. Maxwell's equations
    C. Plane electromagnetic waves
    D. Polarization of light
    E. Energy carried and pressure exerted by electromagnetic waves
    F. Electromagnetic spectrum
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab parts of the course.

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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)

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
5 - 20%
Written lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problem sets; Laboratory 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
40 - 70%
Quizzes, exams, final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Participation and attendance

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Representative Textbooks:
Physics For Scientists And Engineers. 10th ed. Serway, Raymond and Jewett, John. Cengage L. 2018.
Physics For Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach With Modern Physics. 4th ed. Randall Knight. 2016. (classic)
University Physics Volume 2 by OpenStax, S. J. Ling, J. Sanny, and W. Moebs, 2016. (classic)
Online Educational Resources (OER):
University Physics, Volume 1, Moebs, William et al. Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0.
University Physics, Volume 2. Ling, Samuel J., et al.  Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0.
University Physics Volume 3. Ling, Sameul J., et al. Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0.

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