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115 hours
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Physics Theory


The course objective is to explore simple harmonic oscillators, circuits, magnetism, and optics using the classical mechanics of physics.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify parts of both transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Calculate the period, frequency, wavelength, and velocity of a wave
  • Explain induction and infer how charges will react in given situations
  • Apply common physical constants to given situations
  • Calculate the force between two charges and determine the direction of the electrostatic force
  • Compare and contrast how charges move in insulators and conductors
  • Apply the law of conservation of charge to determine the net charge of a system
  • Given the electric field strength, calculate the force on a charge and apply Newton's second law
  • Calculate the potential energy in a uniform electric field
  • Calculate the total resistance in a circuit that has resistors in parallel
  • Calculate the current in a circuit that includes resistors in both series and parallel
  • Utilize Ohm's law to calculate the voltage, current, and resistance in a circuit
  • Describe how capacitors work
  • Calculate the capacitance of a capacitor
  • Calculate the electric potential energy in a capacitor
  • Calculate the total capacitance of a circuit that has capacitors in a series
  • Calculate the total capacitance of a circuit that has capacitors in parallel
  • Describe how a dielectric increases capacitance
  • Describe how to measure volts and amps in a circuit including what tool to use and how to use it
  • Describe elements of a magnet, including poles, domains, and recognizing common physical sources of magnetism
  • Calculate the magnetic force on a current carrying wire
  • Utilize the magnetic force to describe the centripetal motion of a particle
  • Calculate the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field around a wire
  • Calculate the force between two current carrying wires
  • Calculate the magnetic field strength in a solenoid and identify properties of solenoids
  • Calculate the electromotive force due to changing flux
  • Calculate motional electromotive force
  • Conceptualize how fields that coexist in the same space can be combined
  • Compare and contrast electric and magnetic fields
  • Calculate how different materials affect the speed of light through those materials
  • Relate the focus of a mirror to its radius or curvature
  • Utilize the lens maker's equation to calculate focal length of a lens
  • Describe constructive and destructive interference and how they affect Young's double slit experiment
  • Utilize Huygens' principle to describe how light diffracts as a wave
  • Calculate the energy of a photon and describe how light acts as a particle
  • Identify the progression of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Describe concepts related to lenses and how they refract light
  • Describe concepts related to electromagnetic wave composition
  • Calculate the magnitude and direction of the restoring force of a spring
  • Describe the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator
  • Calculate the oscillation frequency of a spring
  • Calculate the period of a simple harmonic oscillator
  • Calculate angular frequency in pendulums
  • Compare and contrast transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Calculate charge density on a given surface
  • Given a charge, pair of charges, or two infinite plates, determine the direction and magnitude of the electric field
  • Given a situation involving charging, identify if it is an example of conduction or induction, as well as calculate the net charges of the elements involved
  • Describe how charges move in a simple circuit
  • Contrast the difference between voltage and current
  • Calculate the magnitude of the current in a simple circuit
  • Describe how length and area affect a resistor
  • Calculate the total resistance and resistivity in a circuit
  • Calculate the total resistance in a circuit that has resistors in a series
  • Detail how to make a magnet from ferromagnetic material
  • Describe what an electromagnet is
  • Calculate the magnitude and direction of magnetic force on a charged particle
  • Identify common features of flux
  • Use Snell's law to relate the angle of refraction and the index of refraction
  • Recognize the relationship between the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection
  • Calculate the magnification from a mirror or lens
  • Relate the focus of a mirror or lens to the distance from the object and the distance from the image
  • Calculate the intensity of an electromagnetic wave given electric field strength
  • Describe concepts related to mirrors and how they reflect light

General Topics:

  • Simple harmonic oscillators and electrostatics
  • Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Optics
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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