PHYS2320 Engineering Physics II

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 Natural Sciences. This is the second course in an extensive two semester preparation in calculus physics. The main purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview to the principles of physics using calculus. It covers the concepts and principles of physics in the areas of Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics. This course is a foundation for further studies in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and it is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in these fields. The laboratory component associated with this course provides noteworthy experience in various experimental procedures such as laboratory safety, collective learning, designing experiments, data, and error analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze various theoretical and practical concepts of physics used by engineers, physicist, and other scientific professionals in the areas of electricity, magnetism, and optics.
  • Compute electrical force between electric charges using Coulomb's Law.
  • Apply Gauss¿s law to calculate electric field distribution.
  • Calculate electric potential due to individual charge or distributed charge.
  • Define electric field, electric potential, flux, electric potential energy, capacitance, electric current, current density, and electric power
  • Explain Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law, Ohm's Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, and Lenz's Law.
  • Determine the equivalent resistance of numerous resistors connected in series, parallel or combination of both.
  • Summarize characteristics of conductors, insulators, semiconductors, and superconductors.
  • Evaluate simple Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) circuits applying Kirchhoff's law.
  • Estimate the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor, a spherical capacitor, a cylindrical sphere and an isolated sphere capacitor.
  • Find the equivalent capacitance of several capacitors connected in series and/or parallel.
  • Analyze RC Circuit, RL Circuit and a series LRC Circuit.
  • Use Biot-Savart law to estimate the magnetic field of a current carrying long straight wire.
  • Locate real and virtual images shaped by spherical mirrors and lenses.
  • Describe the total internal reflection phenomenon.
  • Communicate physics theory and experimental results through presentation to peers and faculty.
  • Verify theoretical physics concepts through practical investigation.


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5 credits: 4 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 1 other