PHYS2305 General Physics II

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - This is the second course in an extensive two semester preparation in algebra based physics. In this course emphasize is given on developing an understanding of electricity, magnetism, and optics using algebra and trigonometry. Students will gain substantial understanding of experimental procedures including laboratory safety, collaborative learning, data collection, and data analysis through accompanying laboratory segment. This course is intended for students taking liberal arts and/or pre-professional courses in the areas of veterinary, medicine, dentistry, biology, optometry, and architecture.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe various concepts and principles of physics in the areas of electricity, magnetism, and optics.
  • Apply Coulomb¿s law to calculate electrical force among electrical charges.
  • Explain electric field, electric potential, electric flux, magnetic flux, electric potential energy, capacitance, electric current, current density, and electric power.
  • Compute an electric field due to a point charge, due to an electric dipole and due to distribution of point charges.
  • Solve problems related to electromagnetism using Coulomb¿s Law, Gauss¿s Law, Ohm¿s Law, Kirchhoff¿¿s Law, Ampere¿s Law, Faraday¿s Law, and Lenz¿s Law.
  • Analyze simple AC and DC circuits to calculate various circuitry parameters such as resistance, current and electric potential.
  • Distinguish among conductors, insulators, semiconductors, and superconductors.
  • Describe how electrical measurement instruments such as ohmmeter, voltmeter and ammeter can be used.
  • Simplify series and parallel circuits by determining equivalent resistance.
  • Evaluate LR circuit, RC circuit and series LCR circuit.
  • Write about different types of magnetism ¿ diamagnetism, paramagnetic, and ferromagnetism.
  • Review the principles of geometric optics.
  • Use principles of reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction to solve problems related to the optics.
  • Utilize appropriate computer technology and software to perform experiments, perform analysis, and prepare reports.
  • Show experimental skill by setting-up and performing experiments, collecting data, and formulating conclusion from the performed experiments.
  • Communicate physics theory, experimental results, and real-world applications of physics principles.


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other