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# PHYS 1120 - General Physics II

This course applies the tools of trigonometry, algebra, and vectors to the analysis of electricity, magnetism, and optics.  Laboratory experience is also included..

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.

Prerequisites:
MATH 1405 Pre-calc Trig or MATH 1450 Pre-calc Algebra & Trig, with C or better, or Math Placement VI, and PHYS 1110 - General Physics I with a grade of “C” or better.

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of PHYS 1120 General Physics II, the student will:

1. Apply appropriate mathematical strategies to include trigonometry, algebra, and vectors in solving problems involving the concepts of electricity, magnetism, and optics.
2. Apply appropriate conceptual physics strategies, using the scientific method, to solve problems involving concepts of electricity, magnetism, and optics.
3. Make accurate laboratory measurements of physical phenomenon.
4. Apply Coulomb’s Law to calculate electric fields for various electric charge distributions.
5. Apply the concepts of electric potential and electric field to the study of electrostatics.
6. Employ Kirchhoff’s Rules to solve problems with direct current electric circuits.
7. Explain the behavior and uses of various circuit devices in both direct current and alternative current circuits to include resistors, capacitors, diodes, and inductors.
8. Apply Maxwell’s equations to the study of electromagnetism.
9. Apply the Law of Biot-Savart to calculate magnetic fields for various electric current distributions.
10. Utilize the concepts of electricity and magnetism to explain the operation of electric generators, transformers, and motors.
11. Solve simple thick and thin lens problems.
12. Solve simple optics problems regarding light transmission through various media to include the phenomenon of polarization, interference, and diffraction.
13. Summarize the evidence for the wave nature of light.
14. Identify how physics influences and is influenced by contemporary society.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of PHYS 1120 General Physics II, the student will:

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