NWCCD 2020-21 Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2023  
NWCCD 2020-21 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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PHYS 1120 - General Physics II

This course applies the tools of trigonometry, algebra, and vectors to the study of electricity, magnetism and optics. Laboratory sessions will illustrate principles studied.

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

General Education Requirement: Physical Science
MATH 1405 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry with a grade of “C” or better OR MATH 1450 Pre-Calculus Algebra & Trigonometry with a grade of “C” or better OR Math Placement Level VI or instructor consent

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. Apply Maxwell’s equations to the study of electromagnetism.
  8. Apply the Law of Biot-Savart to calculate magnetic fields for various electric current distributions.
  9. Solve simple thick and thin lens problems.
  10. Solve simple optics problems regarding light transmission through various media to include the phenomenon of polarization, interference, and diffraction.
  11. Identify how physics influences and is influenced by contemporary society.

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