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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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PH 123 - College Physics II

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The first section of this course covers the principles of electricity and magnetism. Specific topics covered include Coulomb’s law, electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, simple DC circuits and Ohm’s law, forces on charged particles in magnetic fields, and magnetic fields due to electric currents. The last section of this course covers the principles of geometric and physical optics. The laws of reflection and refraction are discussed, and these laws are used to study the ways in which mirrors and lenses can be used to form images. Interference is discussed and applied to double slits and thin films. The associated laboratory is designed to give students direct experience with the concepts presented in lecture. The laboratory also serves to familiarize students with laboratory techniques and equipment. This course replaces PT 220. Not for credit for students who have credit for PH 2020 or PH 2021  or PT 220. Designated as a laptop course. (prereq: PH 113 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the concepts of charging by conduction and by induction
  • Understand the concepts of electric force, electric field, and electric potential and be able to work problems involving them
  • Sketch electric fields and equipotential lines
  • Understand and be able to work problems involving the concepts of capacitance, dielectrics, dielectric strength and the energy stored in a capacitor
  • Understand the concepts of resistance and resistivity, be able to identify the factors which contribute to these quantities and be able to work problems involving them
  • Describe the motion of charges in a wire
  • Understand Ohm’s Law and power transfer in electric circuits and be able to work problems involving them
  • Understand Kirchoff’s laws and be able to work problems involving capacitors and resistors in series or parallel and involving circuits that may have multiple batteries in them
  • Sketch and calculate the magnetic field for simple situations such as loops, wires, and solenoids
  • Draw and calculate the magnetic force on a wire, moving charge, or a current carrying wire
  • Understand the Hall Effect and the operation of simple motors
  • Understand the nature of mechanical and electromagnetic waves (light)
  • Understand the concepts of refraction and reflection and be able to apply them both by drawing ray diagrams and by working problems involving single reflecting or refracting surfaces, lenses, mirrors, and optical fibers
  • Understand double slit interference and thin film interference and be able to work problems involving them

Prerequisites by Topic
  • PH 113 , College Physics I (Mechanics and Heat)

Course Topics
  • Electricity and magnetism - 7 weeks (21 classes)
  • Basic optics and light - 3 weeks (9 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • The digital multimeter
  • Introduction to the use of the oscilloscope
  • Electrostatic acceleration and deflection of electrons
  • Equipotential surfaces and electric fields
  • Parallel plate capacitors
  • Simple RC circuits and the RC time constant
  • Magnetic deflection of electrons
  • The current balance
  • Converging mirrors and lenses
  • Interference and diffraction of light
  • Young’s double slit experiment
  • Diffraction of light

Dr. Steven Mayer

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