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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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PHYS 1082 - Introductory Physics II

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture 5 Lab 2
Course Description: This course is the second course in a comprehensive two-semester sequence in introductory physics. The topics of wave motion, geometric optics, and electricity and magnetism are introduced at the level of calculus. The course presents these topics as a foundation for further studies in science while at the same time developing problem-solving skills that will be useful for students in practically any endeavor they choose to undertake.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1081  and MATH 1081  
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Concurrently enrolled inMATH 1082  .

Major Content

  1. Electricity
    1. Coulomb’s Law
    2. Gauss’ Law
    3. Potential and Voltage
    4. Capacitance and Dielectrics
    5. Current and Resistance
    6. Circuits
      1. Direct Current
      2. Alternating Current
  2. Geometric Optics
    1. Refraction
    2. Reflection
    3. Dispersion
    4. Image Formation
    5. Magnification
    6. Light Interference
    7. Diffraction
  3. Wave Mechanics
    1. Superposition and Interference
    2. Sound Waves
    3. Standing Waves
  4. Magnetism
    1. Magnetic Forces
    2. Magnetic Sources and Fields
    3. Electromagnetic Induction
    4. Electromagnetic Waves

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Analyze oscillatory and wave motion using calculus.
  2. Apply the laws of geometric optics to determine magnification and the position of images
  3. Explain limitations of optical devices.
  4. Analyze circuits using the principles of electromagnetism.
  5. Calculate the electric and magnetic fields produced by a variety of electrostatic or magnetostatic sources.
  6. Demonstrate a high degree of problem-solving skill.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.

03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.

03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.

03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

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