Principles of physics for science, computer science, and engineering majors, using calculus, involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics.

Laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in the lecture involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light and optics, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports.

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Meets NCTC Core Curriculum Requirement

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the fundamental concepts of electricity and electromagnetism, including electrostatic potential energy, electrostatic potential, potential difference, magnetic field, induction, and Maxwell’s Laws
  • State the general nature of electrical forces and electrical charges, and their relationship to electrical current.
  • Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of electrical charges, electrical forces, and electrical fields.
  • Apply Kirchhoff’s Laws to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
  • Calculate the force on a charged particle between the plates of a parallel-plate capacitor.
  • Apply Ohm’s law to the solution of problems
  • Describe the effects of static charge on nearby materials in terms of Coulomb’s Law.
  • Use Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws to find the electromotive forces.
  • Describe the components of a wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel level.
  • Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference and superposition of waves.
  • Solve real-world problems involving optics, lenses, and mirrors.
  • Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
  • Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism.
  • Relate physical observations and measurements involving electricity and magnetism to theoretical principles.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
  • Design fundamental experiments involving principles of electricity and magnetism.
  • Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 48.0