Liberal Arts > Physics

General Information

  • Name: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Physics
  • Units (Credits): 3.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Corequisite: PHYS 181L
Explores electric fields, potential, current, dielectrics, circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic oscillations, thermodynamics and kinetic theory of gases. Students must co-enroll in both lecture and lab to receive credit.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is to introduce electrodynamics, circuits, and thermodynamics with a basis in calculus level mathematics in preparation for further study in engineering, physics, and other sciences.

Upon successful completion of PHYS 181 (defined as a letter grade of C or better, 73% or higher overall score) learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe important characteristics of physical systems involving heat flow, entropy, kinetic theory of gases, electric charge, electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, and simple electric circuits. (ISLO #1, #4, #6)
  2. Calculate quantitative predictions and draw qualitative conclusions regarding the interactions and configurations of physical systems involving heat flow, entropy, kinetic theory of gases, electric charge, electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, and simple electric circuits. (ILSO #1, #3, #6)
  3. Examine a variety of physical systems and verify the behavior of parts of that system when subject to interactions with physical effects both inside and outside the system. (ISLO #3, #6)

III. Topics

This course introduces learners to classical thermodynamics and classical electromagnetism. Topics will include heat, temperature, thermal expansion/contraction, calorimetry, heat engines, entropy, the Coulomb force, electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, electric current, electrical resistance, magnetic fields,the Lorentz force, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, and simple AC and DC circuits.


Scheduled PHYS-181 classes:

Fall 2019