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PHY 223 - Physics for Science and Engineering 3

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: PHY 221  

This calculus-based physics course stresses experimental and problem-solving techniques. Heat, thermodynamics, waves, geometrical and physical optics and atomic structure are studied. Topics include temperature, thermal expansion of solids, ideal gases, kinetic theory, heat transfer and calorimetry, the first and second law of thermodynamics, transverse and longitudinal wave motion, superposition of waves, synthesis of complex wave forms, electromagnetic radiation, law of reflection, law of refraction, imaging, interference, diffraction and polarization.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of thermodynamics, wave theory, light and optics.
  2. Apply calculus in problem solving to develop relationships for interpretation and attain numerical solutions where algebra is inadequate.
  3. Synthesize various concepts while applying them to real-world contexts seen in careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
  4. Apply data reduction/analysis techniques used in the execution of laboratory experiments to test important concepts, theories and principles of physics.
  5. Communicate ideas effectively in graphical and written form in homework solutions, examinations and lab reports. 
Listed Topics
  1. Temperature, thermal expansion and ideal gases
  2. Heat and the first Law of Thermodynamics
  3. Kinetic theory of gases
  4. Heat engines, entropy and second Law of Thermodynamics
  5. Mechanical wave motion
  6. Sound waves
  7. Superposition of waves and standing waves
  8. Electromagnetic waves
  9. Laws of Geometric Optics, Laws of Physical Optics
  10. Diffraction and polarization
Reference Materials
Textbook, scientific calculator, computers, internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 10/11/2019

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