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COURSE NUMBER: PHYS107
COURSE TITLE:Physics-Heat/Magnetism
DIVISION:Sciences
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:4
CONTACT HOURS:75
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:180
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
PHYS107 is the second course in a three-semester introductory physics sequence for the engineering and science student. The typical student enrolling in this course will later transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their studies toward a baccalaureate degree in a scientific field.

PREREQUISITES:
PHYS106 and MATH130.

NOTES: A lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast thermodynamic and electromagnetic terminology using applicable formulae, units, and scientific vocabulary
  • Solve equations by identifying variables, interpreting the significance of the equations, and citing applications, as well as predicting (with justification) variations in results from changes in conditions, in the thermodynamic and electromagnetic processes
  • Examine concepts by detailing the assumptions and limitations of the conceptual models as well as justifying corrective terms and signage for formulae used in thermodynamic and electromagnetic processes
  • Apply various thermodynamic and electromagnetic concepts to multi-leveled, application problems that make use of diagramming, vector mathematics, derivatives, integrals, and the right-hand rule using correct signage, dimensional analysis, and justification for plausibility of the process (based on the standards given in a rubric)
  • Interpret graphical representations for functions and processes by extrapolating data or drawing conclusions about the thermodynamic or electromagnetic process
  • Use proper laboratory and communication skills through experiments, industry projects, and produce lab reports that demonstrate competence in aspects of technical writing

Weekly Schedule

Week Topics
1 Measuring temperatures and temperature scales are discussed. Thermal expansion and Ideal gas law is discussed
2 Heat, specific heat, calorimetry and the first law of thermodynamics are discussed.
3 PV diagrams and work done by a gas are developed.
4 Kinetic theory of gasses, molecular speeds of gasses and specific heat of an ideal gas at constant pressure and the specific heat of an ideal gas at constant volume discussed.
5 Second law of thermodynamics, the Carnot engine, efficiency and entropy discussed.
6 Coulombs’s Law, Electric Fields due to point charges and due to continuous charges discussed.
7 Electric flux, Gauss’s Law and applications discussed.

Exam 1
8 Electric Potential due to point charges and due to a continuous distribution discussed. Relationship between electric potential and electric field examined.
9 Electric capacitance and dielectrics, energy stored in a capacitor discussed
10 Current, voltage, and resistance are defined and the relationship between them investigated. Resistance as a function of temperature discussed. Electrical power defined.
11 Series and parallel circuits modeled. Equivalent resistance of various circuits calculated. Kirchhoff’s current and voltage rules explored. RC circuits discussed.
12 Series and parallel circuits modeled. Equivalent resistance of various circuits calculated. Kirchhoff’s current and voltage rules explored. RC circuits discussed.
13 Faraday’s law of induction and Lenz’s law discussed.

Exam 2
14 RLC circuits, energy contained in a magnetic field and oscillations in a circuit discussed.
15 AC circuits modeled that contain combinations of resistors, inductors and/or capacitors.
16 Exam 3


TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Lab Activities

Lab Activities
Activity Title Description of Lab Student Outcome Delivery Time
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion Metal rods are heated the change of length, initial length and change of temperature are measured. The coefficient of thermal expansion is calculated and compared to the known value. After completing this lab students will be able explain the calculation of the coefficient of thermal expansion Hands on 2 hrs
Boyle’s Law A fixed amount of gas is exposed to different pressures and the volume measured After completing this lab students will be able to produce a graph of Volume vs Pressure on Excel to verify Boyle’s Law Hands on 2 hrs
Determination of Absolute zero A constant volume thermometer and an alcohol thermometer are used to measure the temperatures of three water baths; an ice bath, room temperature bath and a bath of boiling water. A graph of Temperature vs Pressure is created with the data and extrapolated to absolute zero After completing this lab students will be able to explain how the ideal gas law is used to experimentally determine absolute zero. Hands on 2 hrs
Mechanical Equivalent of heat A cylinder of known specific heat is taken through a temperature change by friction of a weight bearing rope. The mechanical work and the energy of heat are calculated and compared. After completing this lab students will be able to explain the energy used to heat a metal cylinder with two different units and compare the two. Hands on 2 hrs
Coulomb’s Law part 1 Two nonconductive spheres are charged and brought to varying distances. The force between the spheres is measured via a torsion balance. A graph of force vs distance is made in Excel After completing this lab students will be able to verify that the force between two objects increases as the square of the decrease of the distance between two charged objects Hands on 2 hrs
Coulomb’s Law part 2 Two nonconductive spheres are kept at a set distance. Trials of varying charge are performed and the force between the two spheres measured via a torsion balance. A graph of force verses the product of the charges is created in Excel. After completing this lab students will be able to show that the force between two spheres is proportional to the product of the charge of the spheres. Hands on 2 hrs
Measuring Electric Fields The electric field lines of different configurations of charged areas is graphed using a current meter. After completing this lab students will illustrate the electric field surrounding simple configurations. Hands on 2 hrs
Ohm’s Law The voltage and current passing through a simple resistive circuit is measured for different resistances. A graph of Current vs Voltage is created for each resistance. The slope of the graph is shown to be the inverse of the resistance. After completing this lab students will be able to show that voltage and current are directly proportional. Hands on 2 hrs
Kirchhoff’s current Law The current through each branch of a parallel circuit is measured. Experimental results are compared to theoretical predictions. After completing this lab students will be able to explain Kirchhoff’s current law. Hands on 2 hrs
Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law The voltage across each resistor of a circuit that contains series and parallel components. Experimental results are compared to theoretical predictions. After completing this lab students will be able to explain Kirchhoff’s voltage law. Hands on 2 hrs
Current Balance a current balance is used to investigate the relationship between current and magnet forces After completing this lab students will be able to explain the relationship between current and magnetic field. Hands on 2 hrs
Milikan’s Oil Drop A simulation of the oil drop experiment is used to determine the charge of an electron After completing this lab students will be able to explain that charges come in discrete amounts. Simulation 2 hrs
e/m Ratio for Electrons Electrons are forced through a magnetic field. The arc of their path measured. Known electric and magnetic fields allow the calculation of the ratio of charge to mass. After completing this lab students will be able to explain the motion of a charged particle in a magnetic field. Hands on 2 hrs
Operating a Oscilloscope The set up and use of an oscilloscope is explained and explored with simple resistive and capacitance circuits to measure, voltage, frequency and periods. After completing this lab students will be able to operate an oscilloscope to analyze simple AC circuits Hands on 2 hrs
RLC Circuits An oscilloscope is used to analyze a circuit with inductors and capacitors. After completing this lab students will be able to explain the time constants associated with RLC circuits Hands on 2 hrs
Total lab contact hours: 30


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 9th Edition, Richard Serway, 2010.
Web access required.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:

The classroom’s main activity is lecture interspersed with discussion. Problems are assigned to be completed and checked by the students. Examinations are given to evaluate the student’s level of understanding the material. In addition, each student is required to participate in a weekly laboratory exercise related to the lecture topic being covered, and is graded according to a written report, experimental technique, quality of results, and participation. Students will also be performing several presentations.

The main emphasis of the course is to learn to analyze problems and to be able to apply the proper equations and mathematical procedures to obtain a suitable solution. Students will be assessed with (3) three major exams, a final, lab reports, industry projects, quizzes and other homework.

Grading Criteria:
Evaluation--3 exams
Writing--lab reports
Industry Projects--testing & designing projects includes budget report, letters, memos, etc.
Citizenship--quizzes, homework, etc
Final--exam covering all material from the semester
40%
20%
10%
10%
20%

Grading Scale:
A= 90-100
B= 80-89.9
C= 70-79.9
D= 60-69.9
F= Below 60

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2019

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