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Areas of Study | | PHYS108 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: PHYS108
COURSE TITLE:Physics-Wave Motion/Optics/Modern Physics
DIVISION:Sciences
IAI CODE(S): EGR 914 PHY 914
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:4
CONTACT HOURS:75
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:180
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The third semester of the three-semester introductory physics sequence for the engineering and science students. The typical student in this course will transfer to a four-year university for a degree in engineering or technology. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.

PREREQUISITES:
PHYS107

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic scientific nomenclature, basic measuring techniques and basic analytical techniques
  • Illustrate understanding of concepts and 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 wave, optical, and modern physics processes
  • Analyze concepts by detailing the assumptions and limitations of the conceptual models as well as justifying corrective terms and signage for formulae used in wave, optical, and modern physics processes
  • Apply various wave, optical, and modern physics concepts to multi-level, application problems that make use of diagramming, vector mathematics, derivatives, integrals, 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 wave, optical, and modern physics process
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory and communication skills through experiments, industry projects, and produce lab reports that demonstrate competence in aspects of technical writing

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
The material covered in this course is as follows:
  • Wave Motion - 33%
    • Simple Harmonic Motion
    • Standing Waves
    • Resonance
    • Superposition and Interference of Waves
    • Sound
  • Optics - 33%
    • Fundamentals of Light
    • Reflection and Refraction
    • Geometric Optics
    • Huygen’s and Fermat’s Principle
    • Interference
    • Diffraction
    • Polarization
  • Modern Physics - 33%
    • Relativity
    • Introduction to Quantum Physics
    • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
    • Particle Physics
Labs:
  1. Simple Harmonic Motion
    • Students will use a simple set-up of masses and springs to approximate simple harmonic motion
  2. Standing Waves
    • Students will verify the relationship between mass per unit length, tension and wave speed using standing waves
  3. Resonance Tube
    • Resonance will be investigated using a resonance tube and oscilloscope
  4. Lens and Mirrors
    • Students will investigate image formation using mirrors and lenses
  5. Measuring the Speed of Light
    • Students will determine the speed of light using a diffraction grating and spectral bulbs
  6. The Index of Refraction
    • Students will measure the index of refraction of a substance using spectrometer
  7. Nuclear Decay
    • Students will measure nuclear decay and determine shielding ability of various substances

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 9th Edition, Saunders.
See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:

The classroom’s main activity is lecture interspersed with questions and discussion. Problems are assigned to be completed by the student. There are three hourly exams.

Students are expected to gain competence in writing, reading, and understanding scientific and mathematical material through participation in a weekly laboratory exercise. The students’ grades are based on experimental techniques, results and written reports. In addition, students will be expected to interpret current literature.

The main emphasis of this course is to learn to analyze problems and to be able to apply the proper equations and mathematical procedures to obtain a numerical solution.

The final grade is apportioned among:
Lab reports
Hourly Exams
Final Exam
Homework
15%
45%
25%
15%

A 90% average is expected for an "A".
A 60% average is expected for a passing grade.


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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:
Spring 2019

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