At the completion of this PHYS 1112 course, the student should be able to do the following.
In the area of electricity,
1. Calculate for a system of up to four point charges the following quantities: Force, Electric Field, Electric Potential, Electric Potential Energy;
2. Evaluate the capacitance of a parallel-plate capacitor of given area and plate separation, and explain the effects of a dielectric in a capacitor;
3. Determine the equivalent capacitance of a network of capacitors or resistors in series-parallel combination and calculate the final charge on, the potential difference across, and the energy stored in each capacitor OR the current through, the potential difference across, and the power dissipated by each resistor when a known potential is applied across the combination;
4. Calculate the electron drift velocity, electric current, resistance of a conductor using Ohm's law and also the resistance of a conductor based on the physical characteristics of a conductor;
In the area of magnetism,
5. Determine the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field exerted on an electric charge moving through a known magnetic field and calculate the orbital radius of a charged particle moving in a uniform magnetic field;
6. Calculate the magnitude and direction of the magnetic force on a current carrying conductor when placed in an external magnetic field;
7. Calculate the (motional) emf induced between the ends of a conducting bar moving through a constant magnetic field;
In the area of Optics:
8. Discuss the characteristics, origins and interactions of light waves;
9. Describe use of lenses, mirrors and the operation of basic optical instruments;
In the area of modern physics:
10. Describe models of the hydrogen atom and basic atomic structure;
11. Describe basic nuclear structure and nuclear reactions;
1. Electric Forces and Electric Fields: electric point charges, Coulomb's law, the electric field, conductors and insulators.
2. Electric Energy and Capacitance: Electric potential energy and potential difference, capacitance, electric energy stored in a capacitor, capacitors with dielectrics.
3. Current and Resistance: Electric current, ohm's law, resistivity, variation of temperature with resistance, electric power.
4. Direct Current (DC) circuits: Electromotive force (emf), resistor arrangements, Kirchhoff's rules, RC circuit.
5. Magnetism: Magnets, magnetic fields, earth's magnetic field, magnetic forces, torque on a current carrying loop, Ampere's law, magnetic field of a solenoid.
6. Induced Voltages and Inductance: Magnetic flux, induced emf, Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, generators and motors, eddy currents, self inductance, energy stored in magnetic fieldS.
7. Alternating current circuits: Transformer.
8. Electromagnetic Waves: Maxwell's predictions, Hertz's discoveries, the production of electromagnetic waves by an antenna, properties of electromagnetic waves, the spectrum of electromagnetic waves, television.
9. Reflection and Refraction of Light: The nature of light, measurements of the speed of light, Huygen's principle, reflection and refraction, dispersion and Prisms.
10. Mirrors and Lenses: Plane, spherical, and convex mirrors; refraction, thin lenses, multiple lens systems, lens aberrations.
11. Wave Optics: Conditions for interference, Young's double-slit interference, Newton's rings, interference in thin films, diffraction, single-slit diffraction, polarization of light waves.
12. Optical Instruments: The camera, the eye, the simple magnifier, the compound microscope, the telescope, the Michelson interferometer, the diffraction grating.
13. Relativity: The principles of relativity, the Michelson-Morley experiment, Einstein's postulates, consequences of special relativity, relativistic momentum, mass and the ultimate speed, relativistic addition of velocities, relativistic energy.
14. Quantum Physics: Black body radiation and Planck's hypothesis, the photoelectric effect, applications of the photoelectric effect, x-rays, diffraction of x-rays by crystals, Compton scattering, pair production and annihilation, photons and electromagnetic waves, the wave properties of particles.
15. Atomic Physics: Early models of the atom, atomic spectra, the Bohr theory of hydrogen, De Broglie waves and the hydrogen atom, the spin magnetic quantum number, the exclusion principle and the periodic table, characteristic x-rays, atomic transitions, lasers and holography, fluorescence and phosphorescence.
16. Nuclear Physics: Properties of nuclei, binding energy, nuclear models, radioactivity, the decay process, natural radioactivity, nuclear reactions. Nuclear fission, nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion, radiation damage in matter, radiation detectors, uses of radiation, computed axial tomography (CAT scans).
* Italicized topics are optional