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Fall 2021

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PHY133 - Physics With Calculus 3

Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces waves, standing waves, optics, interference and diffraction, electromagnetic waves, special relativity, wave-particle duality, the Bohr atom, wave functions, Schrodinger's equation and hydrogen molecules, solids, radioactivity and nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Three class hours, three lab hours. Spring only. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 132.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Apply basic principles of waves and optics conceptually, using proper terminology. (This includes electromagnetic waves, lenses and mirrors, standing waves and interference.)
2. Apply basic principles of special and general relativity conceptually, using proper terminology.
3. Apply basic principles of atomic physics and quantum mechanics conceptually, using proper terminology. (This includes de Broglie wavelength, the Bohr model, Schrodinger's equation and hydrogen, molecules, solids, radioactivity and elementary particles.)
4. Translate questions about physical topics into mathematical expressions, including problems which involve setting up integrals.
5. Solve the equations they have set up. (This includes fluent use of algebra, trigonometry, calculus and vector arithmetic. Also appropriate use of units and graphs.)
6. Reason creatively, developing solutions to multi-step problems which are not identical to others they have seen before.
7. Use laboratory equipment, given written instructions, to demonstrate and verify theoretical principles in actual physical systems.
8. Analyze the results of laboratory experiments, including their probable error, to draw conclusions on whether they are in agreement with generally accepted values or principles
9. Prepare lab reports which clearly convey the underlying ideas of experiments as well as the methods and results.

Effective Term: Fall 2019