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Quarterly Lab Courses: P104, P105, P109

 Physics 104 Physics 105 Physics 109 The interaction of Light with objects. The behavior of Light. Problem Solving using the Scientific Method Light and Plane Surfaces; Reflection and Refraction The interaction of Light with objects. Magnetism Light and Curved Surfaces; Mirrors and Lenses Seeing and Depth Perception Magnetic Data Storage Electric Circuits Reflection at Plane Surfaces: Images Basic Electricity; Circuits Flow and Electric Current Reflection at Curved Surfaces: More Images Troubleshooting Pressure and Voltage Transmission Through Plane and Curved Surfaces: lenses Integrated Circuits Motion Studies; Steady Motion Color in Light: The Nature of Sources Digital Logic Changing Motion Additive Color Mixing Analogue to Digital Conversion Motion Representations Subtractive Color Mixing Group Project; Data Transmission and Interference Force Human Color Perception Group Project; Test of Project

Algebra Based Sequence: P114-P116

 Physics 114 Physics 115 Physics 116 Motion I Archemedies Principle Speed of Sound Motion II Thermal Expansion Waves on a String Projectile Motion Latent Heat Polarization of Light Force Investigation Specific Heat Reflection Newtons Second Law Electrostatics Curved Mirrors Ballistic Pendulum Electric Fields Refraction Conservation of Momentum Capacitor Lab Thin Lenses Angular Momentum and Torque Resistor Lab Atomic Spectra Simple Harmonic Motion Discharge of a Capacitor Magnet Lab Induction Lab

Engineering Sequence: P121-P123

 Physics 121 Physics 122 Physics 123 Motion I and II Electrostatics LR Circuits Motion III and IV EM field Simple Harmonic Motion Projectile Motion Electric Potential LRC Circuits Force Investigation Capacitor Lab Wave Motion Newton’s Second Law Resistor Lab Sound Energy Conservation RC Circuits Reflection Collisions Magnetism Lenses Rotational Inertia Current Balance Ripple Tank Angular Momentum Induction Gratings and Spectra Torque Polarization

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Topics by Course

Physics 100

Physics &100: Topics

1. Nature, Language, and Methods of Science.
2. Inertia and Motion in Newton’s First Law.
1. What does it take to stand still or keep moving?
3. Linear Kinematics: Developing a Language to Describe Motion.
4. Linear Dynamics: Using Newton’s Laws to Explain and Predict
Motion.
5. Circular Motion: How to Design a Race Track or a Solar System,
and Why Centrifugal Force is Fictitious.
6. Energy: Storing and Retrieving Motion from a Motion Bank.
7. Vibrations and Waves
1. Describing an Oscillation / Describing a Wave.
2. Waves in Different media / Waves of Different Types
3. Waves that Travel vs. Waves that Stand Still
4. Reflection and Bending of Waves.
8. Sound Waves
1. Production and Motion of Sound Waves
2. Reflection and Refraction of Sound Waves
3. Interference of Sound Waves
9. Atoms and their parts as Waves and Particles.

Physics 104

Physics 104: Topics

1. Geometrical Optics
1. Mirrors
1. Light rays
2. Ray diagrams
3. Objects and images
4. Converging Mirrors
5. Diverging Mirrors
2. Lenses
1. Objects and images
2. Converging lenses
3. Diverging lenses
4. Lens systems
2. Electricity
1. A building the concepts
1. Batteries, Bulbs and Capacitors
2. Modeling
3. Analogies
4. Relationships between variables
2. Applications
3. Motion
1. Displacement.
1. Physical location
2. Graphs of displacement vs. time
2. Velocity
1. Definition
2. Graphs of motion
3. Acceleration
1. Definition and concept
2. Graphs of acceleration
4. Kinematics Equations
4. General Skills
1. Proportional Reasoning
2. Proportions and Graphs
3. Trigonometry
4. Vectors
5. Physical Modeling
6. Mathematical Representations

Physics 105

Physics 105: Topics

1. Geometrical Optics
1. Light
1. Sources and the light ray.
2. Seeing (vs. Looking)
3. Reflection, transmission and absorption.
4. Objects
2. Light, Objects, and seeing
1. Multiple and Diffuse Sources, Directional Lighting,
2. Field of View
3. Field of View
4. Perspective
5. Parallax
6. binocular Vision and Depth Perception
3. Mirrors
1. Plane Mirrors
2. Law of reflection
3. Partial mirrors
4. Imaging with Plane Mirrors
5. Curved Mirrors
6. Imaging with Curved Mirrors
7. Specular Surfaces
4. Lenses
1. Refraction
2. Objects and images
3. Converging lenses
4. Diverging lenses
5. Color in Light
1. The spectrum and Wavelength
2. Thermal (Continuous) Sources
3. Atomic (Line) Sources
4. Other sources (LEDs, CFLs, etc)
5. Color Temperature Origins
6. Ultra Violet and Infra Red Light
1. Mixing Primaries
2. Visual Response
4. Hue, Saturation, Brightness
7. Subtractive Mixing
1. Absorption of Colors by Pigments
2. Subtractive Mixing
3. Visual Response – Cromaticity Diagram
4. Hue, Saturation, Brightness
5. Flourescence

Physics 109

Physics 109: Topics

• The Scientific Method and Problem Solving
• Introduction to Magnetism
• Magnetic Data Storage
• Introduction to Basic Electricity
• Simple Circuits
• Troubleshooting Circuits
• Integrated Circuits
• Digital Logic
• Analogue to Digital Conversion
• Group Project; Data Transmission and Interference
• Group Project; Test of Project

Physics 114

Physics 114 Topics:

• Translational kinematics in 1 and 2 dimensions
• Dynamics in 1 and 2 dimensions
• Equilibrium
• Uniform and accelerated circular motion
• Rotational kinematics and dynamics of extended objects
• Work and energy
• Linear and angular momentum
• Conservation laws
• Mechanical oscillations
• Fluid statics and dynamics
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Physics 115

Physics 115 Topics:

• Fluid statics and dynamics
• Heat and heat transfer
• Thermodynamics
• Kinetic theory
• Electrostatics
• Electric field and potential
• Electric current and resistance
• D.C. circuits
• Magnetic field
• Magnetostatics and magnetodynamics
• Electromagnetic induction
• A.C. circuits
• Electromagnetic waves
• Physics 116

Physics 116 Topics:

• Harmonic motion
• Travelling and standing waves
• Sound
• Interference
• Electromagnetic waves
• Ray and wave models of light
• Reflection and refraction
• Image formation by lenses and mirrors
• Optical instruments
• Optical interference phenomena
• Special relativity
• Wave-particle duality
• Bohr atomic model and atomic spectra
• Uncertainty Principle
• Quantum mechanical atomic models
• Nuclear structure and decay

• Physics 121

Physics 121 Topics:

• Measurement, Units, and Vectors
• Kinematics (motion) in one and two dimensions
• Circular Motion
• Newton’s Laws
• Applications of Newton’s Laws
• Free Body Diagrams
• Friction
• Work by Variable Force
• Kinetic Energy
• Gravitational Potential Energy
• Work-Energy Theorem
• Power
• Conservation of Linear Momentum
• Impulse
• Collisions
• Center of Mass
• Torque
• Rotational Inertia
• Angular Momentum
• Statics
• Rotational Inertia
• Kinematics Equations in Rotation
• Rotational Dynamics
• Gravity
• Physics 122

Physics 122 Topics:

• Electric Charges
• Coulomb’s Law
• Electric Field
• Superposition
• Lines of Force
• Gauss’ Law
• Electric Potential
• Equipotential Surfaces
• Capacitance
• Capacitors in Series and Parallel
• Dielectrics
• Energy Stored in Electric Field
• EMF, Resistivity
• Resistance
• Ohm’s Law
• Joule’s Law
• Resistors in Series and Parallel
• Kirchhoff’s Rules
• RC Circuits
• Magnetic Fields
• Lorenz Force Law
• Magnetic Forces on Current Carrying Wires
• Biot-Savart Law
• Ampere’s Law
• Lenz’s Law
• Inductance
• RL Circuits
• Energy in Magnetic Fields
• RLC Circuits
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Physics 123

Physics 123 Topics:

• Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
• Forced Oscillations and Resonance
• AC Circuits, Resistance, Reactance, and Impedance
• Phasors
• RLC Circuits
• The Wave Equation
• Standing Waves
• Maxwell’s Equations and EM Waves
• The Electromagnetic Spectrum
• Energy and Momentum of EM Waves
• Huygens wavelets
• Spherical Mirrors
• Ray Diagrams
• Refraction
• Internal Reflection
• Thin Lenses
• Object and Image Formation
• Ray Tracing
• Thick Lenses/Lens Systems
• Interference
• Multi-Slit Interference
• Thin Films
• Interferometer
• Single-Slit Diffraction
• Phasors
• Diffraction Gratings
• Circular Aperture
• Polarization
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Last Updated August 3, 2018