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# PH 202 - General Physics

5 Credit(s)

Algebra/trig-based General Physics sequence for science majors. Concepts include rotational motion, sound, wave phenomena and optics. Emphasizes conceptual understanding, mathematical representations, problem solving, applications and science skills. Lab included.

Prerequisite: PH 201  with grade of ‘C-’ or better.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Understand, distinguish and apply the concepts of angular velocity and angular acceleration.

2. Understand, construct and evaluate position, velocity, acceleration graphs.

3. Understand, construct and evaluate motion diagrams.

4. Understand, construct and evaluate kinematic equations for rotational motion.

5. Understand, relate and apply the concepts of tangential and centripetal acceleration.

6. Understand and Apply Newton’s 1st Law for rotations.

7. Construct and evaluate extended free body diagrams.

8. Determine torques associated with forces and pivot point for an unfamiliar situation.

9. Construct and evaluate 2nd Law and Rotational 2nd Law equations from an extended FBD for rotations about a fixed axis.

10. Construct and evaluate angular momentum bar graphs for unfamiliar situations.

11. (includes identifying systems, identifying impulses).

12. Construct and evaluate Conservation of Angular Momentum equations from momentum bar charts (or directly from a situation).

13. Understand the microscopic source of pressure.

14. Use force diagrams to determine pressure of fluids as a function of depth.

15. Understand and apply Archimedes’ Principle.

16. Understand energy bar charts as they apply to Bernoulli’s Principle.

17. Understand and apply Bernoulli’s Principle.

18. Understand and apply Poisseuille’s Equation.

19. Apply Newton’s Laws and Energy concepts to vibrational motion.

20. Relate trigonometric functions to oscillatory behavior.

21. Understand the properties of waves and how they relate to mechanical properties.

22. Understand and apply the Superposition Principle to beats and standing waves.

23. Apply standing waves to open and closed systems that display harmonics.

24. Relate trigonometric functions to wave behavior.

25. Understand and apply the ray model of light using ray diagrams.

26. Understand and apply the law of reflection.

27. Understand and identify images and their properties.

28. Understand and apply the law of refraction.

29. Understand and construct ray diagrams for curved mirrors and lenses.

30. Apply distance and magnification equations for curved mirrors and lenses in both single element and multiple element arrangements.

31. Translate between optics equations and ray diagrams.

32. Understand and apply Huygens’ Principle to situations involving wave fronts.

33. Apply the principle of superposition to interference effects.

34. Identify and calculate path length difference in phenomenon displaying interference such as two slit, single slit, multi-slit and thin films.

35. Choose coordinate systems and determine components of vectors.

36. Extract information from representations.

37. Construct new representations from given ones.

38. Translate from one representation to another.

39. Evaluate consistency of representations and modify appropriately.

40. Consider different systems, coordinate systems, reference frames and methods of analysis to arrive at a solution.

41. Evaluate units in an equation.

42. Perform dimensional analysis on an unfamiliar system.

43. Identify assumptions.

44. Evaluate special cases for solving and checking problems.

45. Use solutions to make predictions.

46. Check solutions based on units, reasonable fit to the question.

47. Use multiple representations to determine solutions.

48. Use proportional reasoning to solve problems.

LABS

49. Design and conduct an observational experiment.

50. Propose hypotheses for the observations.

51. Design and conduct a testing experiment.

52. Identify the hypotheses to be tested.

53. Design a reliable experiment that tests the hypothesis.

54. Distinguish between a hypothesis and a prediction.

55. Make a reasonable prediction based on a hypothesis.

56. Identify the assumptions made in making the prediction.

57. Determine specific ways in which assumptions might affect the prediction.

58. Decide whether the prediction and the outcome agree/disagree.

59. *Make a reasonable judgment about the hypothesis.

60. *Revise hypotheses when necessary.

61. Design and conduct an application experiment.

62. Identify the problem to be solved.

63. Design a reliable experiment that solves the problem.

64. Use available equipment to make measurements.

65. Make judgments about the results of the experiment.

66. Evaluate the results by means of an independent method.

67. Identify the shortcomings in an experimental design and suggest specific improvements.

68. Choose a productive mathematical procedure for solving the experimental problem.

69. Identify assumptions made in using the mathematical procedure.

70. Identify relevant assumptions.

71. Determine specific ways in which assumptions might affect the results.

72. Propose and evaluate potential experiments.

73. Evaluate assumptions in an experimental set up.

74. Identify and estimate measurement errors in an experiment.