Physics and Astronomy
 

Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics

Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics
Waves, thermal physics, optics, special relativity, and introduction to modern physics. Weekly lab.
PHSCS
123
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhscs 121 or equivalent. Calculus.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 123
Course Outcomes: 

Fluid States

Solve problems and answer conceptual questions using the basics of fluid statics and dynamics, including Bernoulli's principle and Pascal's law.

Temperature, Pressure, Entropy, and Volume for Ideal Gases

Answer conceptual questions and calculate changes in temperature, pressure, entropy and volume for quasistatic ideal gas processes and be able to determine work done and efficiency for gas engines, heat pumps, and refrigerators. Determine heat flow and temperatures in systems in steady state.

Physics of Waves

Solve problems and answer conceptual questions involving waves, using concepts such as wave speed, wavelength, frequency, superposition, beats, and resonance. Solve wave interference problems.

Imaging with Optics and Optical Systems

Find the location and magnification of images in single- and multiple-lens/mirror systems by calculation and by ray tracing, and be able to work general problems in optics using Snell's law and specular reflection.

Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and Nuclear Physics

(Section 1) Solve problems and answer conceptual questions in basic modern physics including special relativity, and quantum mechanics and nuclear physics.

Waves, Fourier Anaylsis, Musical Acoustic,Special Relativity

(Section 2) Solve more advanced problems and answer conceptual questions in wave analysis, including calculating group and phases velocities, solving for Fourier coefficients of periodic functions, and frequencies of notes in the equal temperament musical scale. Solve problems in special relativity.