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PHYS 203 - Waves, Thermodynamics and Modern Topics

5 Credits
The study of unifying principles pertaining to simple harmonic motion, wave propagation, physical and geometric optics, sound, heat transfer, and the conversion of heat to work. A calculus-based approach for students of science and engineering. Includes one credit of laboratory.

Pre-requisite(s) PHYS 202 min 2.0

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Mostly for students of science and engineering.
Active Date 20210403T10:09:42

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 44 Lab 22
Total Contact Hours 66
Degree Distributions:
  • Science
  • Science Lab

Course Outline

  • Oscillations
  • Waves
  • Optics
  • Thermodynamics and modern physics

Student Learning Outcomes
Apply the fundamentals of physics to quantitatively and qualitatively solve problems in simple harmonic motion, wave propagation, wave interference and diffraction, ray optics, wave and particle optics, laws of thermodynamics, and heat engines, with modern physics as an optional topic.

Interpret and translate a conceptual description of a physical context (with or without a visual representation) into its mathematical expression.

Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, problem solving methods and results, the reasoning and assumptions behind the choice of method/model, and implications of the results in the specific physical context.

Clearly and accurately communicate experiment data, procedures and results in proper scientific format, both written and graphical.

Accurately analyze and interpret data and measurements to draw valid conclusions.

Collaborate effectively in applying course specific content to problem-solving, designing experiments, data collection and data analysis.

Analyze and explain how physics concepts apply to everyday life and/or to the natural world, based on previous knowledge gained across the physics sequence and independent research.

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