PH 203 : General Physics III

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General Physics III



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Studies periodic behavior and topics from modern physics. Builds on concepts from previous terms and considers the physics of periodic motion, mechanical waves, wave interference, standing waves, acoustic waves, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, diffractions and topics from special relativity to quantum mechanics. Lab includes basic optical experiences along with a long-term project to affirm student abilities to integrate investigative lab concepts from previous terms. Meets the basic requirements for many pre-health and life science programs. Should be taken in sequence.

Learning outcomes

See outcomes for PH 201.
Physics Topics:
Simple Harmonic Behavior of physical and non physical systems
Harmonic waves - water, acoustic, seismic, and electromagnetic
Superposition of Waves - Standing Waves for linear structures and chambers
Superposition of Waves - Interference (two sources)
Geometric Optics
reflection and refraction
basic ray tracing techniques for determining image location
Optical Wave effects
polarization and color thin film interference
single slit diffraction
Fundamentals of relativity - postulate, length contraction, time dilation
Topics from 20th century (quantum, cosmology, solid state, astrophysics)*
* skills and expectations which are currently in development for curricular inclusion. May be only partially implemented at this time.

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