November 30, 2018
This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a three-semester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include optics and modern physics.
C-ID PHYS 205 (prerequisite)
2 semesters college-level calculus (co-requisite) (C-ID MATH 210 and 220 OR MATH 211 and 221 OR MATH 900s)
Completion of second semester calculus and concurrent enrollment in third semester calculus (if Physics 215 is taken before Physics 210).
- Geometric Optics
- Lenses, Mirrors and Optical Instruments
- Wave Optics / Physical Optics
- Special Relativity
- Photoelectric Effect
- Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
- Schrödinger’s Equation
- Bohr Model of Hydrogen
- Additional Optional Topics from Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
- Condensed Matter/Solid State
- Nuclear Physics
- Particle Physics
- “Floating Topics” which may be included in this semester
- Simple Harmonic Motion
- Mechanical Waves
- Laws of Thermodynamics
- Heat Engines
- Kinetic Theory of Gases
- Properties of Electromagnetic Waves
Laboratory activities should cover the range of topics designated for lecture. The majority of labs should be hands-on activities with “real-world” data collection as opposed to computer simulation, although simulations may be appropriate for some topics in modern physics.
Lecture Course Objectives*: At the conclusion of the lecture component of this course, the student should be able to:
- Analyze basic physical situations involving reflection and refraction, and use this analysis to predict the path of a light ray.
- Analyze situations involving interference and diffraction of light waves, and apply these to situations including double slits, diffraction gratings, and wide slits.
- Apply concepts from special relativity to analyze physical situations, including time dilation, length contraction, and the Lorentz transformation. Solve basic problems involving relativistic momentum and energy.
- Apply basic concepts of quantum mechanics to analyze basic physical setups, including a particle in a box and simple atomic models.
Laboratory Course Objectives*: At the conclusion of the laboratory component of this course, the student should be able to:
- Analyze real-world experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
- Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.
*Note that course objectives are not limited to the ones listed here.
Examinations which include problem solving exercises, final examinations, projects, homework problems, laboratory reports.
*Note that not all of the methods listed are required.
Giancoli, Douglas C. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Halliday, David; Resnick, Robert; Walker, Jearl. Fundamentals of Physics
Knight, Randall D. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach
Serway, Raymond A.; Jewett, John W. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Moebs, Willian; Ling,, Samuel J; Sanny, Jeff. University Physics, Volume 3
Typical Lab Manuals:
Edmonds, Jr., Dean S. Cioffari’s Experiments in College Physics
Laws, Priscilla. Workshop Physics Activity Guide, Module 3
Loyd, David. Physics Lab Manual
Sokoloff, David, Real Time Physics: Active Learning Laboratories, Module 4
Laboratory manual developed on site
This is the third semester of a three-semester physics course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering. PHYS 215 is composed of topics that together with PHYS 205 and PHYS 210 constitute all of the topics included in PHYS 200. Topics may be offered in varying sequences and combinations, including “floating topics”. The floating topics may be placed in different courses in the sequence, but all must be covered during the three-semester sequence. Since different colleges vary slightly in the order in which the topics are presented, it is strongly recommended that students take the entire sequence at the same institution.