COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Patricia Tsai STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000376003
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 05/08/2008
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE:
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  PHYS 004C   General Physics with Calculus
4. COURSE: COA New Course   TOP NO. 1902.00
5. UNITS: 5.000   HRS/WK LEC: 4.00 Total: 70.00
  HRS/WK LAB: 3.00 Total: 52.50

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Physics 4C is the third semester of a three-semester sequence that provides a comprehensive survey of the major topics of physics for students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Light, interference, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Letter Grade Only
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
    AA/AS area 1, CSU areas B1, B3, B4, IGETC area 5
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? Yes
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of geometric and wave optics, special relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei by solving computational problems, performing laboratory experiments, and passing examinations.
  2. Work as a team member in discussing examples and applications of physics in these areas, and in performing laboratory experiments.
  3. Solve physics problems of moderate difficulty in these areas using the methods of calculus.
  4. Experiment with and measure physical phenomena in the areas studied.
  5. Write clear and concise laboratory reports analyzing and discussing the results of physics experiments conducted in the laboratory.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

LECTURE CONTENT:         List Percents

1. Light          25%
 Mirrors and Lenses
 Interference
 Diffraction and Polarization

2. Special Relativity         25%
Thermal Radiation
 Quantum States
 Wave Functions

3. Atoms          25%
 Molecules
 Solids
 Nuclei

4. Fission and Fusion         25%
 Nuclear Radiation
 Elementary Particles
 Astrophysics

11B. LAB CONTENT:

Each lab session is a three hour exercise in planning and carrying out a measurement of a physical system and includes data collection, data reduction, statistical analysis, and assessment of reliability of results.  Students work together in groups in taking data and calculating results, and then write individual lab reports.  The lab exercises comprise approximately 15-20% of the course grade and include the following titles:

Ray Tracing
Lenses
Speed of Light
Photoelectric Effect
Spectroscope Calibration
Spectroscopy
Diodes
Nuclear Physics
Field Trip(s)

12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Discussion
  2. Lecture
  3. Other (Specify)

  4. Other Methods:
    Lecture presentation of physics concepts Discussion of mathematical representations of physical quantities Examples of setting up and solving physical situational problems Students solve problems in class, and discuss related concepts Classroom demonstrations of physical principles Laboratory exercises
13. ASSIGNMENTS: hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
Conceptual questions Problem solving Lab reports


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
COMPUTATION SKILLS
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
SKILL DEMONSTRATION
MULTIPLE CHOICE
OTHER (Describe):
(Laboratory experiments and reports)
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Halliday, Resnick, Walker. 2008. Fundamentals of Physics 8. Wiley
  • Tsai. 2007. “Lab Manual” for Physics 4C -
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
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1a. Prerequisites/Corequisites/Recommended Preparation:
    PREREQUISITE:
  • PHYS 004B: General Physics with Calculus
  • PREREQUISITE:
  • MATH 003C: Calculus III