PHY 203General Physics III

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PHY 203 General Physics III

Credit Hours:  5.0            Contact Hours:  7.0                          Lecture/Lab:  7.0              Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PHY 104

Co-requisites:  MTH 221                                                               Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course is a continuation of PHY 103 and PHY 104, which completes the introductory physics sequence for engineering majors.  The theory and applications of the following topics are covered: oscillations with an introduction to Maxwell’s Equations and its applications to microwaves, hydrodynamics, kinetic theory, physical and geometrical optics, introduction to atomic theory, the periodic table and elementary particles.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations;
  2. use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations;
  3. use accurate terminology and notation in written and/or oral form to describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon in the areas of waves, optics, relativity, modern physics, and nuclear physics; and
  4. perform laboratory experiments where natural world phenomena will be observed and measured.