PHYS 1407 Syllabus - Elementary Physics II
Instructor of Record: John L. McClain, Ph.D.
Office Location: MBS 1153
Office Phone: 254.298.8406
Office Hours: posted on office door
Mailing Address: 2600 South First Street, Temple, Tx 76504

Course Description:
Conceptual-level physics sequence, with laboratories, that includes study of mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Recent developments and discoveries will be emphasized.
State Approval Code: 40.0801.51 03
Lab Hours per Week: 3
Lecture Hours per week: 3

Core Curriculum: State Criteria
Basic Intellectual Competencies: Those marked with a reflect the State-mandated competencies taught in this course.
Critical Thinking
Computer Literacy
Perspectives: Those marked with a reflect the State-mandated perspectives taught in this course.
Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.
Natural Sciences Exemplary Objectives: The objective of the study of a natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. Those marked with a reflect the State-mandated perspectives taught in this course.
1.To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences.
2.To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analysis, and interpretation both orally and in writing.
3.To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories.
4.To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values and public policies.
5.To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.

Course Objectives
Successful completion of this course will promote the general student learning outcomes listed below. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able:
1.To become acquainted with the basic fundamental physical laws and principles which govern and give meaning to our universe.
2.To develop an understanding of scientific methods and the evolution of scientific thought.
3.To explain physical phenomena in proper, clear, technical terms.
4.To correctly identify basic physical principles and specify the procedural knowledge to arrive at a solution for some desired unknown, when presented with problem situations.
5.To demonstrate mathematical skills necessary to carry an argument from the "givens" to the "to finds" alluded in (4) above.
6.To develop laboratory techniques of experimenting, measuring, data evaluation, presentation of results, and drawing inferences from these results.
Successful completion of this course will promote the specific student learning outcomes listed below. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able:
1.To be able to use both conceptual and numerical techniques to solve physics problems.
2.To understand and use the general ideas of electricity.
3.To understand and use the general ideas of magnitism.
4.To understand and use the general ideas of AC and DC circuits.
5.To understand and use the general ideas of electromagnetic radiation.
6.To understand and use the general ideas of properites of light.
7.To understand and use the general ideas of quantum theory.
8.To understand and use the general ideas of relativity.
9.To understand and use the general ideas of nuclear theory.
10.To understand and use various sensors and measuring devices in the laboratory.
11.To be able to express verbally and/or orally ideas observed and/or measured in the laboratory.

Course Content
This course convers the following topics:
 •  Understand fundamental properties of charge.
 • Demonstrate the concepts of charging by induction or conduction.
 • Differentiate between conductors and insulators.
 • Be able to construct electric fields.
 • Be able to construct equipotential surfaces.
 • Understand the role of lightning rods.
 • Understand the interaction of charges and conductors.
 •  Cite milestones in the history of magnitism.
 • Understand magnetism's roll in induction.
 • Cite examples for the various types and magnetism.
 • Be able to construct a magnetic field.
 • Demonstrate how particles interact with magnetic fields.
 • Cite how magnetism is related to superconductivity.
 •  Recognize the differences betweem series and parallel circuits.
 • Relate the quanties: current, resistance, capacitance, voltage, and power.
 • Explain the idea behind capacitors and inductors.
 • Identify current flow.
 • Understand parallel circuits as current dividing circuits.
 • Understand series circuis as voltage dividing circuits,
 • Be able to construct and take measures of simple curcuits.
 • Differentiate between AC and DC current.
 •  Recognize the differences between single slit and double slit patterns.
 • Cite how the various types of electromagnetic radiation are created.
 • Describe how electric and magnetic fields interact.
 • Demonstrate interference as a property of electromagnetic radiation.
 • Understand the relation between energy, frequency, and wavelength.
 • Recall descriptive names for the various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
 •  Demonstrate refraction as a property of light.
 • Demonstrate reflection as a property of light.
 • Demonstrate diffraction as a property of light.
 • Predict the result of various combinations of colors.
 • Predict the result of light absorption.
 • Relate the origin of mirages.
 • Define the index of refraction.
 • Understand what properties of light change when it enters a medium.
 • Understand the role of lenses and how they form images.
 • Demonstrate properties of polarized light.
 • State Huygen's principle.
 •  Understand the ideas behind electron scattering.
 • Relate the major ideas of quantum theory.
 • Identify quamtum numbers.
 • Be able to use the ideas behind the Bohr model of the atom.
 • Understand is main idea of the Uncertainty Principle.
 • Discuss the various types of spectra and how they are created.
 • Explain the photoelectric effect and list applications.
 • Explain the operation of an LED.
 • Explain the idea behind matter waves.
 • Provide a quantum explanation of light.
 • Provide the details of black-body radiation.
 •  Compare the aging of a twin who is undergoing motion with respect to his stay-at-home twin.
 • Properly use the terms and units associated with radiation.
 • Prodive evidence for time dialation.
 • Provide evidence for length contraction.
 • Relate evidence for the cosmic speed limit.
 • Explain how mass, momentum, and energy change with increasing speed.
 • Provide evidence for the warping of spacetime.
 • Relate
 •  Compare and contrast alpha, beta, and gamma rays.
 • Relate radioactive half-life to nuclear decay.
 • Understand the concept of critical mass and how it related to nuclear explosions.
 • Be able to write simple nuclear reactions.
 • Understand the concept of antimatter
 • Differentiate between fission and fusion.
 • Explain the concept of nuclear binding energy.
 • Identify types of particles.
 • Understand the role of quarks.
 • Differentiate between the strong and weak nuclear forces.
 • Understand the basic operation of nuclear power plants.
 •  Be able to use a computer to acquire data, display data, and to do data analysis.
 • Use a variety of sensors and measuring instruments to measure physical quantities.
 • Make measurements in kinematics, force, momentum-impulse, two-dimensional motion, work-energy, rotational motion, and others.
 • Write laboratory summaries and/or reports based on measurements, observations, calculations, and/or analysis.

Methods of Instruction and Course Format
The delivery of material for this course may be accomplished by but is not limited to the following methodologies:
 •  Collaboration
 • Current events
 • Demonstrations
 • Discussion
 • Field trips
 • Internet
 • Lecture
 • Outside and inside lab activities
 • Readings
 • Television
 • Tutorials
 • Video

Both in-class and out-of -class activities that may be used to evaluate student learning and abilities may unitize but are not limited to the following:
 •  Attendance
 • Book and article reviews reviews
 • Class preparedness and participation
 • Collaborative learning projects
 • Exams/tests/quizzes
 • Homework
 • Internet-based assignments
 • Journals
 • Library assignments
 • Readings
 • Research papers
 • Scientific observations
 • Student-teacher conferences
 • Written assignments

Course Grade
Final grades are determined from:
Labwork 20% to 25%
Homework/Quizzes 20% to 25%
Unit/Chapter Exams 40% to 50%
Other 0% to 15%
Final Exam 20% to 30%
Final letter grades are determined from overall averages according to the following scheme:
A if 90% ≤ final average
B if 80% ≤ final average < 90%
C if 70% ≤ final average < 80%
D if 60% ≤ final average < 70%
F if final average < 60%

Students should keep the following points in mind during the semester.
The contents of this syllabus may change to improve the class or clarify various policies. Such changes shall be announced in class.
Specific dates for assignments and assessments will be announced in class. It is the student's responsibility to obtain such information in the event of an absence.
The student may require access to a reliable high speed internet connection for completion of certain assignments.