2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog
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PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II (6 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly PHYS 122 - CCN

Prerequisite PHYS& 221  and MATH& 152  with a grade of at least 2.0 in each.

Course Description
The second quarter of a three-quarter sequence in calculus-based physics for science and engineering students dealing with the topics of properties of solids, fluid mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, waves, sound and light. Lab included.

Course Content
​Properties of solids: stress, strain, elasticity and thermal expansion
Fluid mechanics: Pascal, Archimedes and Bernoulli’s Principles
Laws of thermodynamics
Ideal Gas Law & Kinetic Theory of Gases
Calorimetry, heat transfer, phase changes
Wave motion
Sound waves
Geometric optics
Wave optics
Select modern physics topics

Laboratory skills such as:
a. Measurement and reporting of uncertainties
b. Data and error analysis
c. Graphical techniques and probability distributions
d. Use of computer programming tools
e. Production of technical reports

Student Outcomes
1. Qualitatively and quantitatively describe the natural world by applying the principles of physics related to waves, physics of matter, thermodynamics, and modern physics.

2. Effectively communicate symbolic relationships by correctly relating each physical quantity of waves, physics of matter, thermodynamics, and modern physics to the symbol that represents it and the unit specific to the quantity.

3. Demonstrate appropriate skills/strategies to solve physical problems related to waves, physics of matter, thermodynamics, and modern physics.

4. Interpret experiments using measurement tools and data analysis to draw meaningful conclusions about physical systems.

5. Demonstrate effective collaboration skills to solve problems, conduct laboratory experiments, and produce reports.

Degree Outcomes
Natural Sciences: Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.

Lecture Contact Hours 40
Lab Contact Hours 40
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 80

Potential Methods
Students will be assessed in the following:

Laboratory reports

In addition students may also be assessed in the following:

Other class assignments such as class participation, group discussions, etc.

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