2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog
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PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics III (6 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly PHYS 123 -CCN

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

Course Description
The third quarter of a three-quarter sequence in calculus-based physics for science and engineering students dealing with the topics of electric fields, Gauss’s Law, electric potential, capacitance, current, resistance, direct current circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, and alternating current circuits. Lab included.

Course Content
Electric forces, electric fields, and Gauss's Law
Electric potential, electric potential energy, and voltage
Capacitance, dielectrics, and energy storage
Current and resistance
Power and cost of electricity
Direct-current circuits and Kirchhoff's Rules
Magnetic forces and fields
Electromagnetic induction
Electric motors, generators, and transformers
Alternating-current circuits

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 electricity and magnetism.

2. Effectively communicate symbolic relationships by correctly relating each physical quantity of electricity and magnetism to the symbol that represents it and the unit specific to the quantity.

3. Demonstrate appropriate skills/strategies to solve physical problems related to electricity and magnetism.

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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