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Physics Program - Learning Goals

Physics - Program Student Learning Goals



BA students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of

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  • Mechanics, including the use of Free Body Diagrams; Newton's Laws of Motion; Equilibrium of a Particle 2 and 3 Dimensions; mTorques/Moments in 2 and 3 Dimensions; Equilibrium of a Rigid Body; Structural Analysis of Trusses; Friction; Kinematics of a Particle in 2 and 3 Dimensions; Force and Acceleration Analysis of a Particle; Energy and Work Analysis of Particle; Momentum and Impulse Analysis of a Particle; Relativistic Mechanics; including The Theory of Special Relativity.

  • Electricity and Magnetism, including Electric Forces and Coulomb's Law; the Electric Field for point charges and for continuous charge distributions; Electric Flux and Gauss's Law; the Electric Potential; Electric Potential Energy and its connection to Work; Conductors and Insulators; Resistors and Resistance; Electric Currents; Kirchhoff's Laws; Direct Current Circuits, including R, RC and RLC Circuits; Magnetic Fields' The Lorentz Force Law; Ampere's Law; Reactance; Alternating Current Circuits, including R, RC, RLC Circuits.

  • Quantum Physics, including Black Body Radiation and Planck's Theory; the Photoelectric Effect; Matter Waves and De Broglie's Understanding; The Bohr Atom and Atomic Spectra; The Wave Function and Born's Interpretation; Expectation Values; The Time-Dependent and Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation; Solutions of Schrodinger's Equation in 1, 2 and 3 Dimensions;  and The Hydrogen Atom.

BS students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of

:
  • Mechanics, including the use of Free Body Diagrams; Newton's Laws of Motion; Equilibrium of A Particle in 2 and 3 Dimensions; Torques/Moments in 2 and 3 Dimensions; Equilibrium of a Rigid Body; Structural Analysis of Trusses; Projectile Motion in 2 Dimensions; Momentum and Angular Momentum; Energy and Work; Simple Harmonic Motion; Oscillations, including Damped Oscillations; the Calculus of Variations; the Lagrangian and Lagrange's Equation; the Hamiltonian and Hamilton's Equations; Relativity Mechanics, including The Theory of Special Relativity.

  •  Electricity and Magnetism, including Electic Forces and Coulomb's Law; the Electric Field for point charges and for continuous charge distributions; Electric Flux and Gauss's Law; The Electric Potential; Electrical Potential Energy and its connection to Work; Conductors and Insulators; Dielectrics, including Linear Dielectrics; Polarization of Charges; Magnetic Field' the Lorentz Force Law; Electric Currents; Kirchhoff's Laws; Direct Current Circuits; including R, RC, and RLC Circuits; Reactance; Alternating Current Circuits, including R, RC, and RLC Circuits; Ampere's Law; the Magnetic Vector Potential' Diamagnetism, Paramagnetism and Ferromagnetism; Electromagnetic Induction, including Faraday's Law; Maxwell's Equations of Electrodynamics.

  • Quantum Physics, including Black Body Radiation and Planck's Theory; the Phtotoelectric Effect; Matter Waves and De Broglie's Understanding; the Bohr Atom and Atomic Spectra; the Wave Function and Born's Interpretation; Expectations Values;  the Time-Dependent and Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation;Solutions of Schrodinger's Equation in 1,2, and 3 Dimensions; the One-Electron Atom; Angular Momentum; Quantum Statistics, including Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac Distributions; Applications of Quantum Physics to Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics and/or Elementary Particle Physics.

updated 2011-12

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