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PHY 223 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Waves
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F
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Description: Final course in the three-semester, calculus-based, University Physics sequence, covering thermodynamics, kinetic theory, physical and wave optics, matter waves, relativity, photons and atomic physics.

Prerequisites: PHY122, MAT231

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: Students should be proficient in all mathematical skills through Calculus 2, and both University Physics 1 and 2.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Evaluation Level) Use the Energy and Momentum Principles to evaluate physical systems on microscopic and macroscopic levels as they pertain to the structure of matter and the accompanying interactions.
2. (Application Level) Use the methods of calculus, and Principles of Momentum and Energy, in order to develop and apply the microscopic and macroscopic forms of the Ideal Gas Law to thermal work processes.
3. (Analysis Level) Use the principles of geometric and wave optics to describe and analyze optical phenomena pertaining to devices such as telescopes and microscopes.
4. (Comprehension Level) Explain the wave-particle duality of light and how the experimental evidence justifies this principle.
5. (Comprehension Level) Use the principles of wave analysis, and the methods of differential calculus, to describe light and electromagnetic wave phenomena.
6. (Analysis Level) Use differential equations to analyze the motion of coupled, forced, damped, and driven oscillators.
7. (Analysis Level) Discuss the quantization of internal energy in terms of quantum mechanical oscillators and how this stands in comparison to energy levels found in classical harmonic oscillators.
8. (Comprehension Level) Describe the relationship between matter waves and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
9. (Synthesis Level) Use the principles, methods and techniques of Relativistic Kinematics and Dynamics to describe how the Special Theory of Relativity impacts the classical notions of Force, Momentum and Energy.
10. (Analysis Level) Outline the use of Schrodinges Equation as it pertains to quantum tunneling.
11. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the various methods of radioactive decay and the energy required for nuclear transformations such as fission and fusion.
12. (Application Level) Use a computational model in a graphics simulation environment (Visual Python) for characterizing one or more of the three fundamental principles of Mechanics: Momentum, Angular Momentum and Energy, as it pertains to one or more particular physical experiments that have been completed in lab.
13. (Evaluation Level) Use the methods of observation and scientific inquiry to demonstrate knowledge of concepts and principles by implementing and interpreting the outcome of laboratory experiments.
14. (Application Level) Demonstrate proficiency with laboratory equipment and procedures.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
None