# Student Learning Outcomes for Physics

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# PHYS 1401 (Updated Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
• Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
• Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
• Apply Newton’s laws to physical problems including gravity.
• Solve problems using principles of energy.
• Use principles of impulse and linear momentum to solve problems.
• Solve problems in rotational kinematics and dynamics, including the determination of the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
• Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
• Demonstrate an understanding of equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
• Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to quantitative problems or qualitative questions.
• Describe the components of a wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel level.
• Solve problems using the principles of heat and thermodynamics.
• Solve basic fluid mechanics problems.

# PHYS 1402 (Updated Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
• Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.
• Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
• Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles, and electrical forces, fields, and currents.
• Apply Kirchhoff's Rules to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, inductance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
• Solve problems in the electrostatic interaction of point charges through the application of Coulomb's Law.
• Solve problems involving the effects of magnetic fields on moving charges or currents, and the relationship of magnetic fields to the currents which produce them.
• Use Faraday's and Lenz’s laws to determine electromotive forces and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction.
• Articulate and solve problems applying the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.
• Solve practical problems involving optics, lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments.
• Describe the characteristics of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

# PHYS 1405

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.
• Demonstrate knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion, and conceptually apply those laws to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of physical conservation laws, and conceptually apply those laws to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of wave motion, oscillations, and sound and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of thermal physics and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of matter, e.g., atomic structure, elasticity, and fluids.
• Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.

# PHYS 1407

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.
• Demonstrate knowledge of electrostatics (e.g., electric charges, forces, fields, and energy) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of electrical circuits and apply that knowledge to simple electrical circuits.
• Demonstrate knowledge of electromagnetism (e.g., electric currents, magnetic fields, and magnetic forces) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
• Demonstrate knowledge of optics (geometric and physical) and conceptually apply that knowledge to optical systems.
• Demonstrate knowledge of principles of modern physics, such as relativity, quantum mechanics, basic atomic and nuclear structure, and cosmology.
• Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.

# PHYS 1410 (Updated 09/08/2015)

• Demonstrate the ability to translate common language descriptions into multiple physical representations (e. g. diagrams, mathematical equations, physical models) and vice versa.
• Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion, and quantitatively solve problems through the application of those laws to simple physical systems
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of physical conservation laws, and quantitatively solve problems through the application of those laws to simple physical systems (charge, energy & momentum)
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of circular motion, and solve uniform circular motion problems.
• Demonstrate understanding of elastic forces and define properties of matter (charge, density, tension, and compression)
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of the properties of fluids (e.g., pressure, buoyancy, and Bernoulli’s Principle) to solve quantitative problems regarding simple physical systems
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of wave motion and oscillations and related properties to solve quantitative problems regarding simple physical systems. (Doppler shift, standing waves, harmonics, reflection, refraction, transmission & reflection coefficients)
• Demonstrate a basic qualitative understanding of properties of light and optics (e.g., electromagnetic spectrum, converging & diverging lenses, diffraction, & thin film interference)
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between temperature and heat.
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of the properties of electrical circuits to solve quantitative problems involving simple electrical circuits.
• Demonstrate a basic qualitative understanding of the properties of electromagnetism (e.g., electric & magnetic forces, and electric currents in magnetic fields)

# PHYS 2425 (Updated Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
• Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
• Relate physical observations and measurements involving classical mechanics to theoretical principles.
• Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
• Design fundamental experiments involving principles of classical mechanics.
• Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
• Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
• Solve problems involving forces and work.
• Apply Newton's laws to physical problems.
• Identify the different types of energy.
• Solve problems using principles of conservation of energy.
• Define the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
• Use principles of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
• Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
• Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
• Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
• Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
• Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.

# PHYS 2426 (Updated Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
• Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
• Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism.
• Relate physical observations and measurements involving electricity and magnetism to theoretical principles.
• Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
• Design fundamental experiments involving principles of electricity and magnetism.
• Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism. (Agreed this means identify valid sources for accepted values)
• Articulate the fundamental concepts of electricity and electromagnetism, including electrostatic potential energy, electrostatic potential, potential difference, magnetic field, induction, and Maxwell's Laws.
• State the general nature of electrical forces and electrical charges, and their relationship to electrical current.
• Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of electrical charges, electrical forces, and electrical fields.
• Apply Kirchhoff's Laws to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
• Calculate the force on a charged particle between the plates of a parallel-plate capacitor.
• Apply Ohm’s law to the solution of problems.
• Describe the effects of static charge on nearby materials in terms of Coulomb's Law.
• Use Faraday's and Lenz's laws to find the electromotive forces.
• Describe the components of a wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel level.
• Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference and superposition of waves.
• Solve real-world problems involving optics, lenses, and mirrors.

Last updated: September 8, 2015