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Course Name: General Physics with Calculus
Course Number: PHYS 6B
Course Objectives:
  • Solve written qualitative and quantitative problems (at the calculus level) involving electricity, magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics.
  • Interpret patterns in experimental results and draw conclusions from data regarding principle of physics.
  • Use digital multimeters correctly to determine the current through and voltage across various elements of an electric circuit.
  • Explain how emission spectra are produced, and why different elements produce different emission spectra.
  • Calculate the electric fields and electric potentials at points in space and explain the physical meaning of these calculated results.q
  • Determine fractions of initially radioactive samples remaining after some period of time.
  • Calculate time and distance measurements made in one frame of reference given the time and distance measurements made in a different inertial frame of reference.
  • Experimentally determine focal lengths of convex and concave lens.
  • Understand the limitations of classical physics and begin to develop an awareness of the importance of modern physics (i.e. quantum theory and special relativity) in the natural world.
  • Analyze real-world experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
  • Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.
  • Physics 6B students will be able to apply Snell's law of refraction to find the index of refraction.
  • Physics 6B students will be able to use electronic equipment to determine the resistance of an unknown resistor.