PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MASTER SYLLABUS
PHYS 2120
Class Hours: 3 Credit Hours: 4
Laboratory Hours: 3 Revised: Fall 2016
For students majoring in engineering, mathematics, and physics. This is a calculusbased approach to topics in wave motion, optics, and modern physics. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory applications.
MATH 1920
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University Physics, Revised Edition, by Harris Benson (Wiley) may be used as reference. The course material as well as related laboratory manuals are available at PSCC Website.
Week 
Topics 
Laboratory 
1 
Chapter 15: Oscillations: Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM), The Linear Spring, MassSpring Systems, The Calculusbased Approach, Energy in SHM, Simple Pendulum, Velocity and Acceleration, The “g” Measurement , and Damped and Forced Oscillations 
Problems Session 
2 
Chapter 16: Mechanical Waves: Wave Characteristics, Types of Waves, Waves Speed, The Vibrating String, and Traveling Harmonic Waves 
Experiment 1: Hooke's Law and SHM 
3 
Chapter 16: Mechanical Waves, Continued.... Standing Harmonic Waves, Superposition, Resonance, The Wave Equation, and Energy Transport on a String 
Experiment 2: Standing Waves on a String 
4 
Chapter 17: Sound: Speed of Sound, Closed and Open Pipes, Resonance of Sound Waves in Pipes, The Doppler Effect, Interference in Time: Beats, Sound Intensity Level: Decibel, Velocity of Longitudinal Waves in a Fluid, and Fourier Series (optional) 
Experiment 3: AirColumn Resonance: The Speed of Sound 
5 
Chapter 35: Ray Optics: Reflection, Real and Virtual Images, Image in Flat Mirrors, Image in Spherical Mirrors, Important Rays in Mirrors, Image in Converging Mirrors, The Mirror Formula, Magnification, and Image in Diverging Mirrors 
Experiment 4: Reflection of Light: Flat Mirrors 
6 
Chapter 36: Refraction of Light: Refraction Index, Snell’s Law of Refraction, Apparent Depth, Total Internal Reflection, Lenses, Important Rays in Lenses Image in Converging Lenses (6 cases), Thin Lens Formula, Image in Diverging Lenses (1 case) , The Lens Makers Formula, The Lens Power, The Convergence theorem, Telescope, Human Eye, Farsightedness, Nearsightedness, and Astigmatism, and Light Dispersion 
Experiment 5: Reflection of Light Spherical Mirrors 
7 
Chapter 37: Wave Optics ( I ): Constructive and Destructive Interference, Coherence, Young’s DoubleSlit Experiment, Young's formula for Bright and Dark Fringes, Reflection of Waves at hard obstacles, ThinFilm Interference, Wavelength and Refraction Index, Air Wedge, Diffraction, Fresnel and Fraunhofer Diffraction, and Diffraction Grating 
Experiment 6: Refraction of Light: (Snell’s Law

8 
Chapter 38: Wave Optics ( II ): The Wavefront: Huygens Principle, Snell’s Law (The proof of), Diffraction, SingleSlit Diffraction (Fresnel and Fraunhofer), XRay Diffraction, Bragg’s Formula, Polarization By Reflection, Selective Absorption, and Scattering 
Experiment 7: Refraction of Light: Thin Lenses 
9 
Chapter 39: Special Relativity: Speed of Light, Relative Motion in One and Two Dimensions, The Galilean Transformation, Light Propagation in Free Space, The MichelsonMorley Experiment, The Contraction Hypothesis, The Lorentz Transformation, Einstein’s Postulates for Special Relativity, Clocks Synchronization, The Relativity of Simultaneity, Length Measurement, Time Dilation, Length Contraction, The Relativistic Doppler Effect, and The Twins Paradox 
Problems Session 
10 
Chapter 40: Early Quantum Theory: The Nature of Atom, The Emptiness of the Atom, The Calculation of the Radius of Hydrogen Atom (The Bohr Model), Emission and Absorption Spectra, Particles and Waves, The Photoelectric Effect, The Photoelectric Cell Formula, WaveParticle Duality: de Broglie Wavelength, The Compton Effect, and Line Spectra 
Experiment 8: Interference of Light Waves: (Diffraction Grating) 
11 
Chapter 41: Wave Mechanics: de Broglie Waves Electron Diffraction, Schroedinger’s Wave Equation, Wave Function, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and WaveParticle Duality 
Problems Session 
12 
Chapter42: Atoms and Solids: Quantum Numbers for Hydrogen Atoms, Electron Spin, Wave Functions for Hydrogen Atom, XRays and Moseley’s Law, Pauli’s Exclusion Principle and The Periodic Table 
Problems Session 
13 
Chapter 43: Nuclear Physics: The Structure of Nucleus, The Cause of Radioactivity Binding Energy, Nuclear Stability, Isotopes of an Element, Types of Radiation, Radioactive Decay, C14 Radioactive Dating Nuclear Energy, How Do Reactors Work ?, The Decay of a Radionuclide, Decay Rate, Halflife, Fission and Fusion 
Experiment 9: Rydberg’s Constant (The Hydrogen Atom) 
14 
Chapter 44: Elementary Particles: Antimatter, Exchange Forces, Classification of Particles, Symmetry And Conservation Laws, The Eightfold Way and Quarks 
Experiment 10: Nuclear Radiation: The Chart of Nuclides 
15 
Final Exam 

The course will
*Roman numerals after course objectives reference the TBR general education goals.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes*:
Students will
* Capital letters after Expected Student Learning Outcomes reference the course goals listed above.
This 75% is calculated as
Theory Grade = 0.80 (Chapter Tests + Quizzes) + 0.20 (Comprehensive Final)
There will 4 to 6 tests each of which include problems as well as multiplechoice questions. There will one quiz on Chapter 40 and one on Chapter 43.
Laboratory Grade = (the sum of reports grades) / (the number of the reports). 11 experiments are designed for the course. Each experiment requires a report that must be at least spellchecked. Procedures for a standard lab report will be given by your instructor.
To avoid a ZERO Laboratory Grade, at least 6 reports must be turned in. No late lab report(s) will be accepted and there are No Lab Makeups.
An instructor who finds an opportunity for site visits or field work may give a maximum of 10% to this evaluation measure by adjusting the percentage in Part A.
Pellissippi State expects students to attend all scheduled instructional activities. As a minimum, students in all courses (excluding distance learning courses) must be present for at least 75 percent of their scheduled class and laboratory meetings in order to receive credit for the course. Individual departments/programs/disciplines, with the approval of the vice president of Academic Affairs, may have requirements that are more stringent. In very specific circumstances, an appeal of the policy may be addressed to the head of the department in which the course was taken. If further action is warranted, the appeal may be addressed to the vice president of Academic Affairs.
Academic misconduct committed either directly or indirectly by an individual or group is subject to disciplinary action. Prohibited activities include but are not limited to the following practices:
• Cheating, including but not limited to unauthorized assistance from material, people, or devices when taking a test, quiz, or examination; writing papers or reports; solving problems; or completing academic assignments.
• Plagiarism, including but not limited to paraphrasing, summarizing, or directly quoting published or unpublished work of another person, including online or computerized services, without proper documentation of the original source.
• Purchasing or otherwise obtaining prewritten essays, research papers, or materials prepared by another person or agency that sells term papers or other academic materials to be presented as one’s own work.
• Taking an exam for another student.
• Providing others with information and/or answers regarding exams, quizzes, homework or other classroom assignments unless explicitly authorized by the instructor.
• Any of the above occurring within the Web or distance learning environment.
Please see the Pellissippi State Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 04:02:00 Academic/Classroom Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions for the complete policy.
Students that need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated should inform the instructor immediately, privately after class or in her or his office. Students must present a current accommodation plan from a staff member in Disability Services (DS) in order to receive accommodations in this course. Disability Services (http://www.pstcc.edu/sswd/) may be contacted via email or by visiting Alexander 130