Lecture Topics Links Homework Lab
1/18 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY -- NO LECTURE Static Electricity
1/20 Static Electricity and Charge: Conservation of Charge
Conductors and Insulators
Coulomb's Law
Coulomb Force #1 Charge #1
Charge #2
Coulomb Force #1
Coulomb Force #2
Electric Field: Concept of a Field Revisited
Electric Field Lines: Multiple Charges
Applications of Electrostatics
Electric Field #1
Electric Field #2
E Field Visualization
Electric Equation Chart
Electric Field #1
Electric Field #2
Electric Field #3
Electric Field #4
Coulomb's Law
Electric Potential Energy: Potential Difference
Electric Potential in a Uniform Electric Field
Electrical Potential Due to a Point Charge
Electric PE #1
Electric PE #2
Helicopter Power Line Repair
Electric PE #1
Electric Field #5
Electric Potential #1
Electric Potential #2
Ohm's Law: Resistance and Simple Circuits
Resistance and Resistivity
Electromotive Force: Terminal Voltage
Resistance Model
Resistance #1
Current #1
Ohm's Law #1
Resistance #1
Internal Resistance #1
Voltage and Current
Capacitors and Dielectrics
Capacitor vs. Melon
Slow-Motion Lightning
Capacitors #1
Resistors in Series and Parallel
Capacitors in Series and Parallel
Resistors #1
Electric Quantity Chart
Capacitors #2
Capacitors #3
Resistors #1
Resistors #2
Series and Parallel
2/10 Kirchoff's Rules
Electric Power and Energy
Energy Stored in Capacitors
Burning Resistors
Electric Vehicles
Capacitors #1
DC Circuit Equation Chart
Kirchoff's Laws #1
Kirchoff's Laws #2
Capacitors #4
Electric Power #2
DC Circuits Containing Resistors and Capacitors
Electric Hazards and the Human Body
Capacitor Animation
RC Circuits #1
RC Circuits #1
RC Circuits #2
RC Circuits #3
Electric Hazards #1
Lab Journal "Checkup" #1
2/22 Review for Exam #1 Exam #1 Equation Sheet Review Problems:
Electric Potential #5
Capacitors #5
Resistors #3
RC Circuits #5
RC Circuits
Ferromagnets and Electromagnets
Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Field Lines
Magnetic Fields Produced by Currents: Ampere's Law
Magnet Applications
Earth Magnetic Field
Magnetic Field #1
Magnetic Field #1
Magnetic Field #2
Magnetic Field #3
Magnetic Field Strength: Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field
Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field: Examples and Applications
Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Conductor
Torque on a Current Loop: Motors and Meters
How Speakers Work
Magnetic Resonance
Magnetic Force #1
Magnetic Force #1
Magnetic Force #2
Magnetic Force #3
Magnetic Torque #1
Induced Emf and Magnetic Flux
Faraday's Law of Induction: Lenz's Law
Motional Emf
Eddy Currents and Magnetic Damping
Levitation by Induction
Flourescent Flicker
Rail Gun
Electromagnetic Induction #1
Electromagnetic Induction #1
Electromagnetic Induction #2
Electromagnetic Induction #3
Electromagnetic Induction #4
Electromagnetic Induction
Electric Generators
Alternating Current versus Direct Current
Generators #1
Regenerative Braking
AC vs. DC
Generators #1
Generators #2
Transformers #1
Transformers #2
Reactance, Inductive and Capacitive
RLC Series AC Circuits
RLC Resonance
RLC Circuits #1
AC Circuit Equation Chart
Inductance #1
Reactance #1
Reactance #2
RLC Circuits #1
AC Resonance
3/16 Maxwell's Equations: Electromagnetic Waves Predicted and Observed
Production of Electromagnetic Waves
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Energy in Electromagnetic Waves
EM Waves
Inductor Radio
Electromagnetic Waves #1
Electromagnetic Waves #1
Electromagnetic Waves #2
Electromagnetic Waves #3
Electromagnetic Waves #4
The Law of Reflection
The Law of Refraction
Total Internal Reflection
Dispersion: The Rainbow and Prisms
Disappearing Coin
Refraction #1
Reflection #1
Refraction #1
Refraction #2
Dispersion #1
Ray Tracing
Image Formation by Lenses
Image Formation by Mirrors
Lens Demo
Lenses #1
Mirror/Lens Chart
Lenses #1
Lenses #2
Mirrors #1
Mirrors #2
Physics of the Eye
Vision Correction
Eye Info
Eye #1
Telescope Mirrors
Eye #1
Eye #2
Eye #3
Microscope #1
Lenses and Mirrors
Young's Double Slit Experiment
Multiple Slit Diffraction
Interference #1
Interference #1
Interference #2
Interference #3
Interference #4
Lab Journal "Checkup" #2
Review for Exam #2 Exam #2 Equation Sheet Review Problems:
Electromagnetic Induction #5
Refraction #3
Lenses #3
RLC Circuits #3
4/13 EXAM #2A EXAM #2B
Simultaneity And Time Dilation
Length Contraction
Relativistic Energy
Length Contraction #1
Relativity Animations
Relativity in GPS
Time Dilation #1
Time Dilation #2
Relativistic Energy #1
Relativistic Energy #2
Special Relativity
Nuclear Radioactivity
Half-Life and Activity
Half Life #1
Decay Animation
Carbon Dating
Decay #1
Half Life #1
Half Life #2
Half Life #3
Binding Energy
Fusion Tokamak
Laser Fusion
Binding Energy #1
Fission #1
Fusion #1
Fusion #2
The Photoelectric Effect
Photon Energies and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
The Wave Nature of Matter
Photoelectric Effect #1
Electron Microscope
Photoelectric Effect #1
Photons #1
De Broglie Wavelength #1
De Broglie Wavelength #2
Discovery of the Parts of the Atom: Electrons and Nuclei
Bohr's Theory of the Hydrogen Atom
The Wave Nature of Matter Causes Quantization
Applications of Atomic Excitations and De-Excitations
Bohr Model #1
Laser Basics
Bohr Model #1
Bohr Model #2
Bohr Model #3
Lasers #1
Photoelectric Effect
Review for Final Exam Final Exam Equation Sheet Review Problems:
Mirrors #3
Relativistic Energy #3
Photoelectric Effect #2
Bohr Model #4
Final Lab Journals:
Due 5/11 11:59 PM
5/11 FINAL EXAM -- 11:00 AM
Doug Folsom


PS 115
Phone ext. 4305

Office Hours
MW 2:10-3:00
MW 11:00-11:30
TR after your lab (PS 117)

Course Outline
Physics 105/106 is a two-semester overview of the field of physics. It is important to meet with a counselor or academic advisor to discuss the degree and transfer requirements for your major. The website assist.org also has information about degree requirements for different majors at different schools.

The textbook for the course is available online and FREE. It can be accessed in web page or PDF format, or purchased as a bound book for a fee. Click the link to access the textbook:
OpenStax College Physics Textbook
Note that the textbook does not include the use of calculus. In Physics 110, several calculus-based examples will be added to lectures, homework, and exams.

Scores will be recorded on the class Moodle page (which can be accessed through Pipeline) as they become available throughout the semester. Students will be able to check their scores. Course grades will be based on:

Lab Participation -- 10%
Lab Journal -- 10%
2 In-Class Quizzes -- 8% each
2 In-Class Exams -- 17% each
Final Exam -- 30%

A rough estimate for the grading scale:
95-100% A+
91-95% A
88-91% A-
85-88% B+
82-85% B
78-82% B-
72-78% C+
65-72% C

These cutoffs will be slightly adjusted at the end of the semester depending on how the class performs as a whole on quizzes and exams.

Approximately 4 homework problems will be assigned with each lecture, due at the next class meeting. Your homework will not be collected. We will spend the first few minutes of each class period reviewing the homework problems.

There will be 2 in-class quizzes, 2 in-class exams and a cumulative final exam.

All exams and quizzes will be offered during class time ONLY. If a student misses an exam (NO MATTER what the excuse for the absence), that exam will be ignored and the other exams and quizzes will count for a higher percentage of the grade.

Missing the final exam will result in an F for the course. Any student who must miss the final exam must complete an "Incomplete Contract" BEFORE the exam and take the final exam during the following semester.

Lab Procedure and Participation
The "lab manual" for this course is made of Google documents (see links in the "Schedule" section of the class website). These documents contain instructions for lab equipment, and outline the goals of the labs.

When students arrive at the lab, the instructor will create a "shared" document for each lab team. This document will act as a "lab notebook" for the group. Students should insert data, observations, graphs, etc. into this document.

Being included on the shared document is the only way to get participation credit for a lab. It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to check that this has happened before leaving the lab, otherwise no credit will be given. If you arrive to lab late, be sure to let the instructor know you are present.

Students who arrive on time and complete lab activities will receive full credit for participation.

Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late will receive 50% credit for participation.

Students who arrive more than 60 minutes late will receive no credit for participation.

Lab Journal
Each individual student will keep a lab journal with a one-paragraph summary ("abstract") for each experiment.

The lab journal will be stored as a Google document, accessible by both the student and the instructor. Each student's lab journal grade will be updated by the instructor every few weeks.

Some guidelines for lab journal summaries:

Due to the large numbers of students and labs, make-up labs can not be offered. Each student is allowed one "free" lab absence without affecting the lab particpation score.

Tutors (hired by the Physics Department) are available in PS 112. Physics tutor hours for the semester are posted on the bulletin board in the lecture classroom.

STEM Transfer Program
The STEM Transfer Program (STP) is a grant-funded program which provides counseling, tutoring, and professional guidance to STEM majors. The program is open to everyone, but especially targets under-represented and low-income students.

STP's services can drastically improve a student's chance of success. Learn more and sign up at www.sbcc.edu/STEM

Extra Problems
There are several "extra" problems (i.e. not on the homework) at the end of each section of the online textbook. These can be very useful as practice problems when studying for exams.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an online free tutorial service with short instructional videos on many topics, including physics:
Khan Academy Physics

SBCC students with verified disabilities who are requesting academic accommodations should use the following procedure: (Please note that this procedure also applies to student requests to bring personal service attendants and/or service animals into class.)

Step 1: Obtain documentation of your disability from a licensed professional. You may use the �Disability Verification Form� found at www.sbcc.edu/dsps.

Step 2: Make an appointment to meet with a DSPS Specialist to review your documentation and discuss reasonable accommodations. To schedule a meeting, please call DSPS at (805) 730-4164.

Step 3: Bring your disability documentation to your DSPS appointment. The DSPS office is located in room 160 of the Student Services building.

Step 4: Each semester, reach written accommodation agreement with the DSPS Specialist and your instructor. Please complete this process in a timely manner to allow adequate time to provide accommodation.