Physics 5C "Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics," 5 units.
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 5A. Electrostatics in vacuum and in water. Electricity, circuits, magnetism, quantum, atomic and nuclear physics, radioactivity, with applications to biological and biochemical systems. P/NP or letter grading.
The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from University Physics for the Life Sciences, Update Edition by Knight.
|Week||Chapter(s)||Topics covered||Optional sections|
|1||20||Electric fields and forces|
|2||21||Electric potential||21.4 Calculating the electric potential|
|3||22||Current and resistance|
|5||24||Magnetic field and forces|
|6||25||Electromagnetic Induction and Electromagnetic waves|
|7||26||Alternating current||26.3 Household electricity, 26.4 Biological effects and safety, 26.5 Capacitor circuits, 26.6 Inductors and inductor circuits|
|8||28||Quantum physics||(Skip chapter 27 on Relativity), 28.7 The uncertainty principles, 28.8 Applications and implications of quantum theory|
|9||29||Atoms and molecules||29.5 The quantum-mechanical hydrogen atom, 29.6 Multielectron atoms, 29.9 Stimulated emission and lasers|
|10||30||Nuclear physics and radioactivity||30.7 The ultimate building block of matter|