Physics 5C detailed description

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
4 23 Circuits
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

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