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PHYSICS FOR ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS III (5) CSU Lab: 3 hours/Lab: 6 hours Corequisite: PHYSICS 102; Corequisite: MATH 267

Students learn the topics of:

1. Mechanical waves, 2. Electromagnetic waves3. Light and optics, 4. Relativity5. Introductory Quantum Mechanics6. Atomic Physics 7. Nuclear Physics

Topics in molecular physics and condensed matter as well as particle physics may also be included. 

The laboratory includes both quantitative and qualitative experiments which enable students to verify, illustrate, and deduce some of the Laws of Physics that apply to the topics covered. 

Student Learning Outcome(s): 

1. The student will analyze and solve given problem(s) related to a variety of physical systems and situations such as mechanical waves, geometric optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic physics. 

2. The student will conduct experiments involving the principles of Physics, analyze data, and report results. 

Scope: This is the third semester calculus based Physics for Engineers and Scientists. It is focused on the study of Light Optics, the Theory of Special relativity and Modern Physics, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics Atomic and Nuclear Physics. 

Objectives. To acquire an understanding of Mechanical waves, Electromagnetic waves, Maxwell’s equations, the principles of optics. To understand the Special Theory of Relativity, time contraction and dilation as well as E=mc2.  To understand the principles of Quantum Mechanics applied to the atom and the nucleus. To understand radioactivity and its applications.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student will have theoretical and experimental knowledge of the properties of mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum and atomic spectra. The student will accomplish detailed knowledge of Maxwell’s equations of Electromagnetism. The student will accomplish a detailed knowledge of the principles of optics, microscopes and telescopes and the basic concepts of the Theory of Relativity. The student will have operational theoretical and experimental knowledge of  Quantum Physics, atomic spectra and the properties of atoms as well as properties and behavior of atomic nuclei and phenomena such as radioactivity and its applications. 

Dr. Moreno’s office is located at LATTC K- 405 (C4-405) 

Telephone: 213-763-7322

E-mail: MorenoMA@lattc.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM and Fridays 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM room



1. Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Raymond A. Serway and

 John W. Jewett 10th edition 

2. Lab Manual. Available at the LATTC Bookstore, during the second week of classes. 


Understanding Nanotechnology, by Dr. M. A. Moreno, available at the LATTC Bookstore – Please ask at the counter. 

A scientific calculator

Motivation and Leaning Strategies for College Success, A self-management approach by Myron H. Dembo, University of Southern California Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: ISBN 0-8058-3214-9 

Grading Policy 

Homework assignments ………………..25%

 Lab Reports……………………………..25%


A Mid-Term exam…………………………15%    

A Final Exam…………………………. 25%   

Total number of points for the course 100

A   90 to 100 points 

B   75 to 89   

C   60 to 74 

D  40 to 59 

F   Less than 40 points 

Homework assignments

A one-page summary of each chapter answering the questions: What are the central concepts and ideas in this chapter? 

Answer the questions and problems 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 19 and 21 or as assigned in class 

in the problem sections at the end of each chapter.  

Important: Additional rules: 

Please note: 

If you miss three classes or more, you cannot get an A in the class. You will only get a B at a maximum. 

If you get a C in the final exam you cannot get an A in the course. You will only get a B at a maximum. 

Course content

Selected chapters from the textbook 15, 16 and 17 

33 to 46

Please note: You are expected to submit all of your work in a spiral bound folder, as you walk in to take the final exam. 

Field trip:  We also plan to take a tour of USC. 

                  We plan to take the class to the solar cell manufacturing plant at Camarillo 

                  for a tour of the facilities 

                  Possible visit to the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant 

                  We plan a field trip visit to NASA facilities at JPL 

The basic formula for my teaching-learning philosophy in all of my classes is: 

APLA. A positive learning attitude at all times 24/7

Problem solving approach to all of your work

Perseverance. Keep trying until you succeed.  

Quality, Quality in all the work you do

APLA + Problem Solving + Perseverance + Quality = Success 

And apply the SMART method to all of your projects: 

S: Specific

M Work with a method 

A Specify action items and the specific goals to achieve 

R be result oriented

T Specify a timetable and timely work and activities for the project 

I encourage you to apply yourself and do your best

Mars exploration with robots 

Applying Physics to the robotic exploration of the Solar System

Lab Experiments as Described in the Lab Manual 

Rules and regulations: All students are expected to follow all the College rules of student conduct including all the rules and regulations regarding exams. 

Attendance policy:

Students are expected to attend every class meeting, to arrive on time and stay throughout the class period.  Students may be dropped from class for excessive absences or tardiness, for failure to attend class the first day or during the entire first week of the class, or if the total number of absences exceeds twice the number of hours the class meets per week

Academic integrity policy:

Violations of academic integrity of any type by a student provide grounds for disciplinary action by the instructor or college.  Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following actions:  cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.  For more information on the Standards of Student Conduct refer to the college catalog available in hardcopy and online at www.lattc.edu

First assignment 

Write a one – page essay on Professional Ethics 

Title: What is meant by professional Ethics? 

Disability Support Services (DSS):

Students with disabilities who need any assistance or accommodations should contact the instructor and the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) center located in MA – 100 or call (213)763-3773

Laboratory Report Format 

Please note: Every week we do an experiment and the following week you are expected to turn in a lab report with the following format and content 

1. Cover page with the Title of the experiment 

3. Table of contents

4. Purpose

5. Equipment

6. Procedure

7. Data- Measurements-Data Tables 

8. Formulas and calculations

9. Data analysis and graphs. 

10. A comparison of theory with experiment. Calculation of percentage error

%= [(Measured value-Theoretical or Accepted Value)/ (Theoretical or accepted value)]x100   

11. Analysis of different cases

12. Conclusions 

Every week we do an experiment and the following week you are expected to turn in a typed report with a cover page and a table of contents for my review and signature. 

Lab Experiments 

Table of Contents

Lab Number 



Goals and Learning outcomes 

Introduction to the lab 



Lab Report Format

Lab Procedures 

Lab Safety. Electrical, Lasers, Microwaves, etc.  

A sample Lab Report


Standing waves 



Speed of Sound 

Applications – Uses of Ultrasound 


Magnetic Fields 

Magnetic Flux 

Electromagnetic Induction – Faraday’s Law

Electric Generators  


Electric Motors 

Building an electric motor 


Electromagnetic waves 

The Electromagnetic Spectrum 

Maxwell’s Equations 


Microwaves: Properties. Reflection, absorption, interference, polarization and determination of wavelength


A. Ray Tracing and Optical Bench I: Mirrors and lenses. Law of Reflection, focal length, basic properties of mirrors and lenses 

The Mirror Equation and the Lens Maker’s Equation and the Lens Equation . 

B. Optical Bench II: Snell’s law of Refraction, properties of lenses, Lens Maker’s Equation, Lens Equation, image formation and magnification 


Index of Refraction 

Critical Angle 

Fiber Optics. The Beer-Lambert Law  


Optical Instruments 

Telescopes. Making your own telescope. 

Types and properties of Telescopes 


Types of microscopes 

Portable microscopes Connected to a laptop 


Lasers I. Measuring the wavelength of a laser 


Laser applications: Laser communications 


Spectroscopy I. Atomic Spectra of Hydrogen 

Spectroscopy II. Atomic spectra of helium and other elements  


Radioactivity: Geiger counters. Measuring Radioactivity 

Isotope identification 

Carbon 14 Dating 

Cloud Chamber Experiment 




Nanotechnology and solar thin films 

Solar panels 

Get a copy of Dr. Moreno’s Small book titled: Introduction to Nanotechnology 


Special Assignments 

1. Electrical Safety

2. MRI

3. PET Scan. Gamma Camera  

4. Ultrasound 




Final Instructions