PHYSICS 52B Fundamentals of Experimental Physics (2017-2018)

PHYSICS 52B Fundamentals of Experimental Physics

(Required for CpE and EE.)
Catalog Data:

PHYSICS 52B Fundamentals of Experimental Physics (Credit Units: 2) Circuits: oscilloscope, meters, DC and AC circuits. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 7D or PHYSICS 3B. Physics majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Physics 52B Laboratory Manual, ISBN 978-0-7380-4320-3, Hayden-McNeil Publishing

Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Ohm’s Law, power dissipation, Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Series and parallel resistor combinations
  • AC signals and the oscilloscope
  • Diodes
  • Time constants of RC and RL circuits
  • Driven RC and RL circuits
  • Impedance of driven AC circuits
  • Power and Q in resonant AC circuits
  • Faraday’s law, transformers, and ground loops
Class Schedule:

Meets for 1 hour of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:
Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward Mathematics and Basic Science.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Webwork: 10%
  • Lab Reports: 50%
  • Lab Final: 20%
  • Written Final: 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 2.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr