Course Abstract Details

PHYS-101, Fundamentals of Physics 1

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description
PHYS-101, Fundamentals of Physics 1, is a first-semester course in the basic principles of physics for students who do not intend to major in either engineering or the physical sciences. It is an introduction to the phenomena, concepts, and theories of classical and modern physics, including the following topics: Newtonian mechanics, kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, and heat energy. The course demands a mathematical knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Prerequisite: exemption/completion with a C grade or better in READ-A-F and MATH-128/123. Students will not receive credit for both PHYS-101 and PHYS-111. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data (including the application of the theory of measurement and error), and presentation of results in oral, written or visual formats. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, PG3, PG4)
2. Solve one- and two-dimensional motion problems (including projectile motion) using kinematic relationships involving an object’s position, velocity, and acceleration. (GE1, GE3, PG2)
3. Explain Newton’s Laws and apply them to the analysis of objects and systems in motion or in equilibrium while under the influence of forces, including gravitational forces and friction. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2)
4. Apply the concepts of work, energy, and momentum and the conservation laws for energy and momentum to the solution of motion and collision problems. (GE2, GE3, PG2)
5. Solve circular motion problems for both earth-bound and planetary objects. (GE3, PG2)
6. Solve rotational motion problems using torque, rotational inertia, kinetic energy, momentum and rotational conservation laws. (GE3, PG2)
7. Explain Pascal’s, Archimedes’s, and Bernoulli’s principles and be able to apply them in the solution of problems in fluid mechanics. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2)
8. Analyze and characterize oscillatory motion including simple harmonic motion of pendulums and springs. (GE3, PG2)
9. Describe types of waves and the manner in which they propagate including wave reflection, interference, resonance, and standing-wave phenomena. (GE1, GE3, PG2)
10. Explain sources of sound such as vibrating strings and air columns and be able to solve problems associated with sound waves and their propagation including application of the Doppler Effect. (GE1, GE3, PG2)
11. Explain the relationships among the concepts of temperature, heat, thermal energy, and Kinetic Theory and use these concepts to solve problems related to calorimetry. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2)
12. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and visual). (GE1, GE4; PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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