Course Abstract Details

PHYS-111, Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description
PHYS-111, Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers, is the first semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course intended for physics, physical science, engineering and related science majors. The course will enable the student to solve problems for the major concepts in mechanics and particle dynamics including: measurement, vector concepts, kinematics, dynamics, statics, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotation dynamics, and fluids. The student will interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to collect, appraise, use, and interpret data in order to express mathematically or explain the physical phenomena observed. Credit will not be given for both PHYS-101 and PHYS-111. Prerequisite: completion of MATH-135 with a minimum "C" grade and concurrent enrollment in MATH-136. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Explain the scientific method and 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. (GE2, GE3; PG1, PG3, PG4,)
2. Resolve motion problems (including projectile motion) using kinematic relationships involving an object's position, velocity, and acceleration and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (GE3; PG2,)
3. Demonstrate an understanding of Newton's Laws by analyzing an object in motion or in equilibrium while under the influence of forces, including gravitational forces and friction. (GE3; PG2,)
4. Understand the concepts of work, energy, momentum and conservation of energy and be able to apply these concepts to the resolution of motion and collision problems. (GE3; PG2,)
5. Resolve circular motion problems for both 'earth-bound' objects and for celestial objects using Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (GE3; PG2)
6. Resolve rotational motion and dynamics problems and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (GE3; PG2)
7. Resolve fluid problems using Pascal's, Archimedes' and Bernoulli's principles and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (GE3; PG2)
8. 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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