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Physics I

Course NumberPHY 211
Lab Hours45
Lecture Hours75
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2, and MTH 161, with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0). High school physics recommended. Examines the basic physical principles involving mechanics, heat, and sound. Meets the needs of Science and Engineering majors. (75-45)

Outcomes and Objectives

Solve general physics problems with mathematics through calculus.
  1. Use algebra, trigonometry, and calculus skills to solve physics problems.
  2. Evaluate quantities and express them in different unit systems.

Demonstrate understanding of rigid body physics.
  1. Solve 1D and 2D kinematic problems/questions.
  2. Construct and interpret graphs related to physical problems.
  3. Solve problems/questions using multiple representations including force, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum and conservation laws.
  4. Solve rotational kinematics problems/questions.
  5. Solve rotational dynamics problems/questions.
  6. Solve static equilibrium problems/questions.
  7. Solve harmonic motion problems/questions.
  8. Solve problems/questions related to orbits and universal gravitation.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of Kepler’s Laws.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of Newton’s Laws.

Demonstrate understanding of principles of fluids.
  1. Explain the idea of pressure as it relates to fluids.
  2. Solve problems/questions related to Pascal’s Principle, Archimedes’ Principle, and Bernoulli’s equation.

Demonstrate understanding of thermodynamics principles.
  1. Solve problems/questions using the kinetic theory of gases and the ideal gas equation.
  2. Solve problems/questions related to methods of energy transfer.
  3. Use PV diagrams to solve thermodynamics problems/questions.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the four Laws of Thermodynamics.

Demonstrate understanding of the principles of waves.
  1. Explain the quantities associated with a wave.
  2. Explain the difference between transverse and longitudinal waves.
  3. Solve problems/questions related to wave propagation and interference.
  4. Solve problems/questions related to standing waves and harmonics.
  5. Solve problems/questions related to sound as it pertains to Doppler Effect and intensity.

Demonstrate laboratory skills.
  1. Perform measurements with appropriate devices.
  2. Use significant digits in calculations correctly.
  3. Analyze data from experiments to draw conclusions.
  4. Use technology associated with a science laboratory.
  5. Use appropriate safety protocols in the laboratory.
  6. Produce reports from experimental work.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method.

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