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General Physics I

Course NumberPHY 111
Lab Hours45
Lecture Hours60
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 8 or MATH LEVEL 6 with either trigonometry or previous physics course. Examines the basic physical principles involving mechanics, heat, and sound. (60-45)

Outcomes and Objectives

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

Demonstrate understanding of the physics of rigid bodies.
  1. Solve 1D and 2D kinematic problems/questions.
  2. Construct and interpret graphs related to motion.
  3. Solve problems/questions using multiple representations including force, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum and conservation laws.
  4. Solve rotational kinematic problems/questions.
  5. Solve static equilibrium problems/questions.
  6. Solve harmonic motion problems/questions.

Demonstrate understanding of principles of fluids or thermodynamics.
  1. Explain the idea of pressure as it relates to fluids.
  2. Solve problems/questions using the kinetic theory of gases and the ideal gas equation.
  3. Solve problems/questions using heat.
  4. Explain the ideas related to methods of energy transfer.

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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