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Applied Physics

Course NumberPHY 101
Lab Hours30
Lecture Hours60
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 5. Introduces the basic physical principles involving mechanics, fluids, heat, conservation of energy, electricity, and sound. (60-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical aspects of science.
  1. Solve problems using mathematics including algebraic and graphical analysis.
    1. Understand and answer ratio reasoning problems both qualitatively and quantitatively
    2. Understand the nature of linear, quadratic, and the inverse square relationships
  2. Use and understand scientific notation and significant digits.
  3. Use and understand the metric system and perform unit conversions.
  4. Understand the difference between a vector quantity and a scalar quantity and identify them

Describe aspects of Newtonian mechanics
  1. Use and understand the meanings of the kinematics quantities: position, distance traveled, displacement, average speed, instantaneous speed, average velocity, instantaneous velocity, and acceleration
  2. Use the algebraic relationships between the physical quantities to solve mathematical problems of kinematics in one-dimension.
  3. Use a ruler and protractor to determine quantities associated with two-dimensional motion.
  4. State Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
  5. Use and apply Newton’s Laws to force problems in one-dimension.
  6. Analyze dynamics problems through creation of free body diagrams.
  7. Understand the difference between mass and weight.
    1. Apply Newton’s Law of Gravitation to find the force that a celestial object exerts on another.
  8. Use the concepts and understand the mathematical relationships between the quantities of energy, work, and power
    1. Understand the nature of energy conservation.
    2. Understand the different kinds of energy (kinetic, potential, thermal)
  9. Understand the application of simple machines and how to calculate mechanical advantage and efficiency.

Understand and apply aspects of electricity
  1. Understand the qualitative aspects of the charge processes conduction, induction, and polarization.
  2. Understand the nature of electric charge.
    1. There are two kinds of charge
    2. Its conservation
    3. Its quantization
  3. Understand the mathematical relationship describing the force between two point charges (Coulomb’s Law).
  4. Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for basic circuits.
    1. Understand the terms of voltage, current, power, and resistance.
    2. Be able to construct simple series or parallel resistor circuits.
    3. Be able to use a voltmeter to measure the voltage of elements in a circuit.
    4. Understand the differences of series and parallel resistors.
    5. Understand the differences of connecting batteries in series or parallel.

Describe and use physics as it relates to wave phenomena
  1. Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for mechanical waves such as frequency, period, wavelength, wave speed.
  2. Understand the difference between longitudinal and transverse waves.
  3. Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationship for the Doppler Effect as it relates to sound.
  4. Analyze standing wave modes of strings, open tubes, and tubes closed at one end.
  5. Understand the fundamental concepts relating to transmission and reflection of waves.
    1. Understand the phase relationship of a wave upon transmission or reflection.
    2. Understand that wave speed and wavelength change upon transmission to a different medium while frequency is unchanged.
  6. Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationship for intensity.
  7. Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for electromagnetic waves.
  8. Apply knowledge of EM waves as it relates to the EM spectrum.

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