- Course Number:
- PHY 101
- Course Title:
- Fundamentals of Physics I
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Course DescriptionIntroduction to Physics. Includes mechanics, vectors, energy, simple machines, satellite motion, and the theory of special relativity. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
After completion of this course, students will
1) Apply knowledge of mechanics and vectors to explain natural physical processes and related technological advances.
2) Use an understanding of elementary mathematics along with physical principles to effectively solve problems encountered in everyday life, further study in science, and in the professional world.
3) Design experiments and acquire data in order to explore physical principles, effectively communicate results, and critically evaluate related scientific studies.
4) Assess the contributions of physics to our evolving understanding of global change and sustainability while placing the development of physics in its historical and cultural context.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments,laboratory reports, research papers, small group problem solving
of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations, or maintenance of a personal lab manual.
The student will be evaluated on written tests covering both lecture and lab experiences, required lab reports, and on turned- in homework questions (verbal skills and reasoning in written format) and problems (quantitative in a few cases).
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The instructor will be required to cover the goals and objectives listed in this Course Content Guide. The Course Content Guides are developed by college-wide subject area faculty and approved by
1.0 ABOUT SCIENCE
The goal is to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the
general concepts of science and the foundations of physics.
1.1 To discuss the fundamental measurement (historically and
a. size of the earth
b. size of the moon
c. distance to the moon
d. distance to the sun
e. size of the sun
1.2 To briefly discuss the role of mathematics in science.
1.3 To describe the scientific method and its relationship to
1.4 To discuss various aspects of science in their
relationship to physics, including:
a. the scientific attitude
b. the relationship between science art and religion
c. the relationship between science and technology
d. the reasons physics is regarded as the basis of
1.5 State units of length, time, area, volume, mass and
density in the metric system and in the English system.
1.6 Measure and calculate the above quantities using the
appropriate measuring devices.
1.7 State the precision of measurement.
1.8 Define: area, volume, density, radius, diameter,
The develop an understanding of motion in a straight line, and
motion along curved paths such as a projectile or vehicle.
Objectives: Lecture 2.1 to 2.4, lab
2.1 To discuss the concept of relative motion
2.2 To discuss the vector nature of motion - including the
difference between straight line and curved motion (2 or 3
2.3 To discuss the example of two dimensional motion -
2.4 To discuss circular motion as a special case of curved
2.5 To experimentally investigate the concepts of distance
and displacement, speed and velocity, and acceleration.
2.6 To experimentally show that in uniformly accelerated
motion, distance depends upon the square of time.
2.7 To experimentally investigate the relationship between a
falling body and one sliding/rolling down an incline.
The goal is to gain an awareness of how the principles of physics
apply to mechanics.
3.1 Define: work, energy, momentum.
3.2 State units of the above quantities in both the metric
and English systems.
3.3 Describe and differentiate between: kinetic energy and
3.4 Give practical examples of conservation of energy (energy
3.5 Define: power, friction.
3.6 Give examples and compare: sliding, static, and rolling
4.0 SIMPLE MACHINES
The goal is to develop an understanding of simple machines and how
4.1 Define and illustrate the following types of simple
machines: lever, screw-thread, inclined plane, pulleys, wheel
4.2 Describe gears and gear ratios.
4.3 Give practical examples of the simple machines, and
calculate the theoretical mechanical advantage (TMA) and the
actual mechanical advantage (AMA) for each.
4.4 Compare the efficiency of different simple machines, and
the effects of friction on them.
5.0 ANGULAR FORCES
The goal is to develop an understanding of angular forces.
5.1 Define: torque, centrifugal force, centripetal force.
5.2 Units (metric and English): angular distance, motion,
velocity, acceleration, force, and momentum.
5.3 Describe "conservation of angular momentum" and give
5.4 Give practical examples of angular forces (lab activity).
5.5 Describe power transmission devices (lab activity).
The goal is to develop an understanding of vectors.
6.1 Diagram and describe vectors and resolution of forces.
6.2 Use the appropriate units in solving vector problems.
6.3 Define center of gravity, moment, moment arm.
EACH WEEK, LABS WILL BE PRESENTED THAT CORRESPOND TO THE MATERIAL
COVERED IN THE LECTURE SESSIONS.