PH-101: Principles of Physics (1C & 2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-101 Principles of Physics (1C & 2E)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 2 lab hours

Credits: 4

Course Description in college catalog:

This course presents fundamental principles and processes of the physical world through interactive classes and laboratory experimentation, using minimal mathematics. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of key physical principles and related application to everyday experiences. Topics include: motion, forces, momentum, energy, gravity, structure of matter, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism. This course, or its equivalent, is required for elementary education majors at colleges, such as Queens College and The City College of New York.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.S. Engineering Science

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

This course satisfies the laboratory science requirement for a degree.  

This course may be used to satisfy the Pathways 1C Core Requirement or the Pathways 2E Flexible Core Requirement.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Identify SI base and derived units and be able to convert from one set of units to another.

  2. Define and identify vectors and scalar quantities and be able to predict the resultant vector using vector diagrams.

  3. Define displacement, distance, speed, velocity, and constant acceleration and be able to solve related basic kinematics problems.

  4. State Newton’s laws of motion and use them to solve related problems.

  5. Utilize conservation of momentum to analyze and solve one dimension collision problems.

  6. Define/describe work, energy, power, and conservation of energy and use them to solve related problems.

  7. Define/describe angular speed, centripetal acceleration, centripetal force, rotational inertia, torque, angular momentum, and rotational energy and use them to solve related problems. 

  8. Describe the motion of a projectile in terms of the horizontal and vertical components of the motion.

  9. State the Universal law of gravitation and use it to solve related conceptual problems.

  10. Describe the structure of matter, heat and temperature and apply them to solve related problems.

  11. Define/describe, charge, electric force, electric potential energy, voltage, electric current, and Ohm’s Law and solve related problems.

  12. Describe the concepts of magnetic field and electromagnetic induction (Faraday’s Law) and apply these to solve conceptual problems.

  13. Describe concepts associated with electromagnetic waves, in particular visible light (reflection and refraction concepts).

  14. Perform experiments and draw meaningful conclusions from data and present them as part of a clear, well-organized lab report.

Program-specific outcomes


Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Available evaluation methods include: Classroom quizzes and tests, homework sets, portfolio assessment, classroom attendance and participation, laboratory performance and reports, and term papers.

Note: Students must pass the lab to pass the class.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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