PH-201: General Physics I (1C & 2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-201 General Physics I (1C & 2E)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour, 2 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-114 or MA-119 and MA-121 or the equivalent, or advanced Math Placement (see Proficiency in Math and English)

Course Description in college catalog:

A beginning course for technology students. Topics include units, vectors, equilibrium, linear motion, Newton’s laws, circular motion, angular motion, momentum, and fluid motion. Emphasis is on applications. A working knowledge of simple algebra is assumed.

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

A.A.S. Architectural Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Engineering Science

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  • Use algebra, geometry and trigonometry to describe physical situations and to solve physical problems in one and two dimensions.

  • Compute physical quantities using scientific notation and significant figures.

  • Describe and analyze physical situations using graphical representations.

  • Identify the physical properties of motion - displacement, position, velocity, acceleration and time; and use them to solve motion problems.

  • Identify, understand, and analyze the physical properties and behavior of bodies undergoing free fall and constant acceleration.

  • Use vectors to describe phenomena and solve force and motion problems in more than one dimension.

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

  • Set up and solve problems using the following concepts and their application. Weight, friction, circular motion, gravity.

  • Define energy, work, power and their SI units and use them to solve problems.

  • Utilize conservation of momentum to understand and solve collision problems in one and two dimensions.

  • Define the properties of rotational motion including torque, angular momentum and rotational energy and use them to solve rotation problems.

  • Understand the heat equation and laws of thermodynamics, and use them to solve problems.

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

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