PH-311: College Physics A (1C & 2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-311 College Physics A (1C & 2E)

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

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-441 or equivalent or permission of Department

Course Description in college catalog:

First part of a two-semester introduction to physics with applications to biology, primarily for students majoring in biology or planning careers in optometry, dentistry, and other medically related fields. Topics include conservation laws, vectors, laws of motion, linear and angular momentum, energy, gravitation, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Strong algebra skills and knowledge of the ideas of calculus are required.

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

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

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:

Use algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus 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 and utilize Newton’s law of gravity to describe, analyze and solve problems associated with Kepler’s laws of planetary motion.

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

Utilize Bernoulli’s Equation and understand how to solve problems in fluid mechanics.

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. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. 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:

Homework, Exams, Quizzes, Laboratory work, Lab reports.

Exams, Laboratory work and reports required for all sections.

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