PH-421: General Calculus Physics A (1C & 2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-421 General Calculus Physics A (1C & 2E)

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

Credits: 5

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-440

Co-requisites (if any): MA-441

Course Description in college catalog:

This course integrates calculus concepts and covers fundamental principles of physics in areas of mechanics and heat, including kinematics, classical laws of motion, equilibrium, conservation laws, impulse and momentum, work, mechanical energy, rotational motion, fluids, simple harmonic motion, heat and thermodynamics.

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

A.S. Engineering Science

A.S. Science for Forensics (Dual/Joint Degree Program with John Jay College)

This course may be used to satisfy the Pathways 1C Required Core 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. Use calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry to describe physical situations and to solve physical problems in one and two dimensions.

  2. Compute physical quantities using scientific notation and significant figures.

  3. Describe and analyze physical situations using graphical representations.

  4. Identify the physical properties of motion - displacement, position, velocity, acceleration, time, heat and entropy; and use them to solve motion problems in one and two dimensions.

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

  6. State Newton’s laws of motion and use them to analyze and solve conceptual and quantitative problems involving inertia, mass, weight, friction, and circular motion.

  7. Define energy, work, power and their SI units and use them to solve problems, including conservation of energy.

  8. Utilize Impulse-momentum relations and conservation of momentum to understand and solve collision problems in one and two dimensions.

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

  10. Understand and utilize Newton’s law of gravity to describe, analyze and solve problems associated with Kepler’s laws of planetary motion

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

  12. Set up and solve problems using the following concepts and their application.  Heat capacity, latent heat, thermal expansion, heat transfer.

  13. Use the kinetic theory of gases to analyze gas properties such as pressure, temperature, RMS speed, kinetic energy, and mean free path.

  14. Set up and solve problems involving the first and second laws of thermodynamics and apply them to heat engines and refrigerators (both ideal and real world).

Program-specific outcomes

  1. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

  2. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes.

  3. An ability to function effectively in teams.

  4. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.

  5. An ability to communicate effectively

  6. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

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:

Classroom quizzes and tests, homework sets, portfolio assessment, classroom attendance and participation, laboratory performance and reports, and term papers for WI sections.

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).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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