PHYS106 Physics A

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Physics

I. Course Number and Title
PHYS106 Physics A
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
4500 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MATH120 (C or better) or Math Placement Test score of 8 or better
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides a non-calculus study of the fundamental laws and properties of matter, mechanics, heat, and sound. This course places emphasis on the mathematical solution of problems based on an understanding of the underlying physical phenomena.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. apply fundamental principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, and laboratory measurements to solve accessible science and engineering technology problems as relates to physics mechanics;
      2. employ the techniques and skills necessary for the sciences and for the applied engineering technology practice;
      3. identify, formulate, and solve science and engineering technology problems in the area of physics mechanics
      4. analyze experimental data and evaluate the results of observations, including an assessment of experimental uncertainties; and
      5. operate as part of a team; and
      6. write scientific laboratory reports.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. measurement and the nature of the scientific process
    2. kinematics in one and two dimensions
    3. forces and Newton’s laws of motion
    4. work and the conservation of energy principle
    5. impulse and the conservation of momentum principle
    6. elastic properties of solids and simple harmonic motion
    7. static and dynamic properties of fluids
    8. temperature, heat, and the transfer of thermal energy
    9. properties of waves and the behavior of sound
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The evaluative tools may include any or all of the following as specified by the individual instructor’s course format: objective examinations, research reports, collaborative laboratory activities, laboratory reports, online activities and discussion, quizzes, projects, and papers.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; Revised 4/2012