PHYS121 Physics I

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Physics

I. Course Number and Title
PHYS121 Physics I
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
MATH140 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of calculus based physics for engineering and science majors. Topics include vector mathematics, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, gravity, and harmonic motion.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. analyze calculus-based physics problems;
      2. apply fundamental principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, and laboratory measurements to solve accessible science and engineering problems;
      3. employ the skill of intelligent mathematical modeling in order to analyze and make reasoned judgments with respect to science and engineering problems;
      4. collect experimental data and evaluate the results of observations, including an assessment of experimental uncertainties;
      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. vector analysis
    2. Newtonian particle kinematics
    3. Newtonian particle dynamics
    4. work, energy, and power concepts for conservative and dissipative forces
    5. impulse, linear momentum, and momentum conversion
    6. rotational dynamics
    7. angular momentum conservation
    8. equilibrium with concurrent and non-concurrent forces
    9. harmonic oscillator in dispersive and non-dispersive mediums
  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 - 11/98; Revised 5/2012