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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MATH140 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Literacy.

This course includes a laboratory component.
This course requires student access to a graphing scientific calculator.
Student mathematical preparation for this course must include performance level skills in arithmetic, scientific notation, algebra, plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. The student must also be able to efficiently carry out numerical calculations, graphical analysis, and numerical calculus on a graphing scientific calculator.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture and laboratory course provides a rigorous introduction to classical physics designed specifically for engineering and science majors. Topics include: SI units, vector mathematics, kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, gravitation, rigid body dynamics, angular momentum, elastic properties of solids, fluid dynamics, vibrational dynamics, and mechanical waves.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    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 [Scientific Literacy];
    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.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. SI Units
    2. vector mathematics
    3. kinematics
    4. dynamics
    5. work and energy
    6. momentum
    7. gravitation
    8. rigid body dynamics
    9. angular momentum
    10. elastic properties of solids
    11. fluid dynamics
    12. vibrational dynamics
    13. mechanical waves
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, homework, teamwork assessment, laboratory reports, and other tools as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/98; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015