PHYS 1180  College Physics 1 Credit Hours: 4.00 Prerequisites: MATH 1000 with grade C or better; or higher level math course, or math placement score, or consent of faculty
(formerly PHYS 1160)
The first of a two‑semester sequence of algebra‑based courses designed to present the fundamental principles of physics including mechanics and fluids. The student will also perform integrated experiments dealing with the physics of mechanics and fluids.
Billable Contact Hours: 6
Search for Sections OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the scientific process as related to the physics of solids and fluids.Objectives:  Identify the laws, models, or theories that are applicable.
 Describe the physical laws, models, and theories.
 Analyze and apply the physical laws, models and theories.
 Assess (or Evaluate) the testability of a hypothesis.
 Develop appropriate physical hypotheses.
 Analyze and interpret the success or failure of physical hypotheses.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able gain a familiarization with the scientist’s usage of specialized, scientific vocabulary relating to the physics of solids and fluids. Objectives:  Define terminology.
 Recall terminology.
 Employ terminology.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explore preconceptions concerning physical interactions and develop conceptual changes to reflect basic physics concepts relating to the physics of solids and fluids. Objectives:  Differentiate between intuitive expectations and established scientific principles through classroom discussion and laboratory exercises.
 Through lab experiments students will compare experimental results with preconceived notions.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to gain experience in constructing both qualitative representations and then mathematical representations of physical situations relating to the physics of solids and fluids. Objectives:  Employ coordinate systems to analyze dynamic and static situations.
 Apply dimensional and unit analysis to give meaning to, and to communicate measurements.
 Construct free body diagrams to demonstrate an understanding of various physical situations.
 Draw/sketch vectors to demonstrate an understanding of various physical situations.
 Students will utilize various mathematical methods (i.e. vector, algebra, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations, etc.) to solve mathematical equations as related to various physical situations.
 Derive mathematical equations to describe, and explain, dynamic and static situations.
 Assess the reasonableness of final mathematical solutions.
 Organize ideas to communicate understanding of mathematical and conceptual physics.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to gain experience in taking accurate data, organizing and analyzing this data dealing with experiments relating to the physics of solids and fluids. Objectives:  Collect data through experimentation and observation.
 Utilize various measuring instruments to collect data.
 Analyze and interpret data to arrive at a conclusion.
 Reproduce results that are commonly accepted.
 Based upon current theoretical models make predictions about experimental outcomes.
 Compare experimental conclusions to theoretical predictions.
 Organize results and conclusions to communicate understanding of mathematical and conceptual physics.
Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to gain a historical perspective of the development of science and scientific laws relating to the physics of solids and fluids. Objectives:  Identify the historical laws, models, and theories.
 Describe the historical laws, models, and theories.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO) • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience. • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue. • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives. • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task. • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments. • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course: Communication: YES Critical Thinking: YES Quantitative Reasoning: YES Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE Lecture Introduction
 What is Physics?
 Scientific Notation and SI Prefixes
 Standards of Length, Time, and Mass
 Dimensional Analysis, Scientific Figures and Conversion of Units
 Kinematics
 Statements  Types of Physical Phenomenon
 Describing Motion
 Distance and Displacement
 Vectors & Scalars and Graphical Vector Addition
 Average Speed and Velocity
 Graphical Analysis of Speed  Slope
 Instantaneous Speed and Velocity
 Average Acceleration
 Instantaneous Acceleration
 Graphical Analysis of Acceleration  Slope
 Graphical Analysis  Area Under a Curve
 Equations for One Dimensional Constant Acceleration Motion
 Motion in Free Fall
 Motion in Two Dimensions
 Components of a Vector
 Velocity and Acceleration in Two Dimensions
 Projectile Motion
 Relative Velocity
 Dynamics
 Forces
 Newton’s First Law of Motion
 Combining Forces  Graphical Addition
 Combining Forces  Vector Components
 Force and Motion
 Inertia, Mass
 Newton’s Second Law of Motion
 Weight
 FreeBody Diagrams
 Newton’s Third Law of Motion
 Equilibrium in Two Dimensions
 Friction
 Frames of Reference
 Inertial Frames of Reference
 Accelerated Frames of Reference
 The Earth as a Frame of Reference
 Newtonian Relativity
 Uniform Circular Motion
 Centripetal Force
 Centripetal Acceleration
 Rotating Frames of Reference
 Uniform Circular Motion
 Gravitation
 Fundamental Forces
 The Universal Law of Gravitation
 Relationship Between “g” and “G”
 Satellite Orbits
 Work and Energy
 Mechanical Work
 Power
 Work and Energy
 Work Energy Principle
 Conservation of Energy
 Kinetic Energy
 Potential Energy
 Gravitational Potential Energy Near the Earth
 Potential Energy of a Spring
 Work Done by Friction  NonConservative Forces
 Impulse and Momentum
 Momentum
 Conservation of Momentum
 Impulse
 Rocket Propulsion
 Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
 Fluid Statics
 What is a Fluid?
 Density
 Pressure
 Calculation of Pressure in a Fluid
 Pressure in the Atmosphere
 Pressure in UTubes
 Pascal’s Principle
 Buoyant Forces and Archimedes’ Principle
 Floating
Lab  The Metric System
 Length, Volume, Mass and Density
 Graphing Laboratory Data Scientific Investigation
 Position and Velocity (Two to Three Labs)
 Kinematics I
 Kinematics II
 Kinematics on an Inclined Plane Acceleration due to Gravity
 Projectile Motion Demo. Lab
 The Force Table (Three to Four Labs)
 Dynamics I
 Dynamics II
 Newton’s Second Law and Atwood’s Machine The Force of Friction
 Uniform Circular Motion (Two to Three Labs)
 Conservation of Mechanical Energy Pendulum Motion
 Conservation of Momentum
 Buoyancy and Specific Gravity
 Pressure and the Buoyant Force
Primary Faculty Fey, Francette Secondary Faculty Associate Dean Young, Randall Dean Pritchett, Marie
Official Course Syllabus  Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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