PHYS 1180 - College Physics 1
Credit Hours: 4.00
Prerequisites: MATH 1050 or 1050X with grade C or better; or higher level math course; or consent of faculty
(formerly PHYS 1160)
This class is 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
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Identify the historical laws, models, and theories.
- Describe the historical laws, models, and theories.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- 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.
Critical Thinking: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- What is Physics?
- Scientific Notation and SI Prefixes
- Standards of Length, Time, and Mass
- Dimensional Analysis, Scientific Figures and Conversion of Units
- 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
- 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
- Free-Body Diagrams
- Newton’s Third Law of Motion
- Equilibrium in Two Dimensions
- 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
- Fundamental Forces
- The Universal Law of Gravitation
- Relationship Between “g” and “G”
- Satellite Orbits
- Work and Energy
- Mechanical Work
- 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 - Non-Conservative Forces
- Impulse and Momentum
- Conservation of Momentum
- Rocket Propulsion
- Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
- Fluid Statics
- What is a Fluid?
- Calculation of Pressure in a Fluid
- Pressure in the Atmosphere
- Pressure in U-Tubes
- Pascal’s Principle
- Buoyant Forces and Archimedes’ Principle
- 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
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