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    Jun 15, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog
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PHYS 111 - Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers


Number of Credits: 4
Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers is the first semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course intended for physics, physical science, engineering and related science majors. The course will enable the student to solve problems for the major concepts in mechanics and particle dynamics including: measurement, vector concepts, kinematics, dynamics, statics, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotation dynamics, and fluids. The student will interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to collect, appraise, use, and interpret data in order to express mathematically or explain the physical phenomena observed. Credit will not be given for both PHYS 101  and PHYS-111. Advanced Placement Exam (Physics C-Mechanics) accepted. (Spring and Fall terms) Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Four Credits. Four billable hours.

GENERAL EDUCATION Category: Biological and Physical Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 135  with a minimum grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in MATH 136 .
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the scientific method and demonstrate experimental and collaborative skills by conducting investigations that require the formulation of hypotheses, collection and interpretation of data including the application of the theory of measurement and error, and presentation of results in various oral, written or visual formats. (PG1, PG2; GE2, GE3)
  2. Solve motion problems (including projectile motion) using kinematic relationships involving an object’s position, velocity, and acceleration and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (PG2; GE2)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Newton’s Laws by analyzing an object in motion or in equilibrium while under the influence of forces, including gravitational forces and friction. (PG2, GE2)
  4. Solve collision problems using the concepts of work, energy, momentum and conservation of energy. (PG2; GE2)
  5. Solve circular motion problems for both “earth-bound” objects and for celestial objects using Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (PG2; GE2)
  6. Solve rotational motion and dynamics problems and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (PG2; GE2)
  7. Solve fluid problems using Pascal’s, Archimedes’ and Bernoulli’s principles and explain the concepts with the appropriate scientific terminology. (PG2; GE2)
  8. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes (oral, written, and visual). (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4; GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6)



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