Course Description

Introduction to general physics for programs requiring a one-year, non-calculus based physics course. Includes mechanics and heat. IN is the integrated version of the course with the lecture and lab taught simultaneously.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

Use the meter-kilogram-second-ampere (MKSA) metric system of measurement in lab and in problem solving. Use specific mathematics skills (powers of 10, trigonometric functions, vectors, simultaneous equations,) to solve physics problems. Identify and solve problems involving constant velocity and constant acceleration. Apply kinematic equations to solve falling body problems. Apply principles of algebra and kinematics to solve projectile problems. Apply Newton's three laws of motion and principles of kinematics to solve force (dynamics) problems. Apply concepts of work and energy to solve problems in mechanics. Apply concepts of momentum and impulse (including conservation) to solve collision and separation problems. Apply concepts of rotational kinematics and dynamics to problems involving rotational motion. Apply concepts of temperature and heat as energy to solve problems concerning the transfer of heat and effects of heat on systems. Apply 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to systems to solve problems involving work, heat, and thermodynamic cycles. Apply microscopic and macroscopic versions of gas laws to solve problems describing the behavior of gases. Apply principles of fluid mechanics to solve problems related to fluids with special emphasis on Archimedes' principle. Apply principles of elasticity (Hooke's Law) and equations to solve problems involving simple harmonic motion. Apply general wave equations to solve problems involving general wave behavior. Apply the inverse square law and decibel equations to problems involving sound intensity.