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PHY121 - College Physics 1
Catalog Description: An algebra/trigonometry based introduction to physics for career or transfer students with majors somewhat, but not closely, related to physics. Topics include one and two dimensional motion, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, rotation, statics, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, and special relativity. Three class hours, three lab hours. Fall only. Prerequisite: MAT 121 or MAT 136 or higher or by placement.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Apply basic principles of mechanics conceptually, using proper terminology. (This includes Newton's laws, energy and momentum applied to translational and rotational statics and dynamics. Also fluid mechanics and an introduction to special relativity.)
2. Apply basic principles of thermodynamics conceptually, using proper terminology. (This includes the ideal gas law, heat and the first and second laws.)
3. Translate questions about physical topics into mathematical expressions.
4. Solve the equations they have set up. (This includes fluent use of algebra, trigonometry, and vector arithmetic. Also appropriate use of units and graphs.)
5. Reason creatively, developing solutions to multi-step problems which are not identical to others they have seen before.
6. Use laboratory equipment, given written instructions, to demonstrate and verify theoretical principles in actual physical systems.
7. Analyze the results of laboratory experiments, including their probable error, to draw conclusions on whether they are in agreement with generally accepted values or principles.
8. Prepare lab reports which clearly convey the underlying ideas of experiments as well as the methods and results.
Effective Term: Fall 2019