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Fall 2021

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PHY131 - Physics With Calculus 1

Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces fundamental principles of physics. Includes one and two dimensional motion, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, rotation, statics, harmonic motion, waves, gravitation, fluid mechanics, heat, and ideal gases. A calculus based physics course for students in science and engineering related programs. Three class hours, three lab hours. Fall only. Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 141 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, momentum and angular momentum applied to translational and rotational statics and dynamics. Also vibration, waves and fluid mechanics.)
2. Apply basic principles of thermal physics, using proper terminology. (This includes the ideal gas law and heat flow.)
3. Translate questions about physical topics into mathematical expressions.
4. Solve the equations they have set up. (This includes fluent use of algebra, trigonometry, differential calculus and vector arithmetic including dot and cross products. 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