PHYS2300 General Physics I

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - Natural Sciences. This course provides students exposure to important concepts and principles of physics as well as their application to everyday phenomena. Students will develop an understanding of mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and sound. Students will gain substantial understanding of experimental procedures including laboratory safety, collaborative learning, data collection, and data analysis through accompanying laboratory segment. This course is intended for students taking liberal arts and/or pre-professional courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe various concepts and principles of physics in the areas of kinematics, statics, dynamics, work, energy, rotational motion, gravitation, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, waves, and sound.
  • Distinguish between distance and displacement, speed and velocity, mass and weight, static and kinetic friction, elastic collision and inelastic collision, gauge and absolute pressure, and transverse, and longitudinal waves.
  • Explain the motion of objects moving at constant velocity and constant acceleration.
  • Construct comprehensive free-body diagrams (FBD) to solve classic mechanics problems.
  • Determine direction and magnitude of resultant vectors by adding and/or subtracting various vectors.
  • Solve problems using algebra and trigonometry related to the linear motion of objects ¿ speed, velocity, acceleration, circular motion, and projectile motion.
  • Calculate angular velocity, angular acceleration, and centripetal force acting on an object moving on a circular path.
  • Analyze the motion of an object along an inclined plane by using Newton¿s second law of motion.
  • Apply conservation of energy and conservation of momentum principles to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of static equilibrium and dynamic equilibrium.
  • Apply Pascal¿s principle and Archimedes¿ principle to solve problems of fluid systems.
  • Use the first law and the second law of thermodynamics to solve the problems.
  • Describe the components of wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel levels.
  • Use appropriate computer technology and software to perform experiments, perform analysis, and prepare reports.
  • Show experimental skill by setting-up and performing experiments, collecting data, and formulating conclusion from the performed experiments.
  • Communicate physics theory, experimental results and real world applications of physics principles through effective and clear oral presentation(s) and detailed written document(s).


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other