General Physics I

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Course Description:
The first course in a two-semester sequence intended primarily for students majoring in biology, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-agriculture, pre-forestry, or medical technology. Includes the study of forces, linear motion, circular motion, energy, hydrostatics, heat, thermal expansion and thermodynamics, with laboratory applications of these topics.


Course Details


Corequisite or prerequisite: MAC 1114 (Plane Trigonometry) or one year of high school trigonometry with a grade of “C” or better.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week.



Dr. Jeff Bodart


Required textbooks/ course materials:

College Physics, Serway & Faughn, Saunders College Publishing, Cengage, 11th Edition.  ISBN: 9781305952300


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology.

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts. 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Apply problem-solving techniques in physics to describe the mechanics of real-world applications using proper SI units for physical measurements.
  • Predict the motion of one- and two-dimensional point particles to show the quantitative relationship between the kinematical parameters.
  • Determine the motion of objects under the influence of various forces, including the special case of static equilibrium using Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation.
  • Compute changes in position and motion by applying the conservation of energy to moving particle systems, including examples with friction.
  • Analyze different types of collisions between objects in terms of the conservation of momentum and impulses.
  • Calculate the motion of rigid bodies by treating them as a collection of rotating masses subject to external torques and positional changes.
  • Examine the effect of temperature on the internal energy of large collections of particles to explain the macroscopic quantities that describe distributions of matter.
  • Measure physical quantities in a lab setting that demonstrate textbook principles using computer-based measurement acquisition system

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

Objective Tests, Problem Solving, Unit Test, Cumulative Final, Experiments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction covering topics primarily from the textbook and including numerous examples of the problem-solving techniques used in physics and engineering. The presentation makes use of the overhead projection system, class demonstrations, and board illustrations. Students are responsible for any material contained within the assigned chapters of the textbook, as well as any material covered during lecture. Students should read the text, study in-class notes and work through the previous exam samples posted in Canvas. The student’s understanding of the material and the problem-solving techniques covered in class are assessed using three to four multi-part problems which must be solved using the methods learned in class. Assignments completed in and outside of class count toward the semester grade, as well as participation in the required lab section accompanying the course. Laboratory exercises include measuring uniform and accelerated motions with a computer-based interface and motion detector, examining the dynamics of collisions using an air track and photogate system, testing conservation laws, and work done by friction.


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