Physics I with Calculus
Course Description:The first course in a two-semester sequence intended primarily for students majoring in physics, mathematics, chemistry or engineering. Course includes the study of forces, statics, linear motion, circular motion, momentum, energy, gravity, relativity, oscillatory motion, ideal gases, thermal properties of matter and thermodynamics, with laboratory applications of these topics.
Corequisite or Prerequisite: MAC 2312 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II).
Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.
Dr. Jeff Bodart
Required textbooks/ course materials:
Essential University Physics, Richard Wolfson, Addison-Wesley, 4th Edition. ISBN: 9780134988566
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 outcomes||Discipline-level learning outcomes||Assessment methods|
NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 (all)
|Objective Tests, Problem Solving, Unit Tests, 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 on the instructor’s website. 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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