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Algebra/TrigonometryBased Physics A
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Final

Physics

November 30, 2018
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Algebra/TrigonometryBased Physics A

105


4.0

0000
This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a oneyear course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is part of a twosemester sequence whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include: kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids, and simple harmonic motion.
Prior completion of a course covering Trigonometry (CID MATH 851)
 Vectors and Scalars
 Newton’s Laws
 Statics and Dynamics
 Translational Kinematics
 Rotational Kinematics
 Rotational Dynamics
 Work and Energy
 Momentum
 Gravitation
 Simple Harmonic Motion
 Fluids
 Laws of Thermodynamics
 Heat Engines
 Kinetic Theory
 Entropy
 “Floating topics” which may be included in this semester
 Mechanical Waves and Sound
Laboratory activities should cover the range of topics designated for lecture. The majority of labs should be handson activities with “real world” data collection as opposed to computer simulation.
Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
 Predict the future trajectory of an object in two dimensions with uniform acceleration.
 Analyze a physical situation with multiple constant forces acting on a point mass using Newtonian mechanics.
 Analyze a physical situation using concepts of work and energy.
 Analyze static and dynamic extended systems using the concepts of torque and angular acceleration.
Laboratory Course Objectives: At the conclusion of the laboratory component of this course, the student should be able to:
 Analyze realworld experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
 Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.
Examinations which include problem solving, exercises, final examinations, projects, homework problems, laboratory reports.
*Note that not all of the methods listed are required.
Typical Textbooks:
Walker, James; Physics
Cutnell, John D.; Johnson, Kenneth W.; Physics
Serway, Raymond A.; Faughn, Jerry S. College Physics
Urone, Paul P.; Rinrichs, Roger. College Physics
Typical Lab Manuals:
Wilson, Jerry D.; Hernandez, Cecilia A.; Physics Laboratory Experiments
Gastineu, John; Physics with Computers
Sokoloff, David R.; Thornton, Ron; Laws, Priscilla; Real Time Physics: Active Learning Laboratories Modules 1 – 4
Laboratory manuals developed on site.

This course is the first semester of a twosemester sequence. PHYS 105 is composed of topics that together with PHYS 110 constitute all of the topics included in PHYS 100. Topics may be offered in varying sequences and combinations, including “floating topics”. The floating topics may be placed in different courses in the sequence, but all must be covered during the twosemester sequence. Since different colleges vary slightly in the order in which topics are presented, it is strongly recommended that students take the entire sequence at the same institution.