PHYSICS 101

I.    General Education Objectives

á     Learn the fundamentals of mechanics, energy and momentum conservation, oscillations and waves, fluids, and thermal physics.

á     Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as demonstrated in multi-step conceptual and numerical problem solving listed below

á     Demonstrate the ability to relate physics concepts to other disciplines through assignments that include topical, real world problems.

á     Develop an appreciation of the historical and contemporary impact of physics on daily life as demonstrated through written assignments or presentations

II.   Physics Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrate competence (through quizzes and tests) in numerical problem solving in the following areas:

á     Correctly use units, unit conversions and significant figures in all of the following

á     Apply kinematic equations to calculate distance, time or velocity under the conditions of constant acceleration including free fall.

á     Express vectors in component form. Add two or more vectors together.

á     Apply kinematic equations and vector methods to solve problems involving objects projected horizontally and at an angle.

á     Apply Newtons laws, free-body diagrams and vector methods to solve one and two-dimensional problems related to objects in equilibrium and accelerating objects including objects in uniform circular motion. Forces include gravitational force, spring force (Hookes Law), friction, normal force, tension and buoyant force.

á     Solve problems based on the work-energy theorem and conservation of energy including frictional energy loss, kinetic energy, gravitational and spring potential energy.

á     Solve one and two dimensional problems involving elastic and inelastic collisions.

á     Solve problems related to centripetal force, moment of inertia and angular momentum.

á     Apply the relationship between wave speed, frequency, and wavelength to solve problems.

á     Use the Doppler effect to determine the direction of a frequency shift where there is relative motion between a source and an observer.

á     Use Archimedes principle, PascalÕs Law and the Bernoulli equation to solve fluid problems.

á     Define specific and latent heats and solve related problems. Explain the laws of thermodynamics and apply cycle analysis to simple ideal heat engines and calculate the efficiency.

B.   Demonstrate conceptual understanding (through quizzes, projects and tests) of the following topics:

á       Describe the processes of scientific method, understand the use of significant figures in measurements and calculations, and distinguish between Metric and English system of units.

á       Identify displacement, distance traveled, speed, velocity, and acceleration in various scenarios

á       Recognize the difference between scalar and vector quantities

á       Employ Newtons Laws to explain systems with constant or changing motion

á       Use energy conservation to discuss real life situations

á       Use the concept of linear and angular momentum conservation to analyze real life situations. Identify elastic and inelastic collisions and discuss momentum and energy conservation.

á       Recognize the difference between the scientific and ordinary definitions of work. Understand work-energy theorem, conservation of energy, and power.

á       Identify the conditions of simple harmonic motion and list systems that are modeled as SHM. Explain how displacement, velocity, and acceleration change as an object undergoes simple harmonic motion.

á       Understand the definition of a wave and model appropriate systems as waves.

á       Explain centripetal force, moment of inertia and angular momentum. Understand how angular momentum conservation plays an important role certain real life situations.

á       Apply Archimedes principle and the Bernoulli Equation to evaluate flow through a system in real life situations.

Understand the connection between heat and mechanical work. Define specific and latent heats. Explain the laws of thermodynamics.