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Applied Physics

PHY 101

Applied Physics

PHY 101

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 5.

Introduces the basic physical principles involving mechanics, fluids, heat, conservation of energy, electricity, and sound. (60-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Solve general physics problems with mathematics.

Objectives:

  • Solve problems using mathematics including algebraic and graphical analysis.
  • Solve ratio reasoning problems both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of linear, quadratic, and the inverse square relationships.
  • Use scientific notation and significant digits.
  • Use the metric system and perform unit conversions.
  • Describe the differences between a vector quantity and a scalar quantity.
  • Identify vector quantities and scalar quantities.

Describe aspects of Newtonian mechanics

Objectives:

  • Solve kinematics questions/problems.
  • Use the algebraic relationships between the physical quantities to solve mathematical problems of kinematics in one-dimension.
  • Use a ruler and protractor to determine quantities associated with two-dimensional motion.
  • State Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
  • Use and apply Newton’s Laws to force problems in one-dimension.
  • Analyze dynamics problems through creation of free body diagrams.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the difference between mass and weight.
  • Apply Newton’s Law of Gravitation to find the force that a celestial object exerts on another.
  • Solve problems/questions using force, energy, power, and conservation laws.
  • Demonstrate understanding of simple machines.

Demonstrate understanding of aspects of electricity

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the qualitative aspects of the charge processes conduction, induction, and polarization.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of electric charge.
  • Apply Coulomb’s Law to find the force that one charge exerts on another.
  • Demonstrate understanding the terms of voltage, current, power, and resistance.
  • Construct simple series or parallel resistor circuits.
  • Use a voltmeter to measure the voltage of elements in a circuit.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the differences of series and parallel resistors.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the differences of connecting batteries in series or parallel.

Demonstrate understanding of wave phenomena

Objectives:

  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for mechanical waves such as frequency, period, wavelength, and wave speed.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the difference between longitudinal and transverse waves.
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationship for the Doppler Effect as it relates to sound.
  • Analyze standing wave modes of strings, open tubes, and tubes closed at one end.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts relating to transmission and reflection of waves.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the phase relationship of a wave upon transmission or reflection.
  • Demonstrate understanding that wave speed and wavelength change upon transmission to a different medium while frequency is unchanged.
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationship for intensity.
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for electromagnetic waves.
  • Apply knowledge of electromagnetic waves as it relates to the electromagnetic spectrum.

Demonstrate laboratory skills.

Objectives:

  • Perform measurements with appropriate devices.
  • Use significant digits in calculations correctly.
  • Analyze data from experiments to draw conclusions.
  • Use technology associated with a science laboratory.
  • Use appropriate safety protocols in the laboratory.
  • Produce reports from experimental work.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method.