Applied PhysicsPHY 101
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.