# 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.