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Applied Physics

SKPH 101

Applied Physics

SKPH 101

Course Description

Prerequisite: Math Level 5. Introduces the basic physical principles involving mechanics, fluids, heat, conservation of energy, electricity, and sound. (60-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical aspects of science.

Objectives:

  • Solve problems using mathematics including algebraic and graphical analysis.
  • Use and understand scientific notation and significant digits.
  • Use and understand the metric system and perform unit conversions.
  • Understand the difference between a vector quantity and a scalar quantity and identify them

Describe aspects of Newtonian mechanics

Objectives:

  • Use and understand the meanings of the kinematics quantities: position, distance traveled, displacement, average speed, instantaneous speed, average velocity, instantaneous velocity, and acceleration
  • 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.
  • Understand the difference between mass and weight.
  • Use the concepts and understand the mathematical relationships between the quantities of energy, work, and power
  • Understand the application of simple machines and how to calculate mechanical advantage and efficiency.

Understand and apply aspects of electricity

Objectives:

  • Understand the qualitative aspects of the charge processes conduction, induction, and polarization.
  • Understand the nature of electric charge.
  • Understand the mathematical relationship describing the force between two point charges (Coulomb’s Law).
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for basic circuits.

Describe and use physics as it relates to wave phenomena

Objectives:

  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for mechanical waves such as frequency, period, wavelength, wave speed.
  • Understand 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.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts relating to transmission and reflection of waves.
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationship for intensity.
  • Use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for electromagnetic waves.
  • Apply knowledge of EM waves as it relates to the EM spectrum.