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Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division | |||||

PHYS 4A | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | Fall 2011 | |||

5 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. | 6 Units | ||||

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 96
(Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12) | |||||

Lecture Hours: 5 |
Lab Hours: 2 | Lecture/Lab: 1 | |||

Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below. | |||||

Repeatability - | |||||

Statement: | Not Repeatable. | ||||

Status - | |||||

Course Status: Active | Grading: Letter Grade with P/NP option | ||||

Degree Status: Applicable | Credit Status: Credit | ||||

GE Status: Natural Sciences (w/laboratory) | |||||

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Transferability: Both | Validation: | ||||

1. Description - | ||

Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 6 or PHYS 2A. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B. | ||

Advisory: Not open to students that have credit in PHYS 5A and 5B. | ||

2. Course Objectives - | ||

The student will be able to: - Explain basic kinematics and solve related problems.
- Apply Newtonian Dynamics and the Three Laws of Motion.
- Explain work, energy and power and solve related problems.
- Derive momentum and impulse and apply these concepts to problems.
- Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
- Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
- Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
- Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
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3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - | ||

Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory mechanics. | ||

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - | ||

The student will be able to: - Explain basic kinematics and solve related problems.
- concept of position
- concept of velocity
- average velocity
- instantaneous velocity
- velocity as the dervitive of position
- concept of acceleration
- average acceleration
- instantaneous acceleration
- acceleration as the derivitive of velocity and second derivitive of position
- problems featuring constant acceleration
- falling body problems
- motion in two or three dimensions
- position, velocity and acceleartion as vectors
- projectile motion
- motion in a circle
- Apply Newtonian Dynamics and the Three Laws of Motion.
- Concept of a force
- Newton's First Law
- Newton's Second Law
- The difference between mass and weight
- Free body diagrams
- Newton's Third Law
- Special forces
- The spring force
- Friction
- The Centripetal force
- Explain work, energy and power and solve related problems.
- The definition of work
- Work in one dimension as a result of a constant force
- Work in one dimension as a result of a non-constant force
- Work when the displacement and force are not in one dimension
- Kinetic Energy
- Derivation from Newton's Second Law
- The work-energy theorem
- Power
- Potential Energy
- Derivation from work
- Gravitational potential energy
- Spring potential energy
- Conservation of Energy
- Conservative and nonconservative forces
- Conservation of energy-type problems with friction
- Energy diagrams and the relationship between forces and potential energies
- Derive momentum and impulse and apply these concepts to problems.
- Conservation of Momentum from Newton's Third Law
- Definition of impulse
- Elastic and inelastic collisons
- The center of mass.
- Apply their understanding of mechanics to rotational cases.
- Defintions of angular position, velocity and acceleration
- Cases with constant angular acceleration
- Relationship between linear and angular motion
- Energy considerations in rotational motion
- The moment of inertia
- Moment of interia for collections of point particles
- Calculation of moment of inertia for extended bodies
- The parrallel axis theorem
- Torque
- Angular momentum
- Gyroscopes
- Apply their understanding of mechanics to the standard introductory topics of oscillators and universal gravity.
- Statics
- Equilibrium
- Center of gravity
- Stress, strain and elastic moduli
- Oscillators
- Simple harmonic motion
- Spring and a mass
- Second order differential equations
- Pendula
- Advanced cases
- Damped oscillators
- Forced oscillators
- Resonance
- Universal Gravitation
- Newton's Law of Gravitation
- Gravitational potential energy
- Kepler's Laws
- Historical development
- Motion of satellites
- Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
- Physical laws as ideal models
- Methods of approximation
- Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
- Historical development of a sampling of physical laws
- Use of student-collected data in labs to confirm physical laws
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5. Repeatability - Moved to header area. | ||

6. Methods of Evaluation - | ||

- Weekly problem sets
- Periodic midterm tests
- Laboratory performance
- Final examination
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7. Representative Text(s) - | ||

Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008. | ||

8. Disciplines - | ||

Physics | ||

9. Method of Instruction - | ||

Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration. | ||

10. Lab Content - | ||

- Lab Student Learning Outcomes
- compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in measured data.
- compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in the results of experiments based upon the errors in the measured data.
- identify the sources of error and their effect upon the results of laboratory experiments.
- use the available computer facilities to process laboratory data.
- perform experiments in small groups rather than as individuals.
- accept or reject a hypothesis based upon evaluation of data.
- prepare concise and cogent reports of laboratory experiments.
- Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Most experiments should rely upon data generated by student's measurements of physical phenomena.)
- Constant Acceleration and Linear Regression Analysis
- The Acceleration of a Freely Falling Object
- The Launch Speed of a Projectile
- Centripetal Force
- Atwood's Machine
- Coefficients of Friction
- Conservation of Energy
- Collisions and Conservation of Energy
- The Moment of Inertia of a Solid Disk, Ring and/or Gyroscope
- Equilibrium of Coplanar, Non-Concurrent Forces
- The Torsion Pendulum
- Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion
- The Gravitation Constant and the Mass of the Sun
- Torque and Center of Mass
- Air Drag
- Experimental Design
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11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section. | ||

12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - | ||

- Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material ranging from 10 - 40 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
- Lecture: Five hours per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
- Labs: Students will perform experiments and discuss their results in either the form of a written lab report or via oral examination. Reading and understanding the lab manual prior to class is essential to success.
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13. Need/Justification - | ||

This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Physics. |

Course status: | Active | |

Last updated: | 2014-03-20 16:07:01 |

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