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Effective: Summer 2011

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 48C.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students should understand the following basic concepts from Electricity: Charges, electric forces and electric field.
  • Students should understand the following basic concepts from mechanics: Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Energy, and Momentum
Description -
Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in mechanics, electricity and magnetism.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. make deductions from the laws of physics
  2. analyze problem situations mathematically
  3. derive special formulas from general principles
  4. identify a problem in a new situation and apply his/her knowledge to unfamiliar situations
  5. assess the limitations of physics laws
  6. understand how different cultures have contributed to Physics
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus: none.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with e-mail software and capabilities; e-mail address; Java-script enabled Internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental Ideas
    1. Dimensional Analysis (units)
    2. Scientific Notation
    3. Algebra
    4. Trigonometry
    5. Analytic Geometry
    6. Limits
    7. Elementary Calculus
  2. Kinematics
    1. Speed, Velocity
    2. Acceleration
    3. Free Fall
    4. Vector Addition of Velocities
    5. Trajectories
    6. Circular Motion
  3. Forces
    1. Mass, Weight
    2. Newton's Laws of Motion
    3. Vector Addition of Forces
    4. Friction
    5. Newton's Law of Gravitation
    6. Free Body Diagrams
    7. Torque
    8. Solution of Statics and Dynamic Problems
  4. Energy and Momentum
    1. Work
    2. Potential Energy
    3. Kinetic Energy
    4. Power
    5. Conservation of Power
    6. Linear Momentum
    7. Collisions
    8. Conservation of Momentum
  5. Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
    1. Speed Acceleration
    2. Rotational Inertia
    3. Rotational Kinetic Energy
    4. Angular Momentum
  6. Electrostatics
    1. Coulomb's Law
    2. Electric Fields
    3. Electric Potential
    4. Capacitance
    5. Dielectrics
  7. Circuit Properties
    1. Current, Resistance, Ohm's Law
    2. Electrical Power
    3. Resistivity
    4. Series and Parallel Circuits
    5. Meters
  8. Magnetism
    1. Magnetic Field
    2. Sources of Magnetic Fields
    3. Earth's Magnetism
    4. Induced emf
    5. Inductance
  9. Contributions Made to Physics
    1. Individuals
    2. Cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Assignments
  2. Two in-term tests
  3. Final comprehensive examination
Representative Text(s) -
Walker, James S. Physics. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2010.

When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests and assignments delivered via e-mail and/or Internet; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via e-mail and/or Internet; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves and newsgroups.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Students will be expected to complete weekly problem sets as homework.
  2. Students will be expected to read the material in the text prior to the lectures.