Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division
5 hours lecture.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 5 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation:

1. Description -
Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in mechanics, electricity and magnetism.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 48C.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. 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
3. 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.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Assignments
  2. Two in-term tests
  3. Final comprehensive examination
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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 -
  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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in General Studies Science.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2012-02-15 15:07:17

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines