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Effective: Summer 2015
PHYS 5AGENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) EXTENDED5 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1A.
Corequisites: Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Natural Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter)

Description -
Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics. PHYS 5A+5B+5C provides the same content as PHYS 4A+4B at a slower pace.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Explain basic kinematics and solve related problems.
  2. Apply Newtonian Dynamics and the Three Laws of Motion.
  3. Explain work, energy and power and solve related problems.
  4. Derive momentum and impulse and apply these concepts to problems.
  5. Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
  6. Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
  7. Express an understanding of the contributions made to physics by persons of all cultural backgrounds, and apply their own unique cultural perspective to physics.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory mechanics.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Explain basic kinematics and solve related problems.
    1. concept of position
    2. concept of velocity
      1. average velocity
      2. instantaneous velocity
      3. velocity as the derivitive of position
    3. concept of acceleration
      1. average acceleration
      2. instantaneous acceleration
      3. acceleration as the derivitive of velocity and second derivitive of position
    4. problems featuring constant acceleration
    5. falling body problems
    6. motion in two or three dimensions
      1. position, velocity and acceleartion as vectors
      2. projectile motion
      3. motion in a circle
  2. Apply Newtonian Dynamics and the Three Laws of Motion.
    1. Concept of a force
    2. Newton's First Law
    3. Newton's Second Law
      1. The difference between mass and weight
      2. Free body diagrams
    4. Newton's Third Law
    5. Special forces
      1. The spring force
      2. Friction
      3. The Centripetal force
  3. Explain work, energy and power and solve related problems.
    1. The definition of work
      1. Work in one dimension as a result of a constant force
      2. Work in one dimension as a result of a non-constant force
      3. Work when the displacement and force are not in one dimension
    2. Kinetic Energy
      1. Derivation from Newton's Second Law
      2. The work-energy theorem
    3. Power
    4. Potential Energy
      1. Derivation from work
      2. Gravitational potential energy
      3. Spring potential energy
      4. Conservation of Energy
        1. Conservative and nonconservative forces
        2. Conservation of energy-type problems with friction
      5. Energy diagrams and the relationship between forces and potential energies
  4. Derive momentum and impulse and apply these concepts to problems.
    1. Conservation of Momentum from Newton's Third Law
    2. Definition of impulse
    3. Elastic and inelastic collisons
    4. The center of mass.
  5. Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
    1. Physical laws as ideal models
    2. Methods of approximation
  6. Discuss how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
    1. Historical development of a sampling of physical laws
    2. Use of student-collected data in labs to confirm physical laws
  7. express an understanding of the contributions made to physics by persons of all cultural backgrounds, and apply their own unique cultural perspective to physics.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly problem sets
  2. Periodic midterm tests
  3. Laboratory performance
  4. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008.

Disciplines -
Physics
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Cooperative learning exercises, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Lab Student Learning Outcomes
    1. compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in measured data.
    2. compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in the results of experiments based upon the errors in the measured data.
    3. identify the sources of error and their effect upon the results of laboratory experiments.
    4. use the available computer facilities to process laboratory data.
    5. perform experiments in small groups rather than as individuals.
    6. accept or reject a hypothesis based upon evaluation of data.
    7. prepare concise and cogent reports of laboratory experiments.
  2. Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Most experiments should rely upon data generated by student's measurements of physical phenomena.)
    1. Constant Acceleration and Linear Regression Analysis
    2. The Acceleration of a Freely Falling Object
    3. The Launch Speed of a Projectile
    4. Centripetal Force
    5. Atwood's Machine
    6. Coefficients of Friction
    7. Conservation of Energy
    8. Collisions and Conservation of Energy
    9. Air Drag
    10. Experimental Design
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.