  
Description  
 Mathematicsphysics 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:
 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.
 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.
 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)  
  Explain basic kinematics and solve related problems.
 concept of position
 concept of velocity
 average velocity
 instantaneous velocity
 velocity as the derivitive 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 nonconstant force
 Work when the displacement and force are not in one dimension
 Kinetic Energy
 Derivation from Newton's Second Law
 The workenergy theorem
 Power
 Potential Energy
 Derivation from work
 Gravitational potential energy
 Spring potential energy
 Conservation of Energy
 Conservative and nonconservative forces
 Conservation of energytype 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.
 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 studentcollected data in labs to confirm physical laws
 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  
  Weekly problem sets
 Periodic midterm tests
 Laboratory performance
 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  
  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
 Air Drag
 Experimental Design


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.
