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PHY 141 - Physics 1

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 108  

This physics course is taught at the algebraic level. The students gain a basic understanding of the fundamental principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics using algebra and trigonometry. Laboratory activities in the course reinforce the fundamental principles of physics and topics presented in the lecture section. The course is transferable to many four-year institutions. Students should consult a transfer counselor.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the forces that affect observed motions of nature.
  2. Describe the conservation laws as they apply to mechanics.
  3. Solve physics problems using algebra and trigonometry.
  4. Apply data analysis techniques in laboratory experiments.
  5. Draw conclusions relating experiment results to appropriate lecture topics.
  6. Communicate experimental findings both in written form and graphical form through laboratory reports.
Listed Topics
  1. Measurements
  2. Vectors
  3. One and two dimensional kinematics
  4. Newton’s Laws of motion
  5. Uniform circular motion and gravitation
  6. Work, energy and conservation of mechanical energy
  7. Linear momentum and collisions
  8. Rotational kinematics and rotational dynamics
  9. Vibrations and simple harmonic motion
  10. Temperature, heat and thermodynamics
  11. Kinetic theory of gases
Reference Materials
Textbook, Laboratory Manual, Scientific Calculator, Computer, Internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/17/2020
Last Reviewed: 2/24/2022

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