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PHY 221 - Physics for Science and Engineering 1

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: PHY 141  or equivalent high school course complete within the past 5 years
Co-requisites: MAT 201  

This is a calculus-based mechanics physics course that emphasizes problem-solving techniques. Major topics of study include: vectors, one and two dimensional kinematics, circular motion, forces and Newton’s laws, work, energy and its conservation, collisions, linear momentum and its conservation, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum and its conservation, static equilibrium, simple harmonic motion and gravity.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of the physics in mechanics.
  2. Apply calculus to describe motion and other mechanical situations where algebra is inadequate.
  3. Synthesize various concepts while applying them to real-world contexts seen in careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
  4. Apply data reduction/analysis techniques used in the execution of laboratory experiments to test important concepts, theories and principles of physics.
  5. Communicate ideas effectively in graphical and written form in homework solutions, examinations and lab reports. 
Listed Topics
  1. Vector algebra with applications in physics
  2. One and two dimensional kinematics
  3. Forces and Newton’s Laws of motion
  4. Work, energy and conservation of energy
  5. Collisions, linear momentum and conservation of linear momentum
  6. Circular motion
  7. Rotational kinematics and dynamics
  8. Angular momentum and conservation of angular momentum
  9. Static equilibrium and elasticity
  10. Oscillatory (Simple Harmonic) Motion
  11. Newton’s Law of gravitation
Reference Materials
Textbook, scientific pocket 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: 10/11/2019

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