Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving.

Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles involving the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion and physical systems; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports.

Meets NCTC Core Curriculum Requirement

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
  • Solve problems involving forces and work.
  • Apply Newton’s laws to physical problems.
  • Identify the different types of energy.
  • Solve problems using principles of conservation of energy.
  • Define the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
  • Use principles of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
  • Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
  • Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
  • Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
  • Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
  • Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.
  • Solve problems involving the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
  • Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
  • Relate physical observations and measurements involving classical mechanics to theoretical principles
  • Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
  • Design fundamental experiments involving principles of classical mechanics.
  • Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 48.0