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PHYS 1111

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introductory Physics I
Prerequisite(s) MATH 1113 with a "C" or better and exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s) PHYS 1111L (Laboratory Course)
Catalog Description
The introductory physics course, PHYS 1111, is the first in a two course survey of the primary fields of physics. This course will cover mechanics, waves, simple harmonic motion and thermodynamics. Algebra and trigonometry will be used in the course.

Expected Educational Results
At the completion of this PHYS 1111 course, the student should be able to do the following:

At the completion of this PHYS 1111 course, the student should be able to do the following:

In the area of mechanics, for the cases of one dimensional linear motion, two dimensional linear motion, and rotational motion:
1. Apply equations of kinematics in order to describe non-accelerated and uniformly accelerated motion;
2. Apply Newton's laws of motion to analyze and solve numerical problems in cases where:
(a) a single or multiple set of forces act on a single object both in equilibrium and not in equilibrium;
(b) there exist forces of kinetic friction and/or static friction that act on an object or system of linked objects;
(c) frictional forces and the force of gravity affect the motion of an object or a system of objects;
3. Apply the work-energy theorem to account for conservative and non-conservative forces that act on a system in relation to the kinetic energy,  potential energy and the work done by non-conservative forces;
4. Apply momentum conservation to account for changing motions in the form of Newton's Second Law, elastic and inelastic collisions and rotational motion;
5. Apply Newton's Universal Law of Gravity.
In the area of thermodynamics,
6. Convert between the temperature scales;
7. Solve problems that involve the thermal expansion coefficients of solids and liquids;
8. Apply the ideal gas law in solution of related problems;
9. Employ the equations that apply to specific heat capacity, latent heat and the law of conservation of energy to solve calorimetry problems;
10. State the Laws of Thermodynamics and apply these laws to solve problems in thermodynamic processes;
In the area of Waves:
11. Discuss simple harmonic motion and characterize motion by the amplitude and frequency;

General Education Outcomes
GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES
1. Communication Skills:
Students develop reading skills by reading the text and handout materials; their listening skills through lectures; and writing skills through problem solving activities. Students are also encouraged to provide written or oral solutions to problems in order to develop their presentation skills.

2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills:
Students develop individual and group problem solving skills by doing problems both in the classroom and at home; critical thinking skills are encouraged by requesting student response to questions asked during lectures.

3. Recognizing and Applying Scientific Inquiry:
Students are taught by using conceptual and physical models of phenomena emphasizing the methods of data collection, doing experiments and developing the result into theory.

Course Content
1. Introduction: Standards of length, mass, and time; Dimensional analysis;  Significant digits; Conversion of units; Vectors and scalars.
2. Motion in One and Two dimensions: Average and instantaneous velocities; Acceleration; one dimensional motion;  Freely-falling bodies; Motion in two dimensions; Projectile motion.
3. The Laws of Motion: Forces; Newton's laws of motion; Static and kinetic friction.
4. Objects in Equilibrium:  Moments; Torque; Center of gravity.
5. Work and Energy: Work, work and kinetic energy; Gravitational potential energy; Conservative and non-conservative forces; Conservation of mechanical energy; Power; Conservation of energy.
6. Momentum and Collisions: Momentum, impulse, collisions in one and two dimensions; Center of mass.
7. Circular motion and Newton's Law of Gravitation: Angular velocity, angular acceleration; Rotational motion, centripetal acceleration, centripetal force; Newton's law of gravitation; Kepler's laws.
8. Rotational Dynamics: Moments of inertia; Rotational kinetic energy; Angular momentum.
9. Introduction to Thermodynamics: Temperature scales, thermal expansion, ideal gases, gas laws, the kinetic theory of gases, relative humidity.
10. Heat: Specific heat capacity, calorimetry, latent heats of fusion and vaporization, heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, the greenhouse effect.
11. The Laws of Thermodynamics: Internal energy, work, heat, the Laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, the Carnot engine, entropy, energy conversion.
12. Vibrations and Waves:  Review of simple harmonic motion with uniform circular motion, wave motion, superposition and interference of waves, reflection of waves.
13. Sound:  Producing a sound wave, characteristics of sound waves, the Doppler effect, interference in sound waves, standing waves, forced vibrations and resonance, standing waves in air columns, beats, quality of sound.

* Italicized topics are optional

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The college believes in the academic value of giving final exams that are comprehensive in nature; however, the college also values the discretion of the faculty member to determine appropriate assessment methods. The departments on each campus and/or individual instructors will construct a detailed syllabus based on the Common Course Outline for implementation in each class.

The Common Course Outline offers only a schematic description of the course content and assessment material. Campus departments and/or individual instructors should elaborate upon and enhance these sections in their syllabi. At the beginning of each term, faculty members must submit their syllabi for approval to the department head and/or the discipline coordinating dean. The sequencing of topics as well as all readings and other assignments designed to assist the student in accomplishing course objectives are left to the discretion of the campus department and/or the individual instructor as long as these components adhere to the Common Course Outline.

Last Revised: Aug. 11, 2011
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