
PH 201  General Physics5 Credit(s)
Algebra/trigbased General Physics sequence for science majors. Concepts include force, acceleration, work, energy and momentum of objects with mass in various kinds of motion. Emphasizes conceptual understanding, mathematical representations, problem solving, applications and science skills. Lab included.
Prerequisite: MTH 112 with grade of ‘C’ or better or pass placement test. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
 Understand, construct and evaluate position, velocity, acceleration graphs, motion diagrams and kinematic equations.
 Construct and evaluate velocity difference diagrams.
 Use vectors and vector addition to represent various quantities.
 Translate from one reference frame to another.
 Understand and apply Newton’s 1st Law.
 Identify forces/interactions in a situation by type and objects involved.
 Construct and evaluate free body diagrams for unfamiliar situations.
 Construct and evaluate 2nd Law equations from a FBD.
 Identify third law pairs.
 Identify direction of acceleration for uniform and nonuniform circular motion (i.e. distinguish radial from tangential acceleration).
 Construct and evaluate energy bar graphs for unfamiliar situations (includes identifying systems, identifying types of energy present and sources of positive or negative work).
 Construct and evaluate Conservation of Energy equations from energy bar charts (or directly from a situation).
 Construct and evaluate momentum bar graphs for unfamiliar situations (includes identifying systems, identifying impulses).
 Construct and evaluate Conservation of Momentum equations from momentum bar charts (or directly from a situation).
 Construct and evaluate extended free body diagrams.
 Determine torques associated with forces and pivot point.
 Construct and evaluate 2nd Law and Rotational 2nd Law equations from an extended FBD for a static situation.
 Choose coordinate systems and determine components of vectors.
 Extract information from representations.
 Construct new representations from given ones.
 Translate from one representation to another.
 Evaluate consistency of representations and modify appropriately.
 Consider different systems, coordinate systems, reference frames and methods of analysis to arrive at a solution.
 Evaluate units in an equation.
 Perform dimensional analysis on an unfamiliar system.
 Identify assumptions.
 Evaluate special cases for solving and checking problems.
 Use solutions to make predictions.
 Check solutions based on units, reasonable fit to the question.
 Use multiple representations to determine solutions.
 Use proportional reasoning to solve problems.
 Design and conduct an observational experiment.
 Propose hypotheses for the observations.
 Design and conduct a testing experiment.
 Identify the hypotheses to be tested.
 Design a reliable experiment that tests the hypothesis.
 Distinguish between a hypothesis and a prediction.
 Make a reasonable prediction based on a hypothesis.
 Identify the assumptions made in making the prediction.
 Determine specific ways in which assumptions might affect the prediction.
 Decide whether the prediction and the outcome agree/disagree.
 Make a reasonable judgment about the hypothesis.
 Revise hypotheses when necessary.
 Design and conduct an application experiment
 Identify the problem to be solved.
 Design a reliable experiment that solves the problem.
 Use available equipment to make measurements.
 Make judgments about the results of the experiment.
 Evaluate the results by means of an independent method.
 Identify the shortcomings in an experimental design and suggest specific improvements.
 Choose a productive mathematical procedure for solving the experimental problem.
 Identify assumptions made in using the mathematical procedure.
 Identify relevant assumptions.
 Determine specific ways in which assumptions might affect the results
 Propose and evaluate potential experiments.
 Evaluate assumptions in an experimental set up.
 Identify and estimate measurement errors in an experiment.
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