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PHY103 GENERAL PHYSICS I

PHY 103General Physics I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PHY 103 General Physics I

Credit Hours:  4.0            Contact Hours:  6.0                          Lecture/Lab:  6.0              Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  High school physics or placement by the MAP Division

Co-requisites:  MTH 121                                                               Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This is a first course in general physics for engineering, mathematics and computer science majors.  Topics covered include the calculus-based study of vectors, particle kinematics, Newton’s laws, friction, conservation of energy and momentum, gravitation and rotation.  Emphasis is placed on problem solving and applications to laboratory experience.

General Education Goals: PHY 103 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations;
  2. use accurate terminology and notation in written and/or oral form to describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon or problems in the area of mechanics; and
  3. use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations.