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Principles of Physics I
PRIN PHYSICS
CLASS CODE: PH 121 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Classical Mechanics with emphasis on combining intuition and past experience with mathematics to understand the fundamental laws of nature.
DESCRIPTION: The first class of a four-course sequence (Principles of Physics I) is intended for students majoring in: Physics Minor, Physics Education Minor, B.S. in Applied Physics, B.S. in Physics Education, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics/Computer Science majors.
TOPICS: Scalars and Vectors, 1 to 3 dimensional motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Impulse, Rotation, Linear and Angular momentum, conservation laws, Static Equilibrium and Elasticity, and the Law of Gravity.
OBJECTIVES: PH 121 initiates students to the field of study called Mechanics in order to provide enhancement to their conceptual understanding in physics. Students will work together in small groups, discussing concepts and working problems. It is important that students develop a heuristic approach and understanding of how and why mechanics models nature. An important caveat is understanding the limitations of said models.
REQUIREMENTS: All students must have their own textbook. Scientific calculators (graphing-calculators are required) will be utilized and the student must procure their own. Procedures, assignments, examinations are required by all faculty. Some faculty may in addition require attendance, participation, projects, or other forms of assessment.
PREREQUISITES: Concurrent Registration or completion of Math 112.
Math Level: Extensive use of College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Elementary Calculus.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1983