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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.

DESCRIPTION: Classical Mechanics with emphasis on combining intuition and past experience with mathematics to understand the fundamental laws of nature.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 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.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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Know and use the language of physics as it applies to: measurement, one-dimensional motion, vectors, two-dimensional motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, circular motion, work and kinetic energy, potential energy and conversation of energy, linear momentum and collisions, rotation of a rigid object about a fixed axis, rolling motion and angular momentum, static equilibrium, the law of gravity.
2.Solve mathematical problems involving linear and angular motion, forces, energy, and conservation laws.
3.Learn to effectively work in peer groups, writing skills as a physicist and make oral presentations.
4.Gain confidence in their ability to apply mathematical methods to understand physics problem to real-life situations.
5.Recognize the broad nature of the field of physics.
6.See the application of physics in the sciences and in life.

REQUIREMENTS: All students must have their own textbook. Scientific calculators (graphing-calculators are required) will be utilized and the student must procure their own.Lectures, multimedia presentations, demonstrations, class discussions, objective exams, quizzes.
Assigned written problems, problems solving exam questions, oral presentations.
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 2083