Engineering Physics w/Lab I

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Course Description: 
PHYS& 221, 222, and 223 are the year-long introductory sequence in physics required for students majoring in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics included in the sequence include classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, fluid mechanics, waves, optics, and a brief introduction to modern physics including special relativity, particle physics and quantum mechanics. Calculus is used and applications and problem solving are emphasized. The main topic in PHYS& 221 is Newtonian mechanics. 5 lecture hours; 2 lab hours. Satisfies science or lab requirement area E distribution requirement or specified elective for the AA degree.
Course Prerequisites: 
Prerequisite: MATH& 151 or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 151, or instructor permission. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PHY S& 221 Lab.
Course Outcomes: 
  • Understand standards of measure, be able to employ common systems of units, and perform unit conversions and dimensional analysis.
  • Understand and be able to appropriately apply a variety of physics principles in solving physics problems. These include:
    • Kinematics (both linear and rotational)
    • Newton’s laws and applications (including gravity, contact forces, friction, and statics)
    • Conservation laws (energy, linear momentum, and angular momentum)
  • Gain experience obtaining and analyzing experimental data.