This course is a general physics course for the non-science major. The course helps develop an awareness of the physical concepts which govern our everyday experiences and emphasizes problem-solving. Topics will include most of the following, depending on class preparation and interest: describing motion, Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation, energy and conservation laws, states of matter and its behavior, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, special relativity. Conceptual reasoning is stressed, and mathematics is kept to the level of intermediate algebra. Laboratories emphasize concepts learned in lectures, and graphing and data handling techniques are learned. (formerly PHYS& 100 and 101)

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

- Identify the fundamental laws of physics in those areas we study, and describe how these laws are manifested in natural events.
- State qualitative descriptions of velocity, acceleration, force, momentum, work, and energy, and calculate these quantities for simple physical situations.
- Use mathematics at the level of elementary algebra to describe and analyze physical situations.
- Use the concepts of momentum and energy conservation to analyze physical situations.
- Use the atomic model of matter to explain such phenomena as pressure, expansion, buoyancy, and thermodynamic effects.
- (If time permits) Describe the quantum-mechanical model of the atom, and use it to describe the current model for the emission and absorption of light.
- (If time permits) Qualitatively describe the theory of special relativity. Use elementary algebra and graphs to determine relativistic effects on time, length, momentum, and energy.
- Make, analyze, and interpret graphs of experimental data.

**Quantitative Reasoning:**Students will be able to reason mathematically.

- Mechanics

Describing motion: speed, velocity, and acceleration

Newton’s laws of motion

Gravitation: projectile and satellite motion, tides, weight, acceleration due to gravity

Momentum and its conservation

Work, types of energy, and energy conservation

Rotational motion - Physics of Matter

States of matter

Density

Atoms

Pressure

Bernoulli’s principle

Archimedes’ principle

Temperature, heat, and thermal expansion

Heat transfer

Changes of phase

First and second laws of thermodynamics - Waves

Types of waves

Characteristics of waves

Propagation of waves

Sound waves

Characteristics of sound

Perception of sound - Electricity and Magnetism

Electric charge, Coulomb’s law, and electric fields

Electric currents, circuits, and Ohm’s law

Power and energy in electric circuits

Magnetism

Interactions between electricity and magnetism

Electromagnetic waves - Optics

Properties of light waves

Reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and polarization

Properties of mirrors, lenses, and refracting surfaces

Optical properties of the eye and correction of vision problems

Dispersion - Atoms and Nuclei

History of 20th-century physics

Light emission and absorption, light quanta

The quantum-mechanical atom

Quantum-mechanical application - Special Relativity

Time dilation and length contraction

Relativistic energy and momentum

Exams and Quizzes: 50-60% Homework: 20-30% In-Class Discussion: 20%

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.