PHYS& 114: General Physics I with Lab

Class Program
Degree Code
Math/Science Laboratory
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 44 Lab Hours 22
The first course in a three-quarter algebra-based sequence for students pursuing degrees in biology, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, engineering technology, zoology, and other fields. This course is also strongly recommended for students who will be taking Engineering Physics but who have not had a prior physics class. Students should check with the requirements of their intended baccalaureate institution when considering this sequence. A balance of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability is emphasized; This first course will begin with an introduction to units and unit conversion, scalars and vectors, and using right-angle trigonometry for analyzing two-dimensional motion, then continue to the study of mechanics: describing motion, with speed, velocity, and acceleration; application of Newtons laws in one and two dimensions; impulse and momentum conservation; work and energy conservation; rotational motion and torque.


Successful completion of MATH 099, placement in a higher-level mathematics course, or instructor permission.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

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

  1. Convert between different units of all types and correctly use significant figures.
  2. Perform calculations with scalars and vectors, and use right-angle trigonometry for determining components of vectors.
  3. Apply algebra and right-angle trigonometry to the solution of problems involving constant velocity, constant acceleration, projectile motion, Newton’s laws, momentum and impulse, energy and work, and rotational motion.
  4. Apply conceptual reasoning to analyze situations involving the material studied in this course.
  5. Present well-reasoned solutions of problems at a level appropriate for the course.
  6. Present experimental results in clearly written laboratory reports.
  7. Use technology such as calculators and computer spreadsheets to perform calculations, analyze data, and present data in graphical form at levels appropriate for the course.
Institutional Outcomes
IO2 Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to reason mathematically.
Course Content Outline
  1. Mathematical Preliminaries
    Units and unit conversion
    Scientific notation and its use on calculators
    Significant figures
    Right angle trigonometry
    Introduction to scalars and vectors
  2. Studying Motion in One and Two Dimensions
    Displacement, average and instantaneous velocity
    Average and instantaneous acceleration
    Motion with constant acceleration
    Free fall
    Velocity and acceleration in a plane
    Projectile motion
  3. Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion
    Forces and Newton’s first law
    Mass, weight, and Newton’s second law
    Free-body diagrams
    Newton’s third law
    Equilibrium of a particle
    Contact forces and friction
    Elastic forces
  4. Circular Motion, Orbits, and Gravity
    Forces in circular motion
    Uniform circular motion
    Forces, velocity, and acceleration in uniform circular motion
    Apparent forces in circular motion
    Circular orbits and weightlessness
    Newton’s law of gravitation and orbital motion
  5. Momentum
    Impulse and momentum
    Conservation of momentum
    Inelastic collisions
    Two dimensional collisions
    Angular momentum
  6. Energy and Work
    Work, energy, and the work-kinetic energy theorem
    Potential energy
    Conservation of mechanical energy
    Energy in collisions
  7. Rotational Motion
    Describing rotational motion: angular velocity and acceleration
    Relations between linear and rotational motion
    Moment of inertia and rotational kinetic energy
    Rolling motion
    Torque and angular acceleration
Department Guidelines

Exams and Quizzes 50-60% Homework 20-30% Laboratory Work 20% Lecture, In-class active learning, Small group work, Laboratory observation, measurement, and experimentation

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