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.

### Prerequisites

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

Quarters Offered

Spring

Course Outcomes

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

- Convert between different units of all types and correctly use significant figures.
- Perform calculations with scalars and vectors, and use right-angle trigonometry for determining components of vectors.
- 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.
- Apply conceptual reasoning to analyze situations involving the material studied in this course.
- Present well-reasoned solutions of problems at a level appropriate for the course.
- Present experimental results in clearly written laboratory reports.
- 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

- Mathematical Preliminaries

Units and unit conversion

Scientific notation and its use on calculators

Significant figures

Right angle trigonometry

Introduction to scalars and vectors - 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 - 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 - 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 - Momentum

Impulse and momentum

Conservation of momentum

Inelastic collisions

Two dimensional collisions

Angular momentum - Energy and Work

Work, energy, and the work-kinetic energy theorem

Potential energy

Conservation of mechanical energy

Energy in collisions

Power - 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.