PHYS112W: Physics I

Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours 2 Credits 4
Physics I introduces the laws of classical physics. Topics include work, momentum, rotational motion, Newton's laws of motion, kinetic and potential energy, the conservation laws of energy and momentum, and kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions. Additional topics include sound, fluids, bodies in equilibrium, and vibrations and waves. The course finishes with a study of heat, temperature and kinetic theory, and the laws of thermodynamics. The course introduces and explores these topics through a series of microcomputer-based laboratories (MBL) using PASCO's DataStudio software, and 750 Interface. Additionally, using modeling/simulation software, students learn to build models of physical systems and simulate the effect of various forces (such as gravity, electricity, friction, and air resistance) on such systems. Students use Microsoft's Excel to analyze data and produce charts and graphs of experimental results.