- Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB
This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a one year course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is part of a two-semester sequence whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include an introduction to kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids, simple harmonic motion, electrostatics, magnetism, DC circuits, optics and modern physics.
- Sequence (S)
This course is a two-semester sequence composed of all of the topics listed for PHYS 105 and PHYS 110 which may be offered in varying sequences and combinations, including “floating topics.” The floating topics may be placed in different courses in the sequence, but all must be covered during the two-semester sequence. Since different colleges vary slightly in the order in which the topics are presented, it is strongly recommended that students take the entire sequence at the same institution.
Prior completion of a course covering Trigonometry (C-ID MATH 851)
- Vectors and Scalars
- Newton’s Laws
- Statics and Dynamics
- Translational Kinematics
- Rotational Kinematics
- Rotational Dynamics
- Work and Energy
- Simple Harmonic Motion
- Mechanical Waves and Sound
- Laws of Thermodynamics
- Heat Engines
- Kinetic Theory
- DC circuits
- Faraday’s and Lenz’s Laws
- Ampere’s Law
- Geometric Optics
- Lenses, Mirrors and Optical Instruments
- Wave Optics / Physical Optics
- Selected Topics from Modern Physics (Not all of these topics are required but covering all of them is recommended)
- Special Relativity
- Quantum Mechanics
- Atomic Physics
- Nuclear Physics
Laboratory activities should cover the range of topics designated for lecture. The majority of labs should be hands-on activities with “real-world” data collection as opposed to computer simulation. Simulations may be appropriate for some topics in modern physics.
Lecture Course Objectives: At the conclusion of the lecture component of this course, the student should be able to:
- Predict the future trajectory of an object moving in two dimensions with uniform acceleration.
- Analyze a physical situation with multiple constant forces acting on a point mass using Newtonian mechanics.
- Analyze a physical situation using concepts of work and energy.
- Analyze static and dynamic extended systems using the concepts of torque and angular acceleration.
- Analyze simple static charge distributions and calculate the resulting electric field and electric potential.
- Analyze simple current distributions and calculate the resulting magnetic field.
- Predict the trajectory of charged particles in uniform electric and magnetic fields.
- Analyze DC circuits in terms of current, potential difference, and power dissipation for each element.
- Analyze basic physical situations involving reflection and refraction, and use this analysis to predict the path of a light ray.
- Analyze situations involving interference and diffraction of light waves, and apply these to situations including double slits, diffraction gratings, and wide slits.
- Understand the limitations of classical physics and begin to develop an awareness of the importance of modern physics (i.e. quantum theory and special relativity) in the natural world.
Laboratory Course Objectives: At the conclusion of the laboratory component of this course, the student should be able to:
- Analyze real-world experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
- Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.
Examinations which include problem solving exercises, final examinations, projects, homework problems, laboratory reports.
*Note that not all of the methods listed are required.
Walker, James; Physics
Cutnell, John D.; Johnson, Kenneth W.; Physics
Serway, Raymond A.; Faughn, Jerry S. College Physics
Urone, Paul P.; Rinrichs, Roger. College Physics
Typical Lab Manuals:
Wilson, Jerry D.; Hernandez, Cecilia A.; Physics Laboratory Experiments
Gastineu, John; Physics with Computers
Sokoloff, David R.; Thornton, Ron; Laws, Priscilla; RealTime Physics: Active Learning Laboratories Modules 1 – 4
Laboratory manuals developed on site.
- November 30, 2018
Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB