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Final

Physics

November 30, 2018
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Algebra/TrigonometryBased Physics: AB

100


Sequence (S)

8.0

0000
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 twosemester 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.
Prior completion of a course covering Trigonometry (CID MATH 851)
 Vectors and Scalars
 Newton’s Laws
 Statics and Dynamics
 Translational Kinematics
 Rotational Kinematics
 Rotational Dynamics
 Work and Energy
 Momentum
 Gravitation
 Simple Harmonic Motion
 Mechanical Waves and Sound
 Fluids
 Laws of Thermodynamics
 Heat Engines
 Kinetic Theory
 Entropy
 Electrostatics
 Fields
 Potentials
 DC circuits
 Capacitors
 Resistivity
 Magnetism
 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 handson activities with “realworld” 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 realworld 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.
Typical Textbooks:
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.

This course is a twosemester 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 twosemester 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.