2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHY 150 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

PHY 1121.
Description: Principles of mechanics. Kinematics, dynamics, systems of particles, equilibrium, fluids, gravitation, and oscillations, with calculus applications. For engineering and physics majors.

Prerequisites: MAT 220 . One year of high school physics or PHY 111 /PHY 112  is strongly recommended. Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 5
Lecture: 4
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Kinematics and dynamics of individual particles and systems of particles.
  2. Newton's laws of motion
  3. Linear and rotational motion
  4. Kinetic and potential energy
  5. Work
  6. Collisions
  7. Gravitation
  8. Equilibrium and statics
  9. Fluid statics and dynamics
  10. Oscillations
  11. Conservation laws: linear momentum, angular momentum, energy

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate qualitatively and quantitatively the kinematics and dynamics of constant velocity motion, constant acceleration motion, projectile motion, uniform circular motion, collisions and explosions, rotational motion, equilibrium, orbital motion, and simple harmonic motion. (1-8, 10,11)
  2. Analyze the behavior of ideal fluids. (9)
  3. Apply Newton's laws to physical problems. (2,3,7,10) 
  4. Apply conservation laws to physical problems. (11)
  5. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-11)
  6. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (1-11)
  7. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical presentation of scientific data. (1-11) 
  8. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (1-11) 
  9. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-11)

Required Assessment:
  1. Convey the intent, method and result of a laboratory experiment in writing.