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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHYS 211
Course Title: Calculus-Based Physics I
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description: First part of a two-part calculus-based college physics sequence. The course will cover the following major areas of physics: linear, circular and rotational motion; statics; elasticity; vibrations; waves and sound. $30 lab fee. Prerequisite: MATH 201.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MATH 201.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Giancoli, D.C. (Addison-Wesley)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Serway, R.A., & Jewett, J.W. (Cengage)
Fundamentals of Physics
By Halliday, D., Resnick, R., & Walker, J. (Wiley)
Physics Laboratory Manual
By Loyd, D.H. (Cengage)
Physics Laboratory Experiments
By Wilson, J. and Hernandez-Hall (Cengage)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
By Fishbane, P., Gasiorowicz, S., and Thornton, S. (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To describe measurement, physical quantities, and systems of units.
  • To analyze motion with constant and varying acceleration.
  • To apply Newton’s laws of motion.
  • To examine work, energy, and conservation of energy.
  • To describe rotational motion, oscillatory motion, and waves.
    Measurable Learning
  • Define measurement and perform unit conversions.
  • Differentiate between fundamental and derived quantities and list the SI base units.
  • Define motion and solve problems involving accelerated motion in one and two dimensions.
  • Differentiate between scalar and vector quantities.
  • Interconvert between polar and component representations of a vector.
  • Solve problems involving relative motion.
  • State Newton’s laws of motion and apply them to problems of motion and equilibrium.
  • Calculate static and kinetic friction.
  • Describe uniform circular motion.
  • Calculate the work done by constant and varying forces.
  • State and apply the work-energy theorem.
  • Differentiate between conservative and nonconservative forces.
  • Calculate kinetic and potential energy and solve problems involving conservation of energy.
  • Define linear and angular momentum, and solve problems in which these quantities are conserved.
  • Calculate angular position, velocity, and acceleration.
  • Define torque and moment of inertia, and use the rotational version of Newton’s second law.
  • Solve problems involving static equilibrium of mechanical systems.
  • State Newton’s law of gravitation and calculate the force gravitational attraction between objects.
  • Describe simple harmonic motion, driven oscillations, and resonance.
  • Explain properties of waves and sound.
    Topical Outline:
  • Mechanics
    - Motion in one dimension
    - Vectors and two-dimensional motion
    - Laws of motion
    - Work and energy
    - Momentum and collisions
    - Circular motion and Newton’s law of gravitation
    - Rotational equilibrium and rotational dynamics
    - Elasticity of solids
  • Oscillations and waves
    - Harmonic oscillator
    - Simple pendulum
    - Waves on strings
    - Sound waves


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

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    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: August 27, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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