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Physics 201: General Physics I

This Fall semester course is a survey of the general principles of mechanics, sound and heat. It is designed for:

  1. those students whose curriculum requires a one-year course in physics (pre-medical, pre-dental, architecture, agriculture, radio communication);
  2. engineering students who have not had high school phsycis;
  3. students who have an intereest in the filed of physics and select it to satisfy the science requirement of their curriculum.

The main objective of the course is to acquaint the student with the experimental method, to develop laboratory skills, and to present the student with an organized body of knowledge related to physical phenomena encountered in the student's life.

  1. Perform order-of-magnitude calculations and solve dimensional problems using proper units.
  2. Solve motion problems using the properties of cectors in one- and two-dimensions.
  3. Apply Newton's Three Laws of Motion to solve a variety of problems for linear and circular motion.
  4. Use Conservation Laws of Energy, Momentum, and Angular Momentum to solve problems for linear and rotational motion and collisions.
  5. Apply the concepts of heat, heat transfer, thermal enregy, and conservation of energy to solve problems involving temperature changes.
  6. Apply the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics to analyze problems dealing with mechanical energy, thermal energy, and work.
  7. Analyze a multitude of physical situations that involve waves and oscillations.
  8. Apply the concepts of waves to analyze problems involving sound.