NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2024  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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PHYS 1050 - Concepts of Physics

This course develops a qualitative understanding of and methods for clear communication about physical principles. The main domains of classical physics, namely mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and optics are covered.  A laboratory experience is also included in this course.

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

General Education Requirement: Physical Science
Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.

MATH 0930 Intermediate Algebra or MATH 1000 Problem Solving with a grade of “C” or better, or placement into a higher level mathematics course.

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of PHYS 1050 Concepts of Physics, the student will:

  1. Apply physical principles to everyday life problems.
  2. Describe the physics underlying commonly-observed phenomena.
  3. Evaluate explanations of physical processes by comparison to observation.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the Laws of Motion, Rotational Motion, Gravity and Projectile Motion.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the Law of conservation of energy and momentum.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and phenomena in the fields of heat.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of fluids, fluid pressure, Archimedes Principle and Pascal’s Law.
  8.  Demonstrate knowledge of vibrations, waves, and sound.
  9.  Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of light, light waves, and color.
  10.  Demonstrate knowledge of electricity and magnetism.
  11.  Demonstrate the ability to translate common language descriptions into the language of physics and into physical diagrams.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to collect, evaluate, interpret, and communicate scientific information through the Scientific Method.

Program Outcomes
Engineering Technology AAS

PO#4 Communicate scientific and mathematical information effectively, with content specialists.

PO#8 Apply relevant techniques, skills, and engineering technology tools to solve problems.

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