Mar 26, 2023
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.
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:
- Apply physical principles to everyday life problems.
- Describe the physics underlying commonly-observed phenomena.
- Evaluate explanations of physical processes by comparison to observation.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Laws of Motion, Rotational Motion, Gravity and Projectile Motion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Law of conservation of energy and momentum.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and phenomena in the fields of heat.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fluids, fluid pressure, Archimedes Principle and Pascal’s Law.
- Demonstrate knowledge of vibrations, waves, and sound.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of light, light waves, and color.
- Demonstrate knowledge of electricity and magnetism.
- Demonstrate the ability to translate common language descriptions into the language of physics and into physical diagrams.
- Demonstrate the ability to collect, evaluate, interpret, and communicate scientific information through the Scientific Method.
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