NWCCD 2020-21 Catalog 
    Apr 01, 2023  
NWCCD 2020-21 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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PHYS 1310 - College Physics I

This course applies the tools of trigonometry, algebra, vectors and differential and integral calculus to the analysis of classical mechanics, gravitation and mechanical waves. Laboratory sessions will illustrate principles studied.

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

General Education Requirement: Physical Science
MATH 2200 - Calculus I with a grade of “C” or better or instructor consent.

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of PHYS 1310 College Physics I, the student will:

  1. Apply appropriate mathematical strategies to solve problems in physics to include trigonometry, algebra and calculus.
  2. Apply appropriate conceptual physics strategies to solve problems in physics.
  3. Make accurate laboratory measurements of physical phenomenon.
  4. Define the fundamental laws and principles encompassing Newtonian mechanics and gravitation.
  5. Explain the fundamental principles that apply to the study of mechanical waves.
  6. Employ the scientific method in physical and numeric problem-solving strategies. 
  7. Apply the concepts of readability, sensitivity, accuracy, precision, and uncertainty in a laboratory setting.
  8. Distinguishing between random and systematic errors; error propagation in formula manipulation and in numerical iterations.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in minimizing or maximizing errors in a laboratory setting.
  10. Identify how physics influences and is influenced by contemporary society.

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