Course Description

This course covers an introduction to general physics for students who have not had physics, or who have not had physics recently. Fundamental principles of mechanics, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics are covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student can:
  1. Correctly analyze natural phenomena using the concepts of physics.
  2. Clearly communicate conceptual analyses using the language of physics.
  3. Test and analyze physical phenomena experimentally using appropriate equipment and methods, and make valid comparisons with theoretical predictions.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in lecture
  1. Motion
  2. Newton's Laws of Motion
  3. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
  4. Linear Momentum and its Conservation
  5. Energy and its Conservation
  6. The Structure of Matter and its States
  7. Heat Energy
  8. Oscillations and Waves
  9. Light
  10. Electricity
  11. Magnetism
  12. Atomic Theory
  13. Nuclear Theory

Potential Experiments Include

The following experiment may be performed in lab
  1. Measurement of Length and Mass
  2. Acceleration Due to Gravity
  3. Newton's Laws
  4. Momentum
  5. Conservation of Energy
  6. Electricity and Magnetism
  7. Optics
  8. Magnetic Field Lines