
PH 2011  Physics I  Mechanics3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits Course Description This course is a calculus based introduction to mechanics. Topics include: linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, work, energy, and momentum. The mathematical level of this course includes the use of vector algebra and elementary applications of differential and integral calculus. The laboratory part of the course emphasizes measurement precision, experimental technique, analysis of data, and report writing. Together with Physics II and Physics III (PH 2021 and PH 2031 ), this course provides one year of university level physics. No more than 4 credits can be counted in any combination with PH 113 or PH 130 . (prereq: one year of high school physics with a grade of B) (coreq: MA 136 or MA 136A ) Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Be able to use calculus to develop kinematics equations for the position, velocity, and acceleration of an object as a function of time, and use these to solve kinematic problems
 Be able to use Newton’s Second Law of Motion to solve dynamics problems
 Be able to identify forces related to each other through Newton’s Third Law of Motion
 Be able to determine the work done on an object
 Be able to use the WorkKinetic Energy Theorem to solve problems
 Be able to use the Conservation of Energy Principle and Conservation of Linear Momentum
 Be able to use the gravitational force law to solve dynamics problems
 Be able to relate the gravitational potential energy to the idea of a gravitational field
 Be able to evaluate the behavior of simple harmonic motion
 Be able to develop the kinematics equations for the angular velocity and angular acceleration of an object as functions of time, and use these to solve rotational kinematics problems
 Be able to evaluate the torque on a system and determine the angular acceleration and the moment of inertia of an object
Prerequisites by Topic
 Be able to perform arithmetic operations using scientific notation and significant figures
 Be able to convert from one set of units to another (SI and British)
 Be able to resolve a vector into its components, and add and subtract vectors
 Be able to solve onedimensional kinematics problems with constant acceleration, and to understand the difference between velocity and speed
 Be able to perform basic laboratory techniques involving measurements, graphing, and error analysis
 Be able to evaluate the derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions
 Be able to interpret the derivatives (and slopes of graphs) in terms of position, velocity, and acceleration of a moving particle
Course Topics
 One dimensional kinematics with constant acceleration (1 class)
 Kinematics in two dimensions with constant or nonconstant acceleration (4 classes)
 Application of Newton’s Laws of Motion, for both static and dynamic problems (9 classes)
 Work & Energy, Impulse & Momentum (6 classes)
 Simple harmonic motion (1 class)
 Gravitation (3 classes)
 Torque and angular motion (3 classes)
 Testing (3 classes)
Laboratory Topics
 An object in free fall
 Projectile motion
 Uncertainties in Measurements; graphical analysis
 Propagation of Uncertainties
 Friction
 Free fall with air resistance
 Conservation of mechanical energy
 Work and Energy
 Oscillatory motion
 Experimental design and analysis
Coordinator Robert Olsson
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