Mar 26, 2023
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# PHY 1110A - Physics I - Mechanics and Thermodynamics

4 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Calculus-level physics course, topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, simple wave theory, and special relativity. This course meets the following Raider Core CLO requirement: Think Critically. (prereq: none) (coreq: MTH 1110 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Apply calculus to kinematic quantities such as the position, velocity, and acceleration vectors of an object as a function of time
• Apply Newton’s laws of motion to solve statics and dynamics problems
• Identify forces related to each other through Newton’s third law of motion
• Compute work and apply the work-kinetic energy theorem
• Apply the conservation of energy to solve problems
• Calculate linear momentum and apply the conservation of linear momentum to solve problems
• Apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation to solve problems
• Apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation to calculate gravitational field, gravitational force, and gravitational potential energy
• Analyze simple harmonic systems, relating properties like period and frequency for periodic systems
• Solve rotational kinematics problems by using the kinematic equations for constant angular acceleration or using calculus to relate angular kinematic quantities as functions of time
• Calculate torque (evaluating the vector cross product if required) and relate it to moment of inertia and the angular acceleration of an object
• Apply the standing and traveling wave equations and be able to extract information such as wavelength, frequency, amplitude, and direction from a given wave
• State Einstein’s two postulates of special relativity, relate them to time dilation, length contraction, mass-energy conversions, and relativistic momentum and energy, and be able to perform calculations involving them
• Relate temperature and the first law of thermodynamics to heat energy to thermodynamic processes
• Use kinetics to relate microscopic quantities like RMS speed and RMS molecular kinetic energy to macroscopic quantities like pressure and temperature
• Use the ideal gas law to perform calculations relating pressure, temperature, volume, number density, and molecular kinetic energy
• Calculate both analytically and graphically (PV diagrams) the heat, internal energy and work done when a gas undergoes constant temperature, constant pressure, constant volume, adiabatic, and cyclic processes

Prerequisites by Topic
• None

Course Topics
• Position, velocity, acceleration
• Newton’s laws of motion
• Work done on an object
• Kinetic energy and potential energy
• Gravitational field and force
• Momentum
• Conservation of energy and linear momentum
• Collisions in 1 and 2 dimensions
• Simple harmonic motion
• Torque
• Moment of inertia
• Time dilation and length contraction
• Relativistic kinetic energy, velocity and momentum
• Mass - energy equivalence
• 1 dimensional transverse sinusoidal waves
• Superposition of sinusoidal waves
• Temperature including absolute temperature
• Thermal equilibrium and the zeroth law of thermodynamics
• Heat transfer by conduction
• Heat transfer by radiation including Blackbody radiation, Wien’s law and Stefan’s law
• Ideal gas law and kinetic theory of gasses
• Specific heat and latent heat
• First law of thermodynamics including PV diagrams in thermodynamic processes

Laboratory Topics
• Uncertainties in measurements
• Free fall
• Projectile motion
• Friction
• Air resistance
• Work and energy
• Momentum and energy in collisions
• Heat transfer