PHSC 0115 - General Physics I

Credits: 4

Newtonian mechanics is the dominant theme of General Physics I. Motion is explored and described graphically using inquiry-based, real-time data collection with computer-based probes. This kinematic description of motion is then connected to a dynamic description through Newton’s laws and the forces causing the motion. Conservation laws, energy, momentum, collisions, and rotational motion are also considered. Material is explored using a student-centered, inquiry approach melding laboratory and more traditional approaches. Three longer activities emphasizing experimental design and data collection are undertaken across the semester in addition to the daily explorations. Mathematical prerequisites are high school algebra and trigonometry. The concepts of slope and area under the curve are used throughout the course, but formal calculus is not required. Three two-hour meetings per week.

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