Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. State the SI units for length, time & mass, identify the powers of
10 associated with the most common metric prefixes, & change a
quantity from one set of units to another.
2. Explain the difference between scalar & vector quantities & give
examples of each.
3. Use vector addition methods to determine the sum of two or more
4. Define the concepts of velocity & acceleration & explain the
difference between average & instantaneous values of velocity
5. Solve problems involving uniformly accelerated motion, including
6. Define the concepts of force & mass, explain the difference between
weight & mass, & give the units for force & weight.
7. State Newton's laws of motion & give examples illustrating each.
8. Use Newton's second law to solve problems involving the acceleration
of masses with one or more forces (including frictional forces)
acting upon them.
9. Define the concepts of work, energy, kinetic energy, potential energy,
& power, & give units in which each is expressed.
10. State the principle of conservation of energy, give examples
illustrating the principle, & use the principle in problem solving
(including rotational kinetic energy).
11. Define linear momentum, give units for it, state the principle of
conservation of momentum, give examples illustrating the principle,
& use the principle in problem solving.
12. Define torque, give units for it, & compute the torques about a given
axis due to a given force.
13. Explain the concept of center of mass and/or center of gravity;
describe the conditions necessary for static equilibrium, & solve
problems involving equilibrium.
14. Explain the concepts of centripetal force & centripetal acceleration,
explain the role of centripetal force in uniform circular motion, &
use the concepts in solving problems.
15. Define angular displacement, angular velocity & angular acceleration;
give units in which they are expressed; & solve problems involving
uniformly accelerated angular motion.
16. Explain the concepts of rotational inertia & angular momentum, state
the principle of conservation of angular momentum, give examples
illustrating the principle, & use the principle in problem solving.
17. Define pressure, give units for pressure, explain the difference
between gauge pressure & absolute pressure, calculate the pressure
at a given depth in an incompressible fluid.
18. State Pascal's principle, give examples of its application, & use it
to solve problems.
19. Define buoyant force, state Archimedes' principle, & use it in
20. Give examples which illustrate the application of Bernoulli's
equation & use it in problem solving.
21. Explain what makes a motion simple harmonic motion; define the terms:
amplitude, frequency, period; solve problems involving masses on
springs & simple pendulums.
22. Explain what a wave is & define the terms: longitudinal, transverse,
frequency, wavelength, & amplitude as they apply to waves.
23. Demonstrate an understanding of the Doppler effect & solve problems
involving the Doppler effect for moving sources & moving observers.
24. Explain the concept of interference of waves & the production of
beats, & calculate beat frequencies.
25. Explain what resonance is, sketch wave patterns for & solve
problems involving standing waves in vibrating strings & air columns.
26. Give values for the freezing & boiling points of water on the Celsius,
Fahrenheit & Kelvin scales, & convert from one temperature scale
27. Demonstrate an understanding of thermal expansion & the coefficient
of thermal expansion, & solve problems involving thermal expansion of
solids, liquids, & gases.
28. Define the concepts of heat, specific heat & latent heat, & use the
concepts in problem solving.
29. List the 3 methods of heat transfer & solve problems involving
30. List the properties of an ideal gas & solve problems using the ideal
31. Use the kinetic molecular theory to explain the molecular meaning of
absolute temperature & calculate the kinetic energy & speed of gas
32. State the second law of the thermodynamics, explain what an adiabatic
process is, describe the Carnot cycle, & solve problems involving the
second law of thermodynamics, Carnot cycle, & efficiency of heat