SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 10:01:27 AMPHYS 2A Course Outline as of Fall 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 2ATitle:  GENERAL PHYS LECT  
Full Title:  General Physics Lecture
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Translational and rotational motion, statics, conservation of momentum and energy, oscillations, mechanical waves and sound, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics. C/B1 (CAN PHYS 2)

Math 27 (formerly Math 57) or equivalent with grade of "C" or better and not open to students enrolled in or who have completed Phys 4A or Phys 4B.

Recommended Preparation:
Phys 1 or high school physics.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: (Grade or P/NP)
Prerequisites:Math 27 (formerly Math 57) or equivalent with grade of "C" or better and not open to students enrolled in or who have completed Phys 4A or Phys 4B.
Recommended:Phys 1 or high school physics.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2021
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2021
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 100S Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS20 AND PHYS20L AND PHYS21 AND PHYS21L OR PHYS20A AND PHYS20B
 CID Descriptor: PHYS 105 Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics A SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS20 AND PHYS20L OR PHYS20A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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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
   & acceleration.
5.  Solve problems involving uniformly accelerated motion, including
   projectile motion.
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
   problem solving.
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
   to another.
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
   heat transfer.
30. List the properties of an ideal gas & solve problems using the ideal
   gas laws.
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

Topics and Scope
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Topics covered include:
1.  Measurement and vectors.
2.  Uniformly accelerated motion.
3.  Newton's Laws of motion.
4.  Work and energy.
5.  Momentum.
6.  Torque and static equilibrium.
7.  Rotational motion.
8.  Fluid mechanics.
9.  Wave motion and sound.
10. Vibratory motion.
11. Temperature and the gas laws.
12. Thermal energy, thermal expansion, heat transfer.
13. Thermodynamics.

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1.  No less than twelve sets of homework problems.
2.  Zero to fifteen quizzes
3.  No less than three mid-term exams
4.  Final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 35%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 85%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics by Cutnell & Johnson, 5th edition, Wiley, 2000

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