SRJC Course Outlines

4/18/2024 11:52:41 PMPHYS 3A Course Outline as of Fall 1999

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Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 3ATitle:  GENERAL PHYSICS LAB  
Full Title:  General Physics Lab
Last Reviewed:11/17/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Laboratory experiments to accompany Physics 2A.

Phys 2A completed or in progress.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Lab experiments to accompany Physics 2A.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Phys 2A completed or in progress.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B3Laboratory ActivityFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5CFulfills Lab RequirementFall 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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1.  Set up & perform a number of physics experiments
using balances, calipers, meter sticks,
thermometers, stop watches as well as computers
with motion detectors, force probes, temperature
probes and microphones.
2.  Use spreadsheets to record data and calculate
experimental results, and use computer graphing
programs to construct graphs and analyze data.
3.  Develop concepts of linear motion, simple harmonic
motion, force, impulse and momentum using motion
detectors and force probes.
4.  Verify basic physics principles such as Newton•s
second and third laws of motion and conservation of
5.  Use the principle of conservation of energy to
determine moments of inertia.
6.  Explain the three classes of levers and their
mechanical advantage.
7.  Measure the velocity of standing waves in strings
and sound in resonating air columns.
8.  Determine the coefficient of linear expansion for
metal rods.
9.  Measure the specific heat of a metal.
10. Write a formal lab report.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Measurements and using spreadsheet to enter data and calculate
2.  Graphical analysis of experimental data using computer graphing
3.  Motion in one dimension including uniformly accelerated motion.
4.  Projectile motion.
5.  Impulse, momentum and conservation of momentum.
6.  Torque and levers.
7.  Moment of inertia.
8.  Simple harmonic motion.
9.  Sound waves.
10. Standing waves in strings and air columns.
11. Coefficient of linear expansion.
12. Specific heat.

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1.  No less than 12 laboratory experiments.
2.  One mid-term exam.
3.  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%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Lab reports, 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
20 - 30%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
70 - 80%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics Laboratory Experiments by Wilson, 4th Edition, 1994, D.C. Heath &

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