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# SRJC Course Outlines

11/13/2024 3:01:56 AM | PHYS 4A Course Outline as of Fall 2003
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CATALOG INFORMATION |
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Discipline and Nbr: PHYS 4A | Title: PHYS FOR SCI & ENGN | |

Full Title: Physics for Scientists & Engineers | ||

Last Reviewed:10/23/2023 |

Units | Course Hours per Week | Nbr of Weeks | Course Hours Total | ||||
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Maximum | 4.00 | Lecture Scheduled | 3.00 | 17.5 max. | Lecture Scheduled | 52.50 | |

Minimum | 4.00 | Lab Scheduled | 3.00 | 17 min. | Lab Scheduled | 52.50 | |

Contact DHR | 1.00 | Contact DHR | 17.50 | ||||

Contact Total | 7.00 | Contact Total | 122.50 | ||||

Non-contact DHR | 0 | Non-contact DHR Total | 0 |

Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00 | Total Student Learning Hours: 227.50 |

Grading: Grade Only

Repeatability: 00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

Also Listed As:

Formerly:

**Catalog Description:**

Measurement, vectors, translational and rotational motion, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium.

**Prerequisites/Corequisites:**

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B.

**Recommended Preparation:**

One year of high school physics or Phys 1.

**Limits on Enrollment:**

**Schedule of Classes Information**

Description:

Vectors, translational and rotational mechanics.

(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B.

Recommended:One year of high school physics or Phys 1.

Limits on Enrollment:

Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.

Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

__ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION__Associate Degree: | Effective: | Fall 1982 | Inactive: | ||

Area: | C | Natural Sciences |
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CSU GE: | Transfer Area | Effective: | Inactive: | ||

B1 | Physical Science | Fall 1982 | |||

B3 | Laboratory Activity | ||||

IGETC: | Transfer Area | Effective: | Inactive: | ||

5A | Physical Sciences | Fall 1982 | |||

5C | Fulfills Lab Requirement | ||||

CSU Transfer: | Transferable | Effective: | Fall 1982 | Inactive: | |

UC Transfer: | Transferable | Effective: | Fall 1982 | Inactive: | |

C-ID: |
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CID Descriptor: PHYS 200S | Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: ABC | SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS40 AND PHYS41 AND PHYS42 AND PHYS43 | |||

CID Descriptor: PHYS 205 | Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A | SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYS40 |

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable

__COURSE CONTENT__**Outcomes and Objectives:**

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. State the S1 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

vectors, & use the vector dot product & vector cross product where

applicable.

4. Define the concepts of displacement, velocity, & acceleration, &

give one of the three as a function of time, differentiate or

integrate to determine the other two.

5. Use graphs of displacement, velocity, & acceleration versus time to

determine instantaneous & average values of these quantities.

6. Solve problems involving uniformly accelerated motion, including

projectile motion.

7. Explain the concepts of tangential & radial acceleration in

curvilinear motion & use the concepts in problem solving.

8. Define the concepts of force & mass, explain the difference between

weight & mass, & give the units for force & weight.

9. State Newton's Laws of motion & give examples illustrating each.

10. Use Newton's second law to solve problems involving the acceleration

of masses with one or more forces (including frictional forces)

acting upon them.

11. Explain what a centripetal force is; give examples of centripetal

forces; solve problems involving motion in a circular path.

12. Define the concepts of work, energy, kinetic energy, potential

energy, & power, & give units in which each is expressed.

13. Distinguish between conservative & nonconservative forces; find

potential energy functions/forces for conservative forces; use

potential energy functions for conservative forces to locate

equilibrium positions & determine the type of equilibrium.

14. State the work-energy theorem/principle of conservation of energy,

& use the theorem/principle in problem solving (including

translational & rotational motion).

15. Determine the location of the center of mass of a system of particles

& of a continuous body; calculate the velocity & acceleration of the

center of mass of a system of particles.

16. Define linear momentum & impulse; give units for each; state the

principle of conservation of linear momentum; & solve problems

involving momentum, impulse & conservation of linear momentum.

17. Describe what occurs in an elastic, partially elastic & perfectly

inelastic collision; solve problems involving collisions in one &

two dimensions.

18. Define angular displacement, angular velocity & angular acceleration;

give units in which they are expressed; & solve problems involving

uniformly accelerated angular motion.

19. Define the concept of moment of inertia; calculate the moment of

inertia about a given axis for a system of particles; calculate the

moment of inertia for solid objects using integration & the parallel

axis theorem.

20. Define torque & angular momentum; determine directions of torque,

angular momentum, angular velocity & angular acceleration when

considered as vectors; use torque & angular momentum vectors to

determine the direction of precession of gyroscopes & tops.

21. State the principle of conservation of angular momentum; give

examples illustrating the principle; & use the principle in problem

solving.

22. Solve problems involving motion of rolling bodies both without &

with slipping.

23. Describe the conditions necessary for static equilibrium & solve

problems involving static equilibrium of a rigid body.

Numbers 24 - 27 (fluid mechanics) are optional as time allows:

24. 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; calculate the force

on a surface over which the pressure is not constant.

25. State Pascal's principle, give examples of its application, & use

it to solve problems.

26. Define buoyant force, state Archimedes' principle, & use it in

problem solving.

27. Give examples which illustrate the application of Bernoulli's

equation & use it & the equation of continuity in problem solving.

**Topics and Scope**

Topics covered include:

1. Measurement and units.

2. Vectors.

3. Motion in one and two dimensions.

4. Newton's Laws of motion.

5. Work and energy.

6. Conservation of energy.

7. Linear momentum and collisions.

8. Rotational motion.

9. Torque and angular momentum.

10. Equilibrium of rigid bodies.

11. Fluid mechanics. (Optional as time allows.)

Lab work includes:

1. Using calipers, stop watches, meter sticks, etc. to make

measurements on mechanical systems.

2. Using computers and motion detectors, force probes, etc. to

make measurements on mechanical systems.

3. Using computers and motion detectors, force probes, etc. to

develop concepts of force and motion.

4. Using spreadsheets to record data and to calculate

experimental results.

5. Constructing graphs using computer graphing programs.

6. Error analysis.

7. Numerical and graphical analysis of data.

**Assignments:**

1. No less than twelve sets of homework problems.

2. Zero to fifteen quizzes.

3. No less than three mid-term exams.

4. No less than 12 laboratory experiments.

5. 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% |
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None | |||

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 10 - 30% |
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Homework problems, Lab reports | |||

Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams. | Skill Demonstrations 0 - 0% |
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None | |||

Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams. | Exams 50 - 70% |
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Multiple choice, Physics problems to solve, quizzes and exams. | |||

Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories. | Other Category 20 - 30% |
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Attendance at problem sessions, Lab reports, group work in class. |

**Representative Textbooks and Materials:**

Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway & Beichner, 5th edition,

Saunders 2000