SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 11:59:57 PMPHYS 40 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 40Title:  CLASSICAL MECHANICS  
Full Title:  Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
Last Reviewed:10/23/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total122.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHYS 4A

Catalog Description:
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This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include measurement, vectors, translational and rotational motion, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium.

Course Completion of MATH 1A

Recommended Preparation:
One year of high school physics or PHYS 1.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This is a course intended for scientists and engineers and will include measurement, vectors, translational and rotational motion, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of MATH 1A
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


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1982
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1982
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1982
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1982Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1982Inactive:
 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: Major Applicable Course


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 Systems International (SI) units for length, time and mass,
    identify the powers of ten associated with the most common metric
    prefixes, and change a quantity from one set of units to another.
2.   Explain the difference between scalar and vector quantities and give
    examples of each.
3.   Use vector addition methods to determine the sum of two or more
    vectors, and use the vector dot product and vector cross product
    where applicable.
4.   Define the concepts of displacement, velocity, and acceleration, and
    give one of the three as a function of time, differentiate or
    integrate to determine the other two.
5.   Use graphs of displacement, velocity, and acceleration versus time to
    determine instantaneous and average values of these quantities.
6.   Solve problems involving uniformly accelerated motion, including
    projectile motion.
7.   Explain the concepts of tangential and radial acceleration in
    curvilinear motion and use the concepts in problem solving.
8.   Define the concepts of force and mass, explain the difference between
    weight and mass, and give the units for force and weight.
9.   State Newton's Laws of motion and 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, and power, and give units in which each is expressed.
13.  Distinguish between conservative and nonconservative forces; find
    potential energy functions/forces for conservative forces; use
    potential energy functions for conservative forces to locate
    equilibrium positions and determine the type of equilibrium.
14.  State the work-energy theorem/principle of conservation of energy,
    and use the theorem/principle in problem solving (including
    translational and rotational motion).
15.  Determine the location of the center of mass of a system of particles
    and of a continuous body; calculate the velocity and acceleration of
    the center of mass of a system of particles.
16.  Define linear momentum and impulse; give units for each; state the
    principle of conservation of linear momentum; and solve problems
    involving momentum, impulse and conservation of linear momentum.
17.  Describe what occurs in an elastic, partially elastic and perfectly
    inelastic collision; solve problems involving collisions in one and
    two dimensions.
18.  Define angular displacement, angular velocity and angular
    acceleration; give units in which they are expressed; and solve
    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 and parallel
    axis theorem.
20.  Define torque and angular momentum; determine directions of torque,
    angular momentum, angular velocity and angular acceleration when
    considered as vectors; use torque and angular momentum vectors to
    determine the direction of precession of gyroscopes and tops.
21.  State the principle of conservation of angular momentum; give
    examples illustrating the principle; and use the principle in problem
22.  Solve problems involving motion of rolling bodies both without and
    with slipping.
23.  Describe the conditions necessary for static equilibrium and 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 and 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, and use
    it to solve problems.
26.  Define buoyant force, state Archimedes' principle, and use it in
    problem solving.
27.  Give examples which illustrate the application of Bernoulli's
    equation and use it and the equation of continuity in problem solving

Topics and Scope
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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.

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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.  No less than 12 laboratory experiments.
5.  Final exam.
6.  Lab Reports.

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
10 - 30%
Homework problems, Experiments.
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
50 - 70%
Multiple choice, Physics problems to solve
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 30%
Attendance at problem sessions, Lab reports, group work in class.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway & Beichner, 6th edition,
Saunders 2003

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