SRJC Course Outlines

6/21/2024 3:36:00 PMPHYS 20L Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 20LTitle:  GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I  
Full Title:  General Physics Lab Part I
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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHYS 3A

Catalog Description:
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Laboratory experiments to accompany Physics 20.

Course Completion or Current Enrollment in PHYS 20 ( or PHYS 2A)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Lab experiments to accompany Physics 20.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in PHYS 20 ( or PHYS 2A)
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: 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 this course students will be able to:
1.  Set up and perform a number of physics experiments using balances, calipers, and thermometers, as well as computers with motion detectors, force probes, temperature probes and microphones.
2.  Use Excel spreadsheets to record data and calculate experimental results, and use computer graphing programs to construct graphs and analyze these data.
3.  Apply 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 momentum and energy.
5.  Use the principle of conservation of energy to determine moments of inertia.
6.  Measure the velocity of standing waves in strings and sound in resonating air columns.
7.  Determine the coefficient of linear expansion for metal rods.
8.  Measure the specific heat of metals.
9.  Write formal lab reports.  

Topics and Scope
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1.  Measurements
2. Data analysis, calculations and graphing, using Excel spreadsheets
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 formal or group report for each experiment
3.  0-10 quizzes
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
60 - 90%
Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
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
10 - 40%
Quizzes, and final exam
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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Instructor prepared lab manual

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