1. Define the physics quantities used in mechanics including: displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, energy, work, power, momentum, and impulse.
2. Identify the major unit systems and convert between them.
3. Organize and interpret written problem statements.
4. Describe basic concepts in mechanics and selected additional physics topics.
5. Generate and/or interpret graphs of physics quantities related to mechanics.
6. Generate free body diagrams and use them in the correct application of Newton's Laws.
7. Apply the equations of mechanics to the solution of selected simple physics problems.
8. Apply interpersonal skills to work in teams to solve physics problems.
1. Problem solving tools, strategies, and algorithms
a. Interpretation of written problem statements
b. Written description or analysis of applicable physics concepts
c. Choice of appropriate mathematical models and equations
d. Organization of information and assignment of variables
e. Interpretation and generation of diagrams and graphs
2. Units and dimensional analysis
a. The international system (SI)
b. The centimeter, gram, second system (CGS)
c. The British engineering system (BE)
d. Common metric prefixes
e. Conversion of units
f. Unit consistency in equations
3. One dimensional kinematics
a. Concepts, definitions, and units of displacement, velocity and acceleration
b. Graphs of displacement, velocity and acceleration versus time
c. Slopes of displacement and velocity versus time graphs and areas
under velocity and acceleration versus time graphs
d. Equations for uniformly accelerated motion in one dimension
e. Freefall body problem analysis
4. Vectors and trigonometry
a. Scalar and vector quantities
b. Components of vectors and right triangle trigonometry
c. Sums of vectors
5. Two dimensional kinematics
a. Separation of coordinate directions
b. Equations of two dimensional kinematics
c. Projectile motion
6. Forces and Newton's laws of motion
a. Concepts. definitions, and units of mass, force and weight
b. Newton's third law and force interactions between objects
c. Newton's first law and the construction of free body diagrams
d. One and two dimensional statics
e. Newton's second law and free body diagrams with acceleration
f. One and two dimensional linear dynamics
7. Work, energy, and power
a. Concepts, definitions, and units of work, energy, and power
b. Calculation of work done using force and displacement data and graphs
c. Kinetic and potential energy
d. Conservative and non-conservative forces
e. Conservation of energy
f. Computation of power
Optional Physics Topics:
Faculty should choose 2-6 additional topics of interest to broaden exposure and encourage further investigations, such as:
8. Impulse and momentum
9. Newton's universal law of gravity
10. Rotational kinematics and dynamics
11. Simple harmonic motion
12. Fluids, statics and dynamics
13. Temperature, heat, thermodynamics
14. Waves and sound
15. Electricity and magnetism
19. Fusion and Fission
20. Special relativity
21. Subatomic particles
Serway/Vuille, Essentials of College Physics, Thompson/Brooks/Cole, 2007
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