SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2023 5:58:03 PMPHYS 20 Course Outline as of Summer 2016

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 20Title:  GENERAL PHYSICS PART I  
Full Title:  General Physics Lecture Part I
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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 2A

Catalog Description:
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Translational and rotational motion, statics, conservation of momentum and energy, oscillations, mechanical waves and sound, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics.  

Completion of MATH 27 or higher (V2) OR Course Completion of MATH 25 and MATH 58

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PHYS 1 or Completion of high school physics

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Laws of motion, energy, momentum, thermodynamics, sound and waves.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of MATH 27 or higher (V2) OR Course Completion of MATH 25 and MATH 58
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PHYS 1 or Completion of high school physics
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 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 the course, the student will be able to: 
1. Convert to and from various units.
2. Perform algebraic operations with scalars and vectors.
3. Predict the future trajectory of an object in two dimensions with uniform acceleration.
4. State Newton's laws of motion and analyze a physical situation with multiple constant forces acting on a point mass using Newtonian mechanics.
5. Identify various forms of energy and analyze a physical situation using concepts of work and energy.
6. Define momentum and use conservation of momentum principle to solve problems related to elastic and inelastic collisions.
7. Describe and analyze static and dynamic extended systems using the concepts of torque and angular acceleration.
8. Define physical properties of solids and fluids, pressure and buoyant force.
9. Explain laws of thermodynamics and the physics of heat, temperature and thermal energy.
10. Describe concepts of waves, vibration and oscillation, and discuss their applications in the analysis of pendulum, sound and interference.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Vectors and scalars
2.  Translational kinematics
3.  Newton's laws
4.  Work and energy
5.  Momentum
6.  Torque and static equilibrium
7.  Rotational kinematics
8.  Solids and Fluids
9.  Mechanical waves and sound
10. Simple harmonic motion
11. Laws of thermodynamics and heat engines
12. Kinetic theory

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1.   Homework problem sets (12 - 20)
2.  Quizzes (0 - 15)
3.  Exams (3 - 5)
4.  Final exam
5.  Reading 20-40 pages per week

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
15 - 35%
Homework problem sets
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
65 - 85%
Quizzes, objective and problem solving exams
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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Essentials of College Physics by Serway/Vuille, Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2007 (classic text)
Physics by Cutnell and Johnson, 9th edition, Wiley, 2012
College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones, & Field, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2014

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