SRJC Course Outlines

6/2/2023 9:04:20 AMPHYS 40 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYS 40Title:  CLASSICAL MECHANICS  
Full Title:  Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
Last Reviewed:5/14/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled3.008 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 course employs vectors and calculus to investigate translational and rotational motion, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium and universal gravitation. Intended for science and engineering students.

Completion of MATH 1A or higher (MATH)

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

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course employs vectors and calculus to investigate translational and rotational motion, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium and universal gravitation. Intended for science and engineering students.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of MATH 1A or higher (MATH)
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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Apply physical principles and laws of classical mechanics to analyze and solve physics
    problems in mechanics through critical thinking, mathematical modeling, and laboratory
2.  Design and assemble apparatuses to measure physical phenomena.
3.  Analyze and make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory.
4.  Effectively communicate ideas and processes of physics.

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During this course, students will:
1.   Apply the SI (Systeme International) units and metric prefixes to the solution of problems in
2.   Use vectors to represent vector quantities in mechanics and use vector operations to solve
     mechanics problems.
3.   Relate the kinematics concepts and graphs of displacement, velocity, and acceleration versus
     time using integration, and differentiation.
4.   Solve one and two dimensional kinematics problems including free fall, projectile, and
     circular motion.
5.   Explain the concepts of force, inertia, and mass and apply Newton's laws to solve problems in
     linear and circular motion.
6.   Describe the concepts of work, energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, and power, and use
     them to solve translational and rotational mechanics problems.
7.   Use the concepts of linear momentum and impulse to solve problems involving elastic,
     inelastic, and perfectly inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.
8.   Use the concepts of moment of inertia, torque, and angular momentum to solve problems
     involving rotating and rolling objects and systems.
9.   Calculate moments of inertia for systems of particles and solids using the parallel axis
     theorem and integration.
10. Describe the conditions necessary for static equilibrium and solve problems involving static
     equilibrium of rigid bodies in two dimensions.
11. Apply Kepler's Laws and Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation to solve problems
     involving planetary motion and the launching and orbit of satellites.
12. Place the significant advancements in mechanics on an historical timeline and within a
     developmental context.
Lab Objectives:
1. Develop and conduct experiments that apply the scientific method and error analysis to
    explore principles in mechanics.
2. Use manual and computerized data collection techniques to measure and analyze parameters
    related to mechanics.
3. Plot, curve fit, and interpret data using a spreadsheet or another analysis tool.

Topics and Scope
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I. Measurement and Units
    A. SI (Systeme International)
     B. Metric prefixes
    C. Common conversions
II. Vectors
    A. Vector components
    B. Vector addition
    C. Dot product
    D. Cross product
III. Motion in One and Two Dimensions
    A. Displacement, velocity, acceleration definitions
    B. Instantaneous and average values of quantities
    C. Integration and differentiation of motion graphs
    D. Free-fall, projectile and circular motion
IV. Newton's Laws of Motion
    A. Newton's First Law and static equilibrium
    B. Newton's Second Law and linear and rotational dynamics
    C. Newton's Third Law and the interactions of objects
V. Work and Energy
    A. Definitions of work, kinetic energy and potential energy
    B. Conservative and non-conservative forces
    C. Conservation of energy
    D. Power
    E. Work-Energy Theorem
VI. Linear Momentum and Impulse
    A. Definitions
     B. Conservation of linear momentum
    C. Elastic and inelastic collisions
    D. Impulse-Momentum Theorem
VII. Rotational Motion
    A. Angular position, velocity and acceleration
    B. Torque
    C. Moments of inertia
    D. Angular momentum
    E. Conservation of angular momentum
    F. Newton's Second Law for rotational motion
VIII. Static Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies in Two Dimensions
IX.   Universal Gravitation
    A. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
    B. Kepler's Laws
    C. Gravitational field and potential energy
X.   Historical Development of Physics
XI.  Fluid Mechanics (Optional, as time allows.)
    A. Pressure-depth relationship and Pascal's Law
    B. Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle
    C. Fluid dynamics and Bernoulli's Equation
Lab Topics:
I. Laboratory Safety and Procedures
II. Writing Lab Reports
III. Measurement Techniques for Mechanical Systems
    A. Manual data collection with calipers, stop watches, meter sticks, etc.
    B. Computerized data collection with motion detectors, force probes, etc.
IV. Data Processing and Graphing Results with Spreadsheets
V. Error Analysis

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Homework problem sets (12-30)
2. Quizzes (5-15)
3. Mid-term exams (3-5)
4. Reading (20-30 pages per week)
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory experiments (12-16)
2. Written lab reports (12-16)
Lecture- and Lab-Related Assignments:
1. 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
5 - 10%
Written lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 35%
Homework problems, lab 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 - 75%
Quizzes, exams, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics. 10th ed. Serway, Raymond and Jewett, John. Cengage Learning. 2019

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