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Discipline and Nbr:
PHYS 1  Title:
INTRO PBLM SOLVING 

Full Title:
Introduction to Physics Problem Solving 
Last Reviewed:8/26/2024 
Units  Course Hours per Week   Nbr of Weeks  Course Hours Total 
Maximum  3.00  Lecture Scheduled  3.00  17.5 max.  Lecture Scheduled  52.50 
Minimum  3.00  Lab Scheduled  0  6 min.  Lab Scheduled  0 
 Contact DHR  0   Contact DHR  0 
 Contact Total  3.00   Contact Total  52.50 

 Noncontact DHR  0   Noncontact DHR Total  0 
 Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00  Total 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
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Catalog Description:
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An introduction to some basic concepts in physics with emphasis on the development of problem solving skills. This course is designed to assist students in preparing for enrollment in Physics 2A or Physics 4A.
Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Math 155. Credit will not be granted to students who have completed Phys 2A, Phys 4A, or equivalent.
Recommended Preparation:
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Description:
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Introduction to basic concepts in physics with emphasis on problem solving skills. Assists students in preparing for PHYS 2A or 4A.
(Grade or P/NP)
Prerequisites:Math 155. Credit will not be granted to students who have completed Phys 2A, Phys 4A, or equivalent.
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00  Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Associate Degree:  Effective:  Fall 1981
 Inactive:  Fall 2009

Area:  B MC
 Communication and Analytical Thinking Math Competency


CSU GE:  Transfer Area   Effective:  Inactive: 
 B1  Physical Science  Fall 1996  

IGETC:  Transfer Area   Effective:  Inactive: 

CSU Transfer:  Transferable  Effective:  Fall 1994  Inactive:  

UC Transfer:  Transferable  Effective:  Fall 1994  Inactive:  

CID: 
Certificate/Major Applicable:
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
COURSE CONTENT
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 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. Define the concepts of displacement, velocity and acceleration;
sketch graphs of displacement, velocity and acceleration versus
time given a description of a motion; and describe the motion from
graphs of displacement velocity and acceleration.
3. Use graphs of displacement velocity and acceleration versus time
to determine changes in these quantities and instantaneous and
average values of these quantities, including determining slopes
of graphs and areas under graphs.
4. Solve problems involving uniformly accelerated motion in one
dimension.
5. Explain the difference between scalar and vector quantities and
give examples of each.
6. Use trigonometric functions to determine components of vectors and
use vector addition methods to determine the sum of two or more
vectors.
7. Define the concepts of force and mass, explain the difference
between weight and mass, and give the units for force and weight.
8. Construct free body diagrams showing forces acting on objects.
9. Use Newton's second law to solve problems involving the accelera
tion of masses with one or more forces acting on them.
10. Define torque, give units for torque, find the torque produced by
a force about a designated point, and solve problems involving
objects in static equilibrium.
11. Define the concepts of work, energy, potential energy and kinetic
energy and give units in which they are expressed.
12. Determine the work done by a force by using the component of the
force in the direction of motion and the distance moved by finding
the area under a force versus displacement graph.
13. State the principle of conservation of energy and use the
principle to solve problems.
14. Solve problems involving sound levels in decibels.
15. Define the concepts of heat, specific heat and latent heat and use
the concepts in solving calorimetry/first law of thermodynamics
problems.
16. Define the concepts of electrical current, voltage and resistance
and give units used to express each of these quantities.
17. Determine the equivalent resistance of combinations of resistors
in series and parallel, use Ohm's law to solve problems involving
simple circuits.
18. State Kirchhoff's first and second rules and use them to solve
circuit problems by writing simultaneous equations for circuits
including two or more loops and by solving the equations using
Cramer's rule.
Topics and Scope
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Topics Covered Include:
1. The international system (SI) units
a. Units for length, time and mass
b. Common metric prefixes
2. Conversion of units
3. One dimensional motionposition, velocity, acceleration
a. Concepts 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
4. Uniformly accelerated motion in one dimension
a. Equations for uniformly accelerated motion
b. Solutions of uniformly accelerated motion problems
5. Vectorscomponents, vector sums
a. Scalar and vector quantities
b. Components of vectors
c. Sums of vectors
6. Forcesfree body diagrams, Newton's second law of motion
a. Concepts of mass, force and weight and units for force and
weight
b. Construction of free body diagrams
c. Newton's laws of motion and application of Newton's second
law of motion
7. Torque and Equilibrium
a. Concept of torque and units for torque
b. Solving static equilibrium problems
8. Work, energy and the principle of conservation of energy
a. Concepts of work, energy, kinetic energy and potential energy
and work/energy units
b. Calculation of work done using force and displacement and by
area under forcedisplacement graph
c. The principle of conservation of energy and its application
9. Sound waves and sound levels in decibels
a. Concepts of sound waves, intensity of waves and sound intensity
level in decibels
b. Calculations of sound levels in decibels
10. Specific heats, latent heats, and the first law of thermodynamics
a. Concepts of heat, specific heat, latent heats of fusion and
vaporization
b. Solving calorimetry/first law of thermodynamics problems
11. Electrical current, voltage, resistance, and Ohm's law
a. Concepts of electrical current, voltage and resistance and
units for current, voltage and resistance
b. Ohm's law
12. Electrical circuitsKirchhoff's first and second rules
a. Equivalent resistance of combinations of resistances in series
and parallel
b. Application of Ohm's law to simple circuits
c. Kirchhoff's first and second rules and application to circuits
of two or more loops
Assignments:
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1. No less than 20 sets of homework problems.
2. No less than 2 midterm exams
3. 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 0  0% 
None  
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 noncomputational problem solving skills.  Problem Solving 33  67% 
Homework problems, Exams  
Skill Demonstrations: All skillbased and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.  Skill Demonstrations 0  0% 
None  
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.  Exams 33  67% 
Multiple choice, Physics Problems to Solve  
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.  Other Category 0  0% 
None  
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Alan VanHeuvelen. PhysicsA General Introduction. Little Brown. 1986
Rodney Cole. So You Want To Take Physics: A Preparatory Course.
Saunders. 1993
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