PHY 2020 ā€“ Introduction to Principles of Physics


General Education Credit: P
High School Credit: 0.5

Course Instructor: John Yelton
John Yelton, Ph.D.
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About The Course

This course is designed for people who do not necessarily have a background in physics and can be taken by people who want a one semester overview of physics. It counts as a Physical Science for ā€œPā€ credits. It may be useful for students, especially those who have not taken a physics course in high school, as extra preparation for Physics I courses such as PHY 2053 and PHY 2048.

What You Will Learn

The course is divided into the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Physics
  2. Math Review
  3. Description of Motion and Falling Bodies
  4. Newton's Laws
  5. Circular Motion and Newtonian Gravity
  6. Work and Energy
  7. Momentum
  8. Rotational Motion and Equilibrium
  9. Structure of Matter
  10. Fluids and Archimedes Principle
  11. Temperature and Heat
  12. Waves and Sound
  13. Electrostatics
  14. Electric Current
  15. Magnets and Magnetism
  16. Light Rays

Exams and Grades

Three Exams (including the final exam): 70% of Final Grade
Ten Activities and Course Participation: 30% of Final Grade

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Science (GE)