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PHYS-180: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

General Information

  • Name: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
  • Discipline: Physics
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: MATH 181
  • Corequisites: PHYS 180L

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Explores vectors, rectilinear motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational mechanics, oscillations, gravitation, fluids, wave properties and sound. Students must co-enroll in both lecture and lab to receive credit.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is to introduce Newtonian mechanics with a basis in calculus level mathematics in preparation for further study in engineering, physics, and other sciences.

Upon successful completion of PHYS 180 (defined as a letter grade of C or better, 73% or higher overall score) learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe important characteristics of physical systems undergoing mechanical translation, rotation, and/or oscillation. (ISLO #1, #4, #6)
  2. Calculate quantitative predictions and draw qualitative conclusions regarding the motion, interactions, and configurations of physical systems undergoing mechanical translation, rotation, and/or oscillation. (ILSO #1, #3, #6)
  3. Examine a variety of physical systems and verify the behavior of parts of that system when subject to interactions with objects both inside and outside the system. (ISLO #3, #6)

III. Topics

This course introduces learners to Newtonian mechanics and its application to predicting the behavior of mechanical systems. Topics will include dimensional analysis, vectors, rectilinear motion, rotational motion, oscillatory motion, particle dynamics, rotational dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, and rotational momentum. These fundamentals will be employed to help describe a variety of physical phenomena possibly including, but not limited to, universal gravitation, fluids, deformable objects, mechanical waves, and sound.

Scheduled PHYS-180 classes:

Fall 2016