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2016-2017 Catalog Year
PHYS-180L: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab

General Information

  • Name: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
  • Discipline: Physics
  • Units (Credits): 1
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with an 'L' Designator after the number) This is a laboratory 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 180

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 reinforce concepts and practices in PHYS 180 while also acquiring skills in experimental design, data collection and analysis, and scientific writing.

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

  1. Produce valid hypotheses regarding topics in Newtonian mechanics. (ISLO #1, #4, #6)
  2. Design and implement experiments which can confirm or deny hypotheses. (ISLO #1, #6)
  3. Produce written reports about experiments and their outcomes. (ISLO #2, #3, #6)

III. Topics

Experiments in this course will address topics including, but not limited to, measurement and uncertainty, one dimensional motion, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, friction, centripetal force, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and rotational dynamics.

Scheduled PHYS-180L classes:

Fall 2016