PHY 241-242 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                      Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which the Course is Taught: Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts


Course Number and Title:  PHY 241-242 University Physics I-II


Credit Hours:  4       Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab: 3     Lec/Lab Comb: 6



I.              Catalog Description:  A two semester calculus-based class teaches fundamental principles of classical and modern physics. Designed primarily for science, mathematics and engineering majors. Topics include mechanics, wave phenomena, heat & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, optics, and selected topics in modern physics.


II.            Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:  This is a transfer level physics course that helps develop fundamental understanding of the scientific principles and methods and their applications.


III.           Required Background: MTH 173, MTH 273 or equivalent


IV.          Course Content:


1.    Measurements

2.    Kinematics in One Dimension

3.    Kinematics in Two Dimensions

4.    News’s Laws of Motion and its applications

5.    Gravitation

6.    Work, Energy and Conservation of Energy principle

7.    Linear Momentum and Collision

8.    Rotation Motion of rigid bodies

9.    Static Equilibrium and Elasticity

10. Vibrations and Mechanical Waves

11. Sound

12. Fluids

13. Temperature, Thermal Expansion and Ideal gas Law

14. Heat and Laws of Thermodynamics

15. Electric charge and Electric Field

16. Gauss’s Law

17. Electric Potential and capacitance

18. Magnetism, magnetic field, magnetic force

19. Sources of magnetic field

20. Electromagnetic induction and inductance

21. DC and AC Circuits

22. Electromagnetic waves, Light and Geometric Optics

23. Interference and diffraction of light

24. Topics in Modern Physics


V.    Learner Outcomes:

VI.   Evaluation

Students will be able to:




To demonstrate a qualitative understanding of fundamental principles of physics.

Students will be evaluated based upon their performance in the classroom discussions, homework, tests, quizzes and other assignments as deemed necessary by the faculty.

Students will the evaluated for their ability to apply the fundamental concepts during a number of laboratory exercises throughout the semester.


To demonstrate problem solving skills using the fundamental principles of physics


To demonstrate ability to perform simple experiments to verify the principles learnt during lecture class


To demonstrate ability of data collection, data analysis and presentation of final results


VII. This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Objectives:


                        Critical Thinking

                        Scientific Reasoning