Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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PHY 107IN - Everyday Physics: How the World Works

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Introduction to physics that explains everyday life, including Newton’s Laws; why things move; energy and its conservation; momentum in everyday life; waves and energy of oscillation; light and optics; electricity and magnetism; and modern physics, including atomic and nuclear processes.


Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate improvement in critical thinking skills by more successfully predicting outcomes in situations involving force and motion.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of energy by more successfully applying the principles of energy conservation.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe the scientific method and the ways that we measure the physical world.
  2. Identify the causes of motion and the forces of nature.
  3. Apply the principles of conservation to describe the way that energy changes forms.
  4. Apply conservation of momentum to collisions and interactions of bodies.
  5. Describe the travel of energy through the mechanism of waves.
  6. Apply principles of the electric energy to circuit analysis and motion of charges is space.
  7. Describe the effects of the magnetic field on charged particles and currents.
  8. Describe the interaction of electric and magnetic fields.
  9. Apply the principles of light travel to describe light travel through media and the formation of images.
  10. Describe the composition of atoms and molecules.
  11. Describe the evidence for the theory of quanta of energy and light.
  12. Describe basic nuclear processes including fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

  1. Nature of Physics
    1. What is reality?
    2. How do we model the physical world?
    3. Units and base quantities
  2. What Causes Motion?
    1. Force, mass, and acceleration
    2. What is a field?
    3. How does nature store energy?
  3. Momentum and Energy
    1. What is conserved?
    2. Collisions
    3. Energy in the universe
  4. Charge and the Electric Force
    1. The electric field
    2. Energy in circuits
  5. Light and Optics
    1. Light travels through air and optical materials
    2. Formation of images by lenses and mirrors
  6. The Magnetic Force and Field
    1. Moving charges and the magnetic force
    2. Changing electric and magnetic field-the propagation of energy through EM waves
  7. Modern Physics
    1. The atom
    2. The nucleus
    3. Nuclear processes
    4. Fusion and fission
    5. Special relativity

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/2019

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