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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 5
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: MATH 48C or equivalent.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students should understand the following basic concepts from Electricity:
  • Students should understand the following basic concepts from mechanics:


Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in mechanics, electricity and magnetism.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Make deductions from the laws of physics
B. Analyze problem situations mathematically
C. Derive special formulas from general principles
D. Identify a problem in a new situation and apply their knowledge to unfamiliar situations
E. Assess the limitations of physics laws
F. Understand how different cultures have contributed to physics

Course Content

A. Fundamental ideas
1. Dimensional analysis (units)
2. Scientific notation
3. Algebra
4. Trigonometry
5. Analytic geometry
6. Limits
7. Elementary calculus
B. Kinematics
1. Speed, velocity
2. Acceleration
3. Free fall
4. Vector addition of velocities
5. Trajectories
6. Circular motion
C. Forces
1. Mass, weight
2. Newton's laws of motion
3. Vector addition of forces
4. Friction
5. Newton's law of gravitation
6. Free body diagrams
7. Torque
8. Solution of statics and dynamic problems
D. Energy and momentum
1. Work
2. Potential energy
3. Kinetic energy
4. Power
5. Conservation of power
6. Linear momentum
7. Collisions
8. Conservation of momentum
E. Rotational kinematics and dynamics
1. Speed acceleration
2. Rotational inertia
3. Rotational kinetic energy
4. Angular momentum
F. Electrostatics
1. Coulomb's law
2. Electric fields
3. Electric potential
4. Capacitance
5. Dielectrics
G. Circuit properties
1. Current, resistance, Ohm's law
2. Electrical power
3. Resistivity
4. Series and parallel circuits
5. Meters
H. Magnetism
1. Magnetic field
2. Sources of magnetic fields
3. Earth's magnetism
4. Induced emf
5. Inductance
I. Contributions made to physics
1. Individuals
2. Cultures

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. When taught on campus: none.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with email software and capabilities; email address; JavaScript enabled internet browsing software.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Two in-term tests
Final comprehensive examination

Method(s) of Instruction

Cooperative learning exercises

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Walker, James S.. Physics, 4th ed.. 2010.

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests and assignments delivered via email and/or internet; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via email and/or internet; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, listservs and newsgroups.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Students will be expected to complete weekly problem sets as homework.
B. Students will be expected to read the material in the text prior to the lectures.