# PHYS 6: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS

## 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 - charges, electric forces and electric field.
- Students should understand the following basic concepts from mechanics - Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Energy, and Momentum.

## Description

## 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

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

Assignments

Two in-term tests

Final comprehensive examination

## Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture

Discussion

Cooperative learning exercises

Demonstration

## 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.