Maricopa Community Colleges  PHY101   19966-20012 
Official Course Description:   MCCCD Approval:  05/23/95
PHY101      19966-20012 LEC
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Introduction to Physics
A survey of physics emphasizing applications of physics to modern life. Designed for students who need a course in physics in order to understand the physical basis of modern technology. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT092, or satisfactory score on Math placement exam.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
PHY101   19966-20012 Introduction to Physics
1. Apply the Scientific Method and other critical thinking models to physical phenomena for hypotheses development, experimental design, data acquisition, and data analysis. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
2. Write accurate and meaningful reports analyzing experiments, both qualitatively and quantitatively. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
3. Explain historical and current contexts for the principles and applications of physics. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
4. Explain the application of fundamental physical principles to various physical phenomena. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
5. Estimate realistic values for practical problems. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
6. Apply logical, efficient, and effective problem-solving techniques using graphical, mathematical, and written communications. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
7. Work effectively in collaborative groups. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
8. Solve practical and meaningful problems that closely represent real-world physical situations. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
PHY101   19966-20012 Introduction to Physics
    I. The Language of Physics
        A. Systems of measurement
        B. Fundamental physical quantities
        C. Units
      II. Mechanics
          A. Displacement, velocity, and acceleration
          B. Motion in a plane
          C. Forces and momentum
          D. Work and Energy
          E. Rotational motion
          F. Mechanical properties of matter
          G. Applications of mechanics
        III. Heat
            A. Temperature, energy, and heat
            B. Thermal properties of matter
            C. Applications of thermodynamics
          IV. Oscillations and Waves
              A. Nature of waves
              B. Simple harmonic motion
              C. Nature of sound
              D. Applications of sound
              E. Nature of light
              F. Applications of optics
            V. Electricity and Magnetism
                A. Nature of electrostatics
                B. Nature of electrical currents
                C. Nature of magnetism
                D. Applications of electromagnetism
              VI. Modern Physics
                  A. Quantum mechanics
                  B. Relativity
                  C. Atomic and nuclear physics
                  D. Applications of modern physics
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