PHY 1141 College Physics I

Algebra-based university-parallel sequence in mechanics, including vectors, statics, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, elasticity, fluids and thermodynamics. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Physics
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: MAT 1290 OR MAT 1470 OR MAT 1570 OR MAT 1580 


  • Apply Newton's Laws of Motion to the motion of real objects.
  • Apply stress and strain relationships so as to describe the elastic properties of solids. Predict the behavior of solids under stress.
  • Use graphical and equation based representations of one and two dimensional motions to predict the motion of real objects.
  • Apply microscopic models of matter and the laws of thermodynamics so as to describe and predict the thermal properties and behavior of matter in gaseous, liquid and solid states.
  • Apply the conditions for static equilibrium to real structures.
  • Apply the conservation laws associated with energy, linear and angular momentum to the motion of real objects.
  • Apply basic principles of vector algebra: addition, subtraction and scalar multiplication. Decompose two dimensional vectors into component form.
  • Use the principles of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics to describe and predict the behavior of gases and liquids.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3