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PHY 2201 General Physics I

Fundamentals of mechanics including kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, oscillations, gravity, fluids, waves and sound, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, using calculus as appropriate. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.

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

Prereqs: MAT 2270 


  • Apply the conservation laws associated with energy and linear momentum to analyze the interactions between real objects and to predict their motion.
  • Use vector algebra to solve problems: addition, subtraction, scalar multiplication and scalar (dot) product. Decompose two dimensional vectors into components.
  • Describe mechanical oscillations and waves using equation based and graphical descriptions. Discuss the energy transformations that occur in oscillations and energy transport in waves.
  • Predict the motions of real objects by applying Newton's Laws of Motion. Analyze static structures by applying the conditions for equilibrium.
  • Describe and analyze the rotational motion of real objects using the concept of torque and the conservation law associated with angular momentum.
  • Predict the one and two dimensional motions of objects using equation based and graphical descriptions.

Credit Hours: 5

Classroom Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 3