# Physics

## PHYS 211

## Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1

### Course Description

This first semester, calculus-based course is designed for engineering students and science majors. Traditional topics of kinematics, dynamics, energy, fluids, heat and sound are investigated through lecture demonstrations, simulations and laboratory work.

### Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

### Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

- Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity and acceleration.
- Analyze a system's mechanics using Newton's Laws of Motion.
- Organize forces using a free body diagram.
- Analyze a system's mechanics using conservation of energy.
- Analyze collisions using both conservation of energy and conservation of momentum.
- Analyze simple harmonic motion.
- Analyze orbital motion of satellites using Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
- Use the principle of superposition to explain various wave phenomena.
- Assign the appropriate SI unit to a physical characteristic.
- Use significant figures when reporting calculated values.
- Classify a physical quantity either as a scalar or a vector.
- Change between polar and Cartesian vector notation.
- Add two vectors graphically and algebraically.
- Use computer simulation to model motion.
- Use a Vernier caliper.
- Use DataStudio for data acquisition.
- Develop data tables and graphs to portray the results of experimental data collection.
- Use curve fitting to analyze data.
- Identify sources of experimental error.
- Compare measured results from an experiment with calculated values derived from a mathematical model.
- Develop a conclusion based on analysis of experimental data.

### Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.