Basic Physics

Course Description

This course is designed for students who have had no previous course in physics or need a review of the subject to prepare for college physics. Basic concepts in mechanics, sound, heat, electricity, light and modern physics are explored through lecture demonstrations, interactive activities and laboratory work.


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

  • MATH 53 or one year of high school algebra.

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 in one dimension.
  • Analyze projectile motion.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate the electric force between point charges.
  • Analyze properties of simple DC circuits.
  • Relate wave properties such as frequency, wavelength and amplitude to the wave speed.
  • Analyze the magnetic force between two current carrying wires.
  • Analyze the image formed by a lens or mirror.
  • Assign the appropriate SI unit to a physical characteristic.
  • Use a digital multimeter to measure current, voltage and resistance.
  • Use computer simulation to model motion.
  • Develop data tables and graphs to portray the results of experimental data collection.
  • Compare measured results from an experiment with calculated values derived from a mathematical model.

Course Schedule

  No of Weeks   Begins   
 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

PHYSICS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2015

 051145100Basic Physics 4Pearse M$126.0014/24/0Open
M W 09:00AM-11:26AMF460

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