# Physics

## PHYS 51

## 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.

### Prerequisites

(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

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.