Revised 12/2011

NOVA COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY

PHY 201-2 - GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I-II (4 CR.) (4 CR.)

Course DescriptionTeaches fundamental principles of physics. Covers mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

General Course PurposeThe course is a non-calculus treatment of physics dealing with topics in classical and modern physics. This course is intended for students in some of thetwo-year technical programs offered at NVCC and also for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, Liberal Arts and pre-teaching non-science majors, thus satisfying the requirement for a laboratory science at many four-year institutions.

Course Prerequisites/Co-requisitesFor PHY 201, MTH 163 - Precalculus I or equivalent and satisfactory placement score for ENG 111.

For PHY 202, PHY 201 - General College Physics I and satisfactory placement score for ENG 111.

Course ObjectivesAs a result of the learning experiences provided in this course, the student should be able to:

- Learn physics as the basic tool of quantitative science and technology
- Learn how to describe physical events in the language of mathematics
- Learn the required physical and mathematical concepts and their sources

Major Topics to be Included

PHY 201

- Motion in one dimension with constant velocity and constant acceleration
- Falling bodies and projectile motion
- Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
- Static forces in equilibrium
- Circular motion
- Momentum and impulse
- Work and energy
- Conservation of momentum and energy
- Rotational dynamics
- Physical properties of matter
- density
- plastic moduli
- Hydrostatics and hydrodynamics
- Oscillatory motion
- Thermal expansion, specific heat, latent heat
- Ideal gases, P-V diagrams, molar specific head
- Laws of thermodynamics equipartition of energy
- Kinetic theory, entropy
- Wave motion
- Sound

PHY 202

- Coulomb’s Law
- Electric fields, electric potential energy
- Capacitors
- DC circuits, Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Law
- Magnetic forces, magnetic fields
- Induced voltages
- Inductance
- AC circuits
- Electromagnetic waves
- Geometrical optics
- Interference and diffraction
- Quantum physics
- Atomic physics
- Nuclear structure and energy