**Revised 12/2011**

**NOVA COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY**

**PHY 231 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (5 CR.)**

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__Course Description__

Teaches principles of classical physics. Includes mechanics, wave phenomena, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics, with extended coverage of selected topics. Includes recitation as part of the lecture. Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

__General Course Purpose__

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The purpose of the course is to provide engineers, mathematicians and scientists with the basic concepts of physics that are required for their full development into competent professionals and informed and informing citizens.

The course is normally taken by aspirants to four-year institutions and generally satisfies the basic requirements of such institutions.

__Course Prerequisites/Co-requisites__

Prerequisite is MTH 173 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or division approval and satisfactory placement score for ENG 111.

__Course Objectives__

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

- Use physics as the basic tool of quantitative science and technology
- Relate physical events in terms of mathematical description using calculus
- Use the required physical and mathematical concepts and their sources

__Major Topics to be Included__

- Motion in one dimension with constant and variable acceleration
- Motion in two dimensions including falling bodies and projectile motion
- Newton's three laws of motion including friction, variable forces
- Kinematics and dynamics of circular motion
- Concepts of work and energy
- Conservation laws: energy, linear momentum and angular momentum
- Rotational kinematics and dynamics of extended bodies
- Statics
- Gravitation
- Oscillating motion
- Fluid mechanics
- Thermodynamics