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PHYS 150 : Physics I for Engineers

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Physics I for Engineers
This course explores vectors and scalar quantities, kinematics, Newton's Law of Motion, work, work-energy, conversion of energy, conversion of momentum, center of mass and its motion, torque, equilibrium and orbital motion.

This is an introductory course in mechanics and analytical techniques, designed to provide the student with an appropriate background for more advanced physics and engineering course work. Students will learn to solve basic problems in mechanics in two and three dimensions and develop techniques that may be applied to more complex situations using calculus. The student will acquire the basic analytical skills and knowledge of mechanics to successfully continue studies in Engineering Physics.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Solve problems involving vectors in polar coordinates and rectangular coordinates using vector addition, subtraction, and multiplication (dot and cross products).

2. Determine the magnitude of vectors and the angles between vectors.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic and fundamental units in the S.I. system and the English system. Be able to use dimensional analysis and to perform unit conversion. Show the ability to make ‘order of magnitude’ calculations.

4. Restate Newton’s Laws of Motion. Solve vector problems using Newton’s Laws. In doing this, employ the knowledge of friction (static and kinetic) and uniform circular motion. Be able to derive the expression for centripetal acceleration for uniform circular motion. Draw free-body diagrams.

5. Define work, kinetic energy and potential energy, and deal with problems involving constant and variable forces.

6. Demonstrate the use of the work-energy theorem and the employment of the conservation of energy.

7. Define the concepts of linear momentum, impulse, and center-of-mass (conservation of momentum), and demonstrate an understanding of these principles by solving problems in one and two dimensions.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Johnelle L. Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
John H. Bradham, Ph.D., PMP - 3/31/2015
Johnelle L. Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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