Course Descriptions

PHY 161 - University Physics 1

4 Credits

An introductory course in classical mechanics using calculus; intended for those seeking a concentration in engineering, mathematics, or natural science. Topics include kinematics, Newton's Laws, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion of rigid bodies, and harmonic motion. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisites: MTH 211 taken concurrently or previously completed; high school Regents physics with a grade of 70 or higher or PHY 131 with a grade of C or higher, or PHY 145 with a grade of C or higher.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Solve a 2-step vector problem using trigonometry and calculus.
2. Solve a 2-step 1-D kinematics problem that requires a symbolic solution.
3. Solve a 3-step Newton's laws of motion problem for a new physical situation using algebra.
4. Solve a 2-step work and energy problem using algebra.
5. Solve a 3-step impulse and momentum problem that requires a symbolic solution.
6. Solve a 2-step rotational kinematics problem using calculus.
7. Solve a 3-step rotational dynamics problem for a new physical situation using calculus.
8. Demonstrate competency with complex lab instruments.
9. Differentiate between good and bad data.
10. Evaluate data using error analysis.
11. Write a hypothesis for a laboratory experiment.
12. Draw a conclusion for a laboratory experiment and rewrite a hypothesis.
13. Design a complex experiment.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018