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PHY 161 - University Physics I

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, harmonic motion, and mechanical waves.

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.

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-QL - Quantitative Literacy (MQL)

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. Calculate speed, energy, and power of traveling waves.
9. Demonstrate competency with complex lab instruments.
10. Differentiate between good and bad data.
11. Evaluate data using error analysis.
12. Write a hypothesis for a laboratory experiment.
13. Draw a conclusion for a laboratory experiment and rewrite a hypothesis.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2024
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