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# PHYS 1081 - Introductory Physics I

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture 5Lab 2
Course Description: This course is the first of a comprehensive two-semester sequence in introductory physics. The topics of kinematics, vectors, rotational motion, gravity, energy, and oscillatory motion are introduced at the level of calculus. The course presents these topics as a foundation for further studies in science while at the same time developing problem-solving skills that will be useful for students in practically any endeavor they choose to undertake.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1081  or concurrent enrollment.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: High school physics or PHYS 1020 .

Major Content
1. Kinematics Vectors One-Dimensional Motion Two-Dimensional Motion
2. Circular Motion Uniform Non-uniform
3. Momentum Impulse and Momentum Conservation of Momentum Collisions
4. Newton¿s Laws of Motion Inertia Forces and Acceleration Interactions Between Objects
5. Rotational Motion Rotational Kinematics Torque Angular Momentum Rotational Energy
6. Work and Energy Definition of Work. Kinetic Energy Potential Energy Conservation of Energy
7. Universal Gravitation Orbits Gravitational Energy Escape Velocity
8. Oscillations Simple Harmonic Oscillator Simple Pendulum Damping Forces Driving Forces

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Analyze one- and two-dimensional motion of objects using vectors, trigonometry, and calculus.
2. Apply Newtons Laws of Motion to situations and problems involving forces.
3. Analyze circular and rotational motion in terms of forces and kinematic variables.
4. Solve problems involving collisions using the vector properties of momentum and momentum conservation.
5. Analyze oscillatory motion using calculus techniques.
6. Demonstrate a high degree of problem-solving skill.