PHYS112W
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An introduction to the laws of classical physics designed to help students apply basic principles of physics to the world around them. Topics include kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions, momentum, Newton’s laws of motion, work kinetic and potential energy, rotational motion and the conservation laws of energy and momentum. Additional topics include bodies in equilibrium, fluids, vibrations and waves, and sound. The course finishes with the study of temperature and kinetic theory, heat, and the laws of thermodynamics. These topics are introduced and explored through a series of microcomputer-based labs (MBL) using PASCO’s DataStudio software and 750 Interface. Using modeling/simulation software, students learn to build models of physical systems and simulate the effect of various forces such as gravity, electricity, friction and air resistance on such systems. Microsoft’s Excel is widely used to analyze data and produce charts and graphs of experimental results. (Prerequisite: MATH120W or POI)