Physics 101: Beginner to Intermediate Concepts
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Course Description
Physics is a foundational science on which many of the concepts of chemistry, geology, biology, and other natural sciences rely. Because physics is a mathintensive subject, it is sometimes intimidating to those who wish to study it.
This course focuses on some of the critical mathematical tools required for studying physics and is geared toward students with a basic knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Starting with an introduction to vectors, the course then begins to develop a set of mathematical tools for studying classical Newtonian mechanics as well as some basic topics in classical electromagnetism. Although the course does not cover calculus, the math that is presented is more than sufficient for analyzing and solving a wide range of problems involving the motion of objects and forces such as gravity, the electric force, and magnetism.
The first half of the course deals with objects in motion, including how to quantify and relate characteristics such as force, velocity, momentum, energy, and power. The second half of the course focuses on waves and electromagnetism, starting with a look at the electric and magnetic forces and their sources, then moving to acoustic and electromagnetic waves, and ending with an overview of geometrical optics. By the end of the course, students should be armed with many of the tools they need to study physics in depth.
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Course Lessons
Lesson 1  Introduction and Mathematical Foundations
This lesson discusses some simple, but fundamental, mathematical tools that will underlie the principles and methods presented in the remainder of the course. 19 Total Points
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 Review Article: Understanding Vectors
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Lesson 2  Force and Newton's Laws I
In the previous lesson, we introduced the idea of vectors as quantities with magnitude (or length) and direction. We now take a deeper look at the properties of vectors in the context of forces and Newton's first law of motion. 18 Total Points
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Lesson 3  Force and Newton's Laws II
Building on the material we studied in the previous two lessons, we now apply our understanding of vectors and forces to Newton's second and third laws of motion. 18 Total Points
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 Review Article: Newton's third law of motion
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Lesson 4  Uniform Circular Motion
In this lesson, we look at how to apply both vectors and the geometry of circles and triangles to uniform circular motion. Examples of such motion include the orbits of celestial objects, such as planets and stars. 19 Total Points
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 Review Article: Uniform Circular Motion
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Lesson 5  Momentum
In this lesson, we define the concept of momentum in the context of physics and use the mathematics of vectors and differences (such as the difference in time, Δt) to derive the law of conservation of linear momentum 18 Total Points
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Lesson 6  Work
In this lesson, we turn from momentum to work, which is the amount of energy required to perform a given task (such as moving an object from one point to another). 17 Total Points
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 Review Article: Work: The Physics of Hypertextbook
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Lesson 7  Work and Kinetic Energy
This lesson takes the concept of work developed in the previous lesson and applies it to the concept of kinetic energy, or energy of motion. 18 Total Points
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 Review Article: Work and Energy
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Lesson 8  Mechanical Energy and Power
This lesson concludes our look at basic Newtonian mechanics (motion) by considering potential energy and its relationship to kinetic energy through the concept of mechanical energy. 10 Total Points
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 Review 2 Articles: Mechanical Energy; Work, Energy and Power
 Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Mechanical Energy and Power
Lesson 9  Electrostatics
The course now turns from an examination of the mechanics of motion resulting from applied forces to an overview of a specific type of force: the electric force. 9 Total Points
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 Review 2 Articles: Electrostactics; Superposition Principle
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Lesson 10  Currents and Magnetism
In this lesson, we turn from stationary charges to charges in motion. Charged particles in motion exert a magnetic force on each other. 18 Total Points
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 Review 2 Articles: Basics of Magnetism; Vector Products of Vectors
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Lesson 11  Waves
This lesson considers some of the mathematical aspects of waves that we will need to briefly study sound and light in later lessons. 9 Total Points
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 Review Article: Waves Basics Outline
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Lesson 12  Acoustic Waves
In this lesson, we begin to apply our knowledge of waves gained in the previous lesson to the topic of sound (acoustic waves). 14 Total Points
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 Review 2 Articles: Acoustics and Vibration Animations; The Speed of Sound
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Lesson 13  Electromagnetic Waves
In this lesson, we consider electromagnetic waves, including the ways in which they compare and contrast with acoustic waves. 12 Total Points
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 Review Article: Electromagnetic Waves
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Lesson 14  Rays: Geometrical Optics I
Although the mathematics associated with waves can be extremely complicated, we can in some cases approximate waves as "rays" (geometrical optics). 10 Total Points
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 Review Article: Reflection and Refraction of light
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Lesson 15  Rays: Geometrical Optics II
In this lesson, we briefly look at how geometrical optics can be used to analyze images created by mirrors and lenses. 57 Total Points
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 Review Article: Ray Diagrams
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Course Title:
Physics 101: Beginner to Intermediate Concepts
Course Number:
9770457
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English  United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type:
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CEU Value:
2.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation:
Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy:
Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method:
Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author:
Jeff Clark, Ph.D.
Instructor:
April Graves
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Learning Outcomes
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
 Know mathematical foundations of physics.
 Describe force and Newton's Laws.
 Define uniform circular motion.
 Solve problems involving Momentum.
 Solve problems involving Work.
 Solve problems involving Work and Kinetic Energy.
 Solve problems involving Mechanical Energy and Power
 Know electrostatics.
 Solve problems involving Currents and Magnetism
 Know waves.
 Know acoustic waves.
 Know electromagnetic waves.
 Describe Geometrical Optics, and
 Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.