# Course Syllabus: Physics 101: Beginner to Intermediate Concepts

no certificate

with CEU Certificate*

## Course Description

## Course Requirements

All materials are presented within the course lessons. 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.

## Course Outline - Goals and Objectives

1. Introduction and Mathematical Foundations

o Be able to define a set of coordinate axes and an origin for the purpose of locating objects and events

o Understand the difference between a scalar and a vector

o Know how to calculate the magnitude of a vector

o Recognize unit vectors

2. Forces and Newton’s Laws I

o Know how to add and subtract vectors

o Recognize the relationship between a net force and the sum of vectors

o Apply vectors and their sums to understanding Newton's first law of motion

3. Forces and Newton’s Laws II

o Express vectors algebraically as the sum of two component vectors

o Recognize the importance of carefully using units when solving physics problems

o Use Newton's second and third laws of motion to find the acceleration of an object when various forces are applied to it

4. Uniform Circular Motion

o Derive a formula for centripetal acceleration of objects in uniform circular motion

o Use centripetal acceleration to solve problems involving objects in uniform circular motion

5. Momentum

o Understand the physical definition of momentum

o Derive the law of conservation of linear momentum

o Apply this conservation law to solving problems involving linear motion

6. Work

o Recognize and use the scalar product of two vectors

o Understand the concept of work in the context of physics

o Calculate the work involved in moving objects from one location to another

7. Work and Kinetic Energy

o Derive an expression for kinetic energy from the physics concept of work

o Understand the relationship of work and kinetic energy

o Calculate the kinetic energy of various objects

8. Mechanical Energy and Power

o Understand the concept of potential energy and its relationship with kinetic energy

o Know why mechanical energy is conserved (in a frictionless environment)

o Define the power supplied when doing work on an object

9. Electrostatics

o Recognize and be able to use Coulomb's law to calculate the magnitude and direction of the force of one charged particle on another

o Calculate the magnitude and direction of the net force on a charged particle resulting from multiple additional charged particles

10. Currents and Magnetism

o Define the vector product of two vectors

o Define the concept of a field

o Recognize the magnetic field, force, and their relationship

o Calculate the force on a moving charged particle in a given magnetic field

11. Waves

o Recognize that an arbitrary waveform can be broken into a set of sinusoidal waves

o Learn how to calculate the parameters (such as frequency and amplitude) of sine waves

o Recognize some simple manifestations of frequency spectra, such as in graphic equalizers and prisms

12. Acoustic Waves

o Develop a mathematical expression for traveling waves

o Determine the relationship between wave speed, frequency, and wavelength

o Relate sound waves to pressure variation in a medium

o Be able to calculate wave speed from the bulk modulus and density of a medium (and vice versa)

13. Electromagnetic Waves

o Show conceptually how accelerated charge produces electromagnetic waves

o Determine the speed of light in a vacuum using material parameters

o Describe an electromagnetic wave using a sine function

o Calculate the frequency and wavelength of different electromagnetic waves

14. Rays: Geometrical Optics I

o Describe the relationship between a wave and a ray

o Use the law of reflection to calculate the direction of reflected rays

o Define the index of refraction and its relationship with material parameters

o Use the law of refraction to describe the "bending" of rays as the pass from one material to another

15. Rays: Geometrical Optics II

o Learn how to find the image of an object created by a mirror or lens using geometrical optics

o Explain how light can be "trapped" in the confines of a fiber

## Grading Policy

## Learning Outcomes

- 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.

## Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment | 10 |

Lesson 1 – Introduction and Mathematical Foundations | 9 |

Lesson 2 Assignment | 10 |

Lesson 2 - Force and Newton's Laws I | 8 |

Lesson 3 Exercises | 6 |

Lesson 3 – Force and Newton's Laws II | 8 |

Lesson 4 Uniform Circular Motion | 9 |

Lesson 4 Exercises | 4 |

Lesson 5 Assignment | 10 |

Lesson 5 Momentum | 8 |

Lesson 6 Exercises | 4 |

Lesson 6 Work | 7 |

Lesson 7 Exercises | 4 |

Lesson 7 Work and Kinetic Energy | 8 |

Lesson 8 Mechanical Energy and Power | 10 |

Lesson 9 Electrostatics | 9 |

Lesson 10 Exercises | 8 |

Lesson 10 Currents and Magnetism | 10 |

Lesson 11 Waves | 9 |

Lesson 12 Exercises | 4 |

Lesson 12 Acoustic Waves | 10 |

Lesson 13 Exercises | 2 |

Lesson 13 Electromagnetic Waves | 10 |

Lesson 14 Rays: Geometrical Optics I | 10 |

Lesson 15 Rays: Geometrical Optics II | 10 |

The Final Exam | 47 |

Total Points: | 244 |

## Related Articles

- What is Thermodynamics?
- What Are Sound Waves?
- Force, Vectors, and Newton's First Law of Motion
- The Mathematics Behind Physics
- Newton's Second Law of Motion
- Applied Statistics: One-Way ANOVA
- Solving Systems of Linear Equations
- How to Calculate Similar Triangles in Geometry
- What is Probability in Statistics?
- Understanding the Digestive System
- How to Solve Higher Degree Polynomial Functions
- Applied Statistics: Repeated Measures
- Using Algebraic Operations to Solve Problems
- Understanding Quadrilaterals in Geometry
- Introduction to Hypothesis Testing