General College Physics I - PHY 201 at Rappahannock Community College

Effective: 2022-05-01

Course Description

Covers classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Includes kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics, dynamic and static equilibrium, elasticity, gravitation, fluids, simple harmonic motion, calorimetry, ideal gas law, and the laws of thermodynamics. Part I of II. This is a UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits

The course outline below was developed as part of a statewide standardization process.

General Course Purpose

PHY 201 is the first semester of a two-semester algebra-based introductory physics with laboratory sequence. It provides students with a broad understanding of the general concepts and principles of the physical universe, and prepares the students for their future careers through development of skills in problem solving, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, and an understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry and experiments.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: MTH 161 or MTH 167 with a grade of C or better.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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