PHYS2001 Introductory Physics

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. Fundamental principles of physics provide the basis upon which much of modern technology operates. In this course students will investigate the fundamental principles of physics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Students will gain knowledge of natural processes and their applications. Topics include the structure of matter, mechanics, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0901

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply fundamental physics principles to a wide variety of applications in modern technology
Draw conclusions in written lab reports based on data gathered in experiments
Formulate various hypotheses to explain the observed motion of objects in the lab and in everyday life
Predict the results of motion experiments based on known laws of physics
Solve motion problems
Formulate various hypotheses to explain observations of forces on objects in the lab and in everyday life
Predict the results of force experiments based on Newton's force laws
Solve force problems
Investigate common misconceptions about the laws of motion and Newton's force laws
Analyze physics problems using the principle of the conservation of energy
Analyze the behavior of static and flowing fluids using force and energy concepts
Apply the concepts of heat, temperature, and thermodynamics to applications in technology
Solve problems in electricity and magnetism using Coulomb's, Kirchoff's, Ohm's, Lenz's, and Joule's Laws

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details





MnTC Goal Areas:

2 & 3