COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Patricia Tsai STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000354169
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 05/08/2008
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE: 08/25/2014
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  PHYS 010   Introduction to Physics
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 1901.00
5. UNITS: 4.000   HRS/WK LEC: 4.00 Total: 70.00
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Physics 10 provides a broad survey of all of physics at an introductory level that meets general education requirements or prepares students for more advanced physics series.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Elementary study of major topics of physics: motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation, sound, electromagnetics, light, quantum physics, atoms, nuclei, and relativity.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Both Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
    AA/AS area 1, CSU areas B1, IGETC area 5
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? Yes
    Date of last prereq/coreq validation: 08/25/2014
  10. Acceptable for Credit: CSU/UC
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Apply the fundamental laws of physics to analyze situations involving mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, sound, optics and modern physics.
  2. Calculate physical quantities using elementary mathematics as applied to physical situations.
  3. Discuss everyday phenomena, and relate observations to the fundamental laws of physics.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:
  1. Unit 1, Mechanics.  34%
    1. Motion in 1 dimension.
    2. Motion in 2 dimensions:  Projectile Motion and Circular Motion.
    3. Newton's Laws of Motion.
    4. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
    5. Conservation of Energy.
    6. Conservation of Momentum.
  2. Unit 2, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Magnetism. 33%
    1. Pressure; fluid flow.
    2. Laws of Thermodynamics.
    3. Heat Engines, Carnot Efficiency, Heat Pumps, Refrigerators.
    4. Static electricity:  Conductors and insulators;  Coulomb's Law. 
    5. Electrical Circuits, Current, Voltage, Power, Electrical costs.
    6. Magnetism.
  3. Unit 3, Waves, Light, and Modern Physics.  33%
    1. Mechanical, sound, and light waves.
    2. Optics.
    3. Atomic physics.
    4. Nuclear physics:  Mass-to-energy conversion.  Radioactive decay, fission, fusion.
    5. Fundamental forces.

 

11B. LAB CONTENT:
N/A
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Lecture
  2. Multimedia Content
  3. Observation and Demonstration
  4. Projects
  5. Threaded Discussions
  6. Other (Specify)
  7. Discussion
  8. Distance Education

  9. Other Methods:
    1) Discussions explore concepts of physics and mathematical representations of physical quantities. 2) Examples and demonstrations applying concepts and principles of physics to specific situations. 3) Threaded discussions allow students to apply concepts and principles of physics to specific situations. 4) Projects using everyday items allow for hands on learning.
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 0.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
1) Knowledge is enhanced through assigned readings. 2) Critical thinking and knowledge are facilitated through a) written responses to questions requiring conceptual reasoning. b) responses to questions requiring analytical reasoning. 3) Proficiency with presentation of results is facilitated through written reports on hands-on projects using everyday items.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
COMPUTATION SKILLS
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
MULTIPLE CHOICE
OTHER (Describe):
Knowledge mastery and application is assessed through the: 1) Evaluation of written explanations of topics. 2) Evaluation of solutions requiring application of mathematics. 3) Evaluation of written reports using everyday items for hands-on learning.
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Griffith, W. Thomas. Brosing, Juliet W. . 2012. The Physics of Everyday Phenomena 7. McGraw-Hill
    Rationale: -
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     No
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
    Department will meet with Library to assess needs for support for course. Collections are not adequate in contemporary physics for reading and research materials to use as background and additional materials to the textbook. Online and articles databases, however, have adequate, if superior, specific research materials and reports. No research paper is listed as an assignment.
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
Not Applicable - Not Applicable
SUPPLEMENTAL PAGE

Use only if additional space is needed. (Type the item number which is to be continued, followed by "continued." Show the page number in the blank at the bottom of the page. If the item being continued is on page 2 of the outline, the first supplemental page will be "2a." If additional supplemental pages are required for page 2, they are to be numbered as 2b, 2c, etc.)

1a. Prerequisites/Corequisites/Recommended Preparation:
    RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:
  • MATH 201: Elementary Algebra
  • RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:
  • MATH 202: Geometry