COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Patricia Tsai STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000345944
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 05/08/2008
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE: 04/15/2013
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 004A   General Physics with Calculus
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 1902.00
5. UNITS: 5.000   HRS/WK LEC: 4.00 Total: 70.00
  HRS/WK LAB: 3.00 Total: 52.50

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Physics 4A is the first semester of a three-semester sequence that provides a comprehensive survey of the major topics of physics for students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Letter Grade Only
  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, B3, B4, IGETC area 5
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? Yes
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. Analyze physical situtations involving motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound.
  2. Solve computational problems in these areas using algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.
  3. Work as a team member in discussing examples and applications of physics in these areas, and in performing laboratory experiments.
  4. Experiment with and measure physical phenomena in the areas studied.
  5. Write clear and concise laboratory reports analyzing and discussing the results of physics experiments conducted in the laboratory.
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. Translation:

  • Kinematics in One Dimension.
  • Newton's Laws in One Dimension.
  • Scalars & Vectors.
  • Kinematics in 2 dimensions:  Projectile Motion.
  • Newton's Laws in Two Dimensions.
  • Friction and Resistive Forces.
  • Circular Motion and Forces.
  • Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.

 

2.  Conservation Laws

  • Energy, Work, and Power
  • Linear Momentum and Collisions

 

3. Rotation

  • Rotational Kinematics
  • Rotational Dynamics
  • Static Equilibrium
  • Rotational Energy and Angular Momentum
  • Elasticity of Materials

4. Additional topics

  • Fluids
  • Simple Harmonic Oscillations
  • Mechanical Waves & Sound
11B. LAB CONTENT:

I)    In laboratory sessions, students will:

  • plan their measurements, predict results, and perform measurements. 
  • analyze data, using correct units and significant figures. 

II)   Through discussion and written reports,students relate the experimental results to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture.

III)   Experiments include:

  • Graph Matching
  • Velocity and Acceleration
  • Dynamics
  • Forces in Equilibrium
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Ballistic Pendulum
  • Introduction to Rotation
  • Static Equilibrium 
  • Oscillations
  • Fluids
  • Waves
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Lecture
  2. Other (Specify)
  3. Discussion
  4. Lab

  5. Other Methods:
    1) Discussions explore concepts of physics and mathematical representations of physical quantities. 2) Examples demonstrate setting up and solving computational problems. 3) In class applications allow students to solve problems in class, and discuss related concepts. 4) Classroom demonstrations physical principles. 5) Laboratory exercises allow for hands on learning.
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 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 in use is facilitated through a) written responses to questions requiring conceptual reasoning. b) written responses to questions requiring analytical reasoning. 3) Proficiency with presentation of results is facilitated through written lab reports.


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.)
SKILL DEMONSTRATION
MULTIPLE CHOICE
OTHER (Describe):
Knowledge mastery and application is assessed through the: 1) Evaluation of written explanations of topics. 2) Evaluation of solutions to analytical problems. 3) Evaluation of written laboratory reports.
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Giancoli, D.. 2009. Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4. Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Tsai. 2013. Laboratory Experiments for Physics 4A -
 

*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?     Yes
  • 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:
  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:
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1a. Prerequisites/Corequisites/Recommended Preparation:
    PREREQUISITE:
  • MATH 003A: Calculus I
  • RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:
  • PHYS 010: Introduction to Physics