PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I (4)

Catalog Description:

Survey of classical mechanics, stressing basic concepts and problem solving. Topics include vectors, motion in one and two dimensions, gravitation, Newton's Laws, the conservation of energy and momentum, harmonic motion, and waves. Three lecture periods and three hours laboratory per week. Meets General Education Laboratory Science requirement. (Offered fall semester only.)


MATH 102 Mathematics of Growth, MATH 108 Intuitive Calculus with Applications or MATH 111 Calculus I

Required Course Materials:

College Physics Open Source Book - free online book ( and Laboratory Manual Physics 201 at the College's Textbook Express

Course Coordinator:

Abaz Kryemadhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Course Audience:

Recommended for biology and health science majors.

Course Objectives:

The objectives for General Education for this course are:

  1. To introduce students to the methods, principles, and basic content of physics.
  2. To involve students in applying these methods and principles in the laboratory.

By the completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following Mathematical Sciences objectives for this course:

  1. substantive knowledge of the content and investigative methodologies of a scientific topic,
  2. an understanding of the scientific method and how the scientific community validates new
  3. the ability to conduct and analyze simple investigations in the natural sciences, and
  4. the ability to present scientific arguments orally and in writing using tables, graphs and charts.


  1. Units - unit conversion and consistency
  2. Classical Mechanics: vectors - relative velocity, motion with constant acceleration, and four mighty motion formulas
  3. Newton's three laws of motion
  4. Circular motion and centripetal force
  5. Conservation of energy, work
  6. Conservation of momentum, collisions
  7. Conservation of angular momentum
  8. Harmonic motion and waves, sound

Laboratory Experiments:

  1. Measurements & Uncertainties
  2. Velocity and Acceleration
  3. Static Equilibrium: Force Table
  4. Verification of Dynamics
  5. Projectile Motion Experiment
  6. Uniform Circular Motion
  7. Ballistic Pendulum/Range Fall
  8. Static Equilibrium of Torques
  9. Bridge Project
  10. Rotational Dynamics
  11. Thin Lenses



Revised: (AK) September 2010