PHYS 211 General Physics I (4)

Catalog Description:

First of a two semester calculus-based general physics sequence. Models static and dynamic mechanical phenomena by classical methods for basic analysis, prediction, and problem solving. Experiments provide practice in measurement, data analysis, and illustrations of physical principles. Vector analysis and standard SI units are utilized. Topics include kinematics, Newton’s Laws, work and energy, momentum and impulse, and rotational kinematics and dynamics. Three lecture periods and three hours of laboratory per week. Meets General Education Laboratory Science requirement. (Offered spring semester only.)


MATH 111 Calculus I with a C- or better

Required Course Materials:

Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewitt, Physics for Scientist and Engineers, 8th edition, Cengage Brain, 2010 with Enhanced WebAssign

Course Coordinator:

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

Course Audience:

Required for engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics majors. Recommended for computer science majors.

Course Objectives:
  1. Students will be able to use classical methods to handle (e.g. describe, classify, analyze, model, and/or predict) physical phenomena of the mechanics following
    inductive (experimental) and deductive (rational) scientific methods.
  2. Students will develop analytical skills appropriate to solve both symbolic and numerical problems involving quantities associated with the topical phenomena.
  3. Students will be able to describe the role physical quantities and principles play in existing environmental and technological systems.

The mission of the Mathematical Sciences General Education component is:

  1. to educate students in excellent problem solving skills and the quantitative analysis of Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, and Computer Science,
  2. to challenge students to live out their faith in their vocation as they become servant leaders in society, church , and the world, and
  3. encourages the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of intellect, character, and faith that Christians use in lives of service, leadership and reconciliation.



  1. Introduction: models, measurements, units, precision, estimates and vectors
  2. Kinematics of linear motion
  3. Newton’s laws
  4. Work and energy
  5. Momentum
  6. Mechanics of rotation

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


Revised: October 2013 (textbook); February 2011 (AK)

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