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Classroom: Physics

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Designed primarily for the non-science major. A descriptive treatment of the basic principles of classical physics. Motion, energy, properties of matter, and thermal physics are treated in a conceptual, largely non-mathematical format. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites.

Our goals are to help students:

1. Appreciate the role of science in society and the historical development of 

physics in the ongoing quest to discover the structure of the universe. 

2. Gain an understanding of the basic principles and the experimental basis of 

the various fields of physics and the logical relationships of the various 


3. Become capable problem solvers using techniques that require mathematical 

skills, conceptual and mathematical models, order-of-magnitude estimates 

and an understanding of limiting cases. 

4. Develop competence in designing, constructing and using laboratory 

instruments and to draw valid conclusions from experimental data. 

5. Develop competence in using computers for computation, data acquisition, 

numerical control, device development and information acquisition and 


6. Improve written and oral technical communication skills.


Lesson 1: Mechanics and Introduction

Lesson 2: Vectors and Scalars

Lesson 3: Energy and Work

Lesson 4: Momentum

Lesson 5: Circular Motion

Lesson 6: Gravitation

Lesson 7: Matter Properties

Lesson 8: Thermodynamics

Lesson 9: Waves