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Physics 101: Introduction to Physics

Course Category: 

Varies; self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2012 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: calculate displacement, velocity and acceleration; determine if the forces on an object are balanced or unbalanced; calculate kinetic, gravitational and elastic potential energies; infer a final energy given a starting energy; differentiate between mass and weight; explain how a hydraulic lift works; describe the three types of heat transference methods and give correct examples for each; describe the relationship between electricity and magnetism; and explain the difference between how alpha, beta and gamma radiation affects the nucleus of an atom.


The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to physics; overview of vectors; overview of kinematics; overview of forces; overview of gravity; basics of Newton's first law; basics of Newton's second law; basics of Newton's third law; energy and work in physics; overview of linear momentum in physics; basics of rotational motion; waves in physics; sound and light in physics; basics of optics; fluid dynamics in physics; basics of thermodynamics in physics; overview of electrostatics; overview of magnetism; and basics of nuclear physics.

Credit recommendation: 

In lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Physics or Basic Sciences (8/17).