May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 125 - Principles of Physics I


Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-B1, GE-B3
An algebra-based introduction to the way one can describe the physical world, including motion, the causes of motion as well as other fundamental principles of nature. Major topics covered include kinematics, Newton’s laws, conservation laws, thermodynamics, fluids and oscillations. Lecture Units: 3; Lab Units: 1.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score of 78 or higher on Math Proficiency Assessment or MATH 120.
Co-requisites: MATH 120.
Possible Instructional Methods: On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B1 - Lower Division Physical Science, GE-B3 - Lower Division Laboratory Activity
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring


Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
 

Upon successful completion of the lecture portion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of Physics by applying these core ideas to analyze physical processes.  In this course these fundamental principles include: Kinematics and Forces, i.e., Newton’s Laws, Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Momentum, Thermodynamics, Fluids and Fluid dynamics, Oscillations and Waves
  2. Students will apply quantitative reasoning and critical thinking to solve complex problems, both theoretical and experimental in nature. Students will apply the physical principles introduced to solve basic problems, often very similar to those demonstrated in class and in lecture, learning the techniques and systematic approaches forming the required groundwork for solving novel and complex problems.
  3. Students will develop strategies for learning technical subjects, e.g., practice active reading/listening skills.

Upon successful completion of the lab portion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Devise or create a lab experiment designed to test a physics concept or principle.
  2. Maintain a professional quality laboratory notebook or other record of their experimental work including proper format, ability to record data and observations appropriately, etc.
  3. Use computer software to plot and analyze their data using appropriate software, e.g., Excel.
  4. Properly use common experimental tools of experimental Physics.
  5. Formulate a reasonable and meaningful conclusion or summary based on the experimental evidence they have collected. 


B1. Physical Science Learning Outcomes
 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical sciences;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method; and
  3. describe the potential limits of scientific endeavors, including the accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry.
B3. Laboratory Activity Learning Outcomes
 

  1. Apply their knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical and sciences through laboratory activities;
  2. apply their understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method in a laboratory setting; and
  3. demonstrate accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry, while completing laboratory activities.



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