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Course Outline in Physics 1

Prepared by: Maria Eliza P. Cruz

Course Description:


This is an introductory physics covering principles of mechanics, i.e., statics and dynamics; work and energy, conservation laws, waves, sound, temperature, heat transfer and thermodynamics.


Course Objectives:


1.      Resolve a system of forces as they relate to the dynamics of motion.

2.      Given a system of forces applied to an object, solve problems pertaining to the displacement, velocity and acceleration of the motion of the object.

3.      Explain Newton's Laws of Motion and apply them in the analyses of problems involving uniformly accelerated motion

4.      Apply the principles of motion and conduct controlled experiments involving motion along a straight line, motion in a plane, circular motion and simple harmonic motion.

5.      Given the system of forces applied to an object, calculate the work performed and relate this to the energy of the system.

6.      Distinguish between the major types of energy, i.e., potential and kinetic, and relate to the various forms in which energy may manifest itself.

7.      Solve problems and controlled experiments involving conservation of energy, work and momentum


Course Content:

I.                    Introduction to Physics


  1. Significant Dates in the History of Physiccs
  2. Scientific Measurements
  3. Scientific Method

II.                 Kinematics

a.       Linear Motion

b.      Non- linear motion

III.               Newton’ s Laws of Motion

a.       Law of Inertia

b.      Law of Motion

c.       Law of Action and Reaction

IV.              Friction

a.       Concepts of Friction

b.      Coefficient of Friction

V.                 Work, Energy and Power

a.       Concept of Work

b.      Kinds of Energy

c.       Computation of energy and power

VI.              Impulse and Momentum

a.       Relationship between impulse and momentum

b.      Computation of impulse and momentum

VII.            Gravity

a.       Copernicus’, Brahe’s and Kepler’s Early Theories on Gravity

b.      Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

VIII.         Elasticity

a.       Concepts of elasticity

b.      Stress

c.       Strain

d.      Hooke’s Law



  1. Physics Committee, Far Eastern University, College Physics Study Guide and , Jollence Publishing, 2000
  2. Hewitt, Conceptual Physics, Busy Book Distributors,1998 Edition




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