This course is designed to introduce physics at an entry level by examining the principal laws of physics leading to a conceptual understanding of how these principles relate to everyday life. The topics in this course include Newton's laws, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and waves. Students will apply these principles using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Mechanics: Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Identify examples of physics in everyday life.
- Explain the concepts of motion and force – position, velocity, and acceleration.
- Apply Newton’s three laws of motion to objects with position, motion, and forces.
Momentum and Energy
- Describe the terminology, concepts, and conservation of linear momentum and energies.
- Describe how simple machines work in terms of force, distance, and mechanical advantage.
Rotational Motion and Gravity
- Explain rotational motion, forces, and momentum.
- Explain the universal law of gravitation and its relationship to the force of gravity on Earth and in the solar system.
- Explain projectile and satellite motion, and their applications.
Properties of Matter
- Explain the atomic nature of matter.
- Describe the states and properties of matter.
- Describe the relationship between gases and atmospheric pressure.
- Explain heat, temperature, and heat transfer.
- Describe the relationship between changes of phase and transfer of energy.
- Explain the laws of thermodynamics and their practical applications.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- MTH/219 - Introduction to College Algebra OR
- MAT/002 - Math Placement Exam B OR
- a minimum of 2 college credits that demonstrates math proficiency
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-354-1800.
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