Syllabus Overview HPHYSIC-450-DL Physics 1

Combined Lecture/Lab, 4 Credits

Offered: Fall, Summer

Note: The lab for this course is included; no additional registration is required.

Course Materials

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LAB KIT:  Your kit is delivered to your house. Many materials are the same as those used in onsite labs. You have 3-4 weeks to complete the labs. You have support from your instructor, lab TA and kit manufacturer. You write a report describing your findings and conclusions. You discuss your findings with peers and instructors

Topics You Will Study

  • Math Warm-Up and Vectors
  • Force Vectors; Static Equilibrium
  • Mass and Weight, Friction
  • Torque, Momentum
  • Simple Machines (Levers and Pulleys)
  • Motion in One Dimension (Linear Motion)
  • Acceleration; Circular Motion
  • Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Momentum

Labs You Will Complete

  • Math Warm-Up, Vector basics
  • Forces
  • Mass and Weight, Friction
  • Torque; Momentum of Forces
  • Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys
  • Linear Motion
  • Circular Motion
  • Energy and Power
  • Conservation of Energy and Power
  • Momentum

General Course Activities/How to Plan  Your Time

Work is organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length. All activities are fully asynchronous—there are no required meeting times. Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
  • Discussions
  • Study
  • Lab and Lab Report
  • Homework
Most students dedicate 9-12 hours/week to the course.
We recommend planning several 1-2 hour study blocks throughout the week and checking into the course daily once the discussions begin.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, please review the D2L system recommendations.

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