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College of Science
Department of Physics
Course Code:
PHYS 2101
Course Title: General Physics I
General Information
Number of Credits:
Instructional Format: This course has 3 components: lecture (3 hours per week), tutorial and
laboratory. There are 6 tutorial sessions and 6 laboratory sessions, 3 hours per session.
Contact Hours/Week: 6
Prerequisite: Foundation math
Co-requisite: Assessment: 10 % Lab
10 % Quiz
20 % Test1
20 % Test 2
40 % Final
Grading (A–F, Pass/Fail): The course is graded A-F.
Textbook: Physics: Principles with Application by Giancoli, 6th ed (Pearson Education International)
1. Course Description
This course is the first in two-semester series of algebra based general physics course at the introductory
college level. The primary emphasis is on learning physical principles and on development of problem
solving ability, rather than on specialized applications. The topics to be covered are kinematics,
dynamics, rotational motion, energy, momentum, fluids, statics and oscillations.
2. Course Objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to explain physical phenomena
based on the general concepts and to use general principles of physics in solving problems in
electricity, magnetism and thermal physics. The student will also develop skills to use
experimental apparatus to perform simple experiments related to the course content.
3. Learning Outcomes
a) Knowledge:
Understand each of the following and be able to demonstrate their understanding in
problem applications as well as in conceptual situations: displacement, velocity and
acceleration; components of vectors and 2D projectile motion; Newton’s laws;
centripetal force and acceleration; work, potential and kinetic energies, conservation of
energy, power; momentum, external and internal forces, conservation of momentum in
1D and 2D situations, center of mass; angular displacement, angular velocity and
acceleration, torque, moment of inertia, angular momentum and its conservation;
balancing forces and torques, elastic properties; pressure, Pascal’s principle,
Archemidis’ principle, continuity equation, Bernoulli’s equation; springs motion,
pendulum oscillations.
b) Skills:
Use physical principles to explain the working of simple dynamical systems and
 Analyse problems into components and treat each component using the relevant
physical laws.
 Assess the use of different principles and approaches in solutions of the problems
in linear and rotational motions.
 Experience applications of dynamics and kinematics in common real-life situations.
 In the laboratory students learn how to operate simple experiments, take data, and draw
a simple linear graph in order to measure its slope.
c) Attitudes:
 The student gains partial first-hand experience in adopting scientific approach of
questioning and reasoning.
 The student learns that the physical world can be understood through a set of a few
physical rules and principles.
 The student grasps that physics is not just a set of mathematical equations. The
equations and the associated quantities have meaning and significance.
4. Course Structure
The course is designed to be delivered in one semester of 15 weeks with 6 contact hours per
week (3 hours lecture, 3 hours either a tutorial or a lab session). The course weight is 4 credit
5. Topics
Kinematics in One
Kinematics in Two
Newton’s Laws of
 Reference Frames and Displacement
 Average Velocity
 Instantaneous Velocity
 Acceleration
 Motion at Constant Acceleration
 Solving Problems
 Falling Objects
 Graphical Analysis of Linear Motion
 Vectors and Scalars
 Addition of Vectors—Graphical Methods
 Subtraction of Vectors, and Multiplication of a Vector by
a Scalar
 Adding Vectors by Components
 Projectile Motion
 Solving Problems Involving Projectile Motion
Newton's First Law of Motion
Newton's Second Law of Motion
Newton's Third Law of Motion
Weight—the Force of Gravity; and the Normal Force
Solving Problems with Newton’s Laws: Free-Body
Weeks no
 Applications Involving Friction, Inclines
Circular Motion;
Work and Energy
Kinematics of Uniform Circular Motion
Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion
Highway Curves, Unbanked
Nonuniform Circular Motion
Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
Gravity Near the Earth’s Surface
Satellites and Weightlessness
Work Done by a Constant Force
Kinetic Energy, and the Work-Energy Principle
Potential Energy
Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
Mechanical Energy and Its Conservation
Problem Solving Using Conservation of Mechanical
Energy Conservation with Dissipative Forces: Solving
Momentum and Its Relation to Force
Conservation of Momentum
Collisions and Impulse
Conservation of Energy and Momentum in Collisions
Elastic Collisions in One Dimension
Inelastic Collisions
Collisions in Two or Three Dimensions
Center of Mass (CM)
Rotational Motion
Elasticity and
Angular Quantities
Constant Angular Acceleration
Rolling Motion (Without Slipping)
Rotational Dynamics; Torque and Rotational Inertia
Solving Problems in Rotational Dynamics
Rotational Kinetic Energy
Angular Momentum and Its Conservation
The Conditions for Equilibrium
Solving Statics Problems
Stability and Balance
Elasticity; Stress and Strain
 Phases of Matter
 Density and Specific Gravity
 Pressure in Fluids
 Atmospheric Pressure and Gauge Pressure
 Pascal's Principle
 Measurement of Pressure; Gauges and the Barometer
 Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle
 Fluids in Motion; Flow Rate and the Equation of
 Bernoulli's Equation
Vibrations and
Simple Harmonic Motion
Energy in the Simple Harmonic Oscillator
The Period and Sinusoidal Nature of SHM
The Simple Pendulum
6. Lab/tutorial content
Content Lab
Lab1:Graph Plotting
Lab 2: Measurement of Length and Density
Lab 3: Free Fall
Lab4: Hooke’s Law
Lab 5: Simple Pendulum
Lab6: Buoyant Force
Content Tutorial
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4-5
Chapter 6-7
Chapter 8-9
Chapters 10-11