Skip main navigation

PHYS4A:  PHYS FOR SCI & ENG I


Course Description

An introduction to the principles of physics using calculus. Topics include kinematics in one, two and three dimensions, vectors, equilibrium and non-equilibrium applications of Newton's Laws, work and energy, momentum, systems of particles, rotational kinematics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, elasticity, and waves. (C-ID: PHYS 205) (C-ID: PHYS 200S: Phys 4A + Phys 4B + Phys 4C) PREREQUISITE: Completion of Mathematics 1A with a grade of 'C' or better, AND completion of PHYS 2A with a grade of 'C' or better OR High School Physics with a grade of 'B' or better.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast the various units of numbers and their significance.
  • Describe vectors and their manipulation and use them as problem solving tools.
  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast distance, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration.
  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast various forces, Newton's Laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, power and work.
  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast rotational kinematics and dynamics.
  • Identify and describe simple harmonic motion.
  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast longitudinal, transverse and sound waves.
  • Identify and describe the role of calculus as a tool to describe the physical world.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
Gavilan College Red Diamond 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard Red Diamond Gilroy, CA 95020 Red Diamond (408) 848-4800