I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Classical Physics I
2. Course Prefix & Number:
PHYS 1411
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 2
4. Course Description:
This course is a calculusbased introductory physics. The topics include kinematics in threedimensions, vectors, force, dynamics, circular motion, gravity, energy, linear momentum, rotational motion, rotational energy, angular momentum, equilibrium and elasticity, fluid mechanics, periodic motion, waves, and sound. The course emphasizes conceptual understanding, critical thinking skills, and problemsolving. The laboratory component reinforces conceptual understanding through scientific inquiry, physical measurements, and scientific modeling. The course also emphasizes formal report writing based on student projects. The simulations and digital/wireless data acquisitions are used to help students visualize and understand abstract concepts.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Writing College Level CLC or Writing College Level or Writing Honors College Level 
Score: 

6. Prerequisite Courses:
PHYS 1411  Classical Physics I
A total of 1 Course(s) from...
8. Prerequisite (Entry) Skills:
Students should have successful experience using Microsoft Office or similar applications.
9. Corequisite Courses:
PHYS 1411  Classical Physics I
All Course(s) from the following...
Course Code  Course Title  Credits 
MATH 1477  Calculus I  5 
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
University of North Dakota, Physic 251/251 lab University Physics 1, 4 credits
University of Minnesota Duluth, Physics 2012 General Physics I, 4 credits
St. Cloud State University, PHYS 234 Classical Physics I, 5 credits
2. Transfer  regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:
St. Cloud State, 2002, Engineering BS
III. Course Purpose
1. ProgramApplicable Courses – This course is required for the following program(s):
Engineering, AS Degree
2. MN Transfer Curriculum (General Education) Courses  This course fulfills the following goal area(s) of the MN Transfer Curriculum:
Goal 3 – Natural Sciences
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Demonstrate written communication skills 
Write scientific reports and solutions to problems proficiently. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Analyze physical situations, develop models based on the physical laws, principles and scientific theories, and/or solve equations to answer questions about the given situation. 
Utilize appropriate technology 
Effectively use calculus and differential equations on an analysis software to solve problems. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
 Demonstrate understanding of laws of physics and physical principles by drawing conclusions based on the laws and principles applied to the given problems and situations. MnTC Goal 3
 Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories in physics by presenting analyses of problems and situations based on the theories. MnTC Goal 3
 Formulate and test hypotheses through laboratory experiments by designing apparatus, collecting data, analyzing statistically and graphically, and identifying sources of error and uncertainty. MnTC Goal 3
 Formulate and test hypotheses by performing simulations. MnTC Goal 3
 Communicate the findings, analyses, and interpretations of experimental projects by oral presentations and in written reports. MnTC Goal 3
 Communicate the findings, analyses, and interpretations of lab experiments in written reports. MnTC Goal 3
 Evaluate societal issues from a physics perspective. MnTC Goal 3
 Ask questions about the physical evidence presented. MnTC Goal 3
 Make informed judgments about physicsrelated topics and policies. MnTC Goal 3
 Design two experimental apparatuses that demonstrate laws of physics or physics principles.
 Demonstrate the use of computers to acquire and analyze experimental data.
 Demonstrate the use of computational software to solve numerical problems in physics.
 Relate laws of physics and physical principles to natural phenomena in everyday life.
 Demonstrate understanding of relative uncertainty in the experimental result.
 Write formal scientific reports based on student project.
V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
 Measurements, Systems of Units, and Estimation
 Theories, Models, Principles, and Laws
 Kinematics in One, Two, and ThreeDimension
 Reference Frames, Position, Displacement
 Graphical Analysis, Differential Calculus
 Velocity – Average and Instantaneous
 Integral Calculus, Numerical Integration
 Acceleration – Average and Instantaneous
 Constant and Variable Acceleration, Equations of Motion
 Free Fall
 Vectors—Graphical Methods, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication
 Vectors—Unit Vectors and Components Methods
 Kinematics
 Projectile Motion
 Relative Motion
 Dynamics
 Mass, Vector Force, and Types of Forces in Nature
 Newton’s Laws of Motion—First, Second, and Third
 FreeBody Diagram
 Solutions of Systems of Linear Equations—Gaussian Elimination, Cramer’s Rule, Matrices, and Numerical Methods
 Force of Gravity, Normal Force, Friction
 Circular Motion— Uniform, Nonuniform
 Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation and Kepler’s Laws—Orbital Motion, Newton’s Synthesis
 Position, and VelocityDependent Forces
 Vector Fields—Gravitational, Velocity
 Principle of Equivalence—Curvature of Space
 Rotational Dynamics
 Angular Vector Quantities
 Angular Equations of Motion
 Torque
 Rotational Dynamics—Moment of Inertia
 Rotational Kinetic Energy
 Rolling Motion
 Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
 Equilibrium—Statics and Dynamics
 Elasticity—Stress, Strain, and Fracture
 Energy and Momentum
 Kinetic Energy—Integral Calculus on Kinematics
 WorkEnergy Principle
 Work—Constant and Variable Force, Scalar Product
 Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
 Potential Energy and Mechanical Energy
 Conservation of Mechanical Energy
 The Law of Conservation of Energy
 Power
 Momentum—Integral Calculus on Kinematics, Impulse
 Conservation of Momentum and Energy
 Collisions—Elastic and Inelastic
 Center of Mass, Manybody Systems
 Angular Momentum–Vector Cross Product Particle, System of Particles, and Rigid Object
 Conservation of Angular Momentum
 Rotating Frames of Reference; Inertial Forces
 Fluid Mechanics
 Properties of Matter—Phase, Density, Specific Gravity
 Pressure—Fluids, Atmospheric, Gauge
 Pascal’s Principle
 Buoyant Force—Archimedes’ Principle
 Fluid Dynamics—Flow Rate, Equation of Continuity, Bernoulli’s Equation
 Viscosity—Poiseuille’s Equation
 Surface Tension and Capillarity
 Oscillatory Motion
 Energy of Simple Harmonic Oscillator
 Simple Harmonic Motion—Uniform Circular Motion, Simple Pendulum, Physical Pendulum, Torsion Pendulum
 Damped Harmonic Motion
 Forced Oscillations; Resonance
 Waves
 Waves—Transverse and Longitudinal
 Energy Transfer
 Traveling Wave—Wave Equation
 Principle of Superposition—Reflection, Transmission, Interference, Standing Waves, Resonance
 Refraction
 Diffraction
 Sound
 Mathematical Representation of Longitudinal Waves
 Intensity of Sound
 Sources of Sound—Vibrating Strings and Air Columns
 Quality of Sound—Superposition, Harmonics, Timbre
 Beats
 Doppler Effect—Shock Waves and the Sonic Boom
 Sonar, Ultrasound, and Medical Imaging
2. Laboratory/Studio Sessions
 Measurements and Uncertainty: Accuracy, precision and significant figures, units, statistics, and relative uncertainty
 Vectors: Graphical methods, Displacement on Maps
 Kinematics: Displacement, velocity, and acceleration versus time graphs of human and coffee filter from the motion detector and that of a cart from rotational sensor
 Projectile Motion: Model the flight of a projectile to determine the position and velocity vectors during the flight, and test the parameters to hit a target
 Newton’s Laws of Motion: Test of inertia and tension force, test of acceleration of a cart on track and the tension in the string exerted by a hanging weight monitored by rotational sensor on the pulley and wireless force sensor on the cart validated by relative error and relative uncertainty
 Friction: Friction in the pulley and wheel bearings in Newton’s Second Law apparatus, static and sliding frictions between wood and track, and drag coefficient of coffee filters from Kinematics lab data, compared to models based on the Newton’s Second Law
 Orbital Motion: Model orbital motion from solar and planetary observation data compared to Kepler’s Laws and Newton’s Laws, determine angular velocity, angular momentum, linear velocity, and linear momentum
 Moment of Inertia: Moment of inertia of a rolling ball determined from the velocity of the rolling ball on a ramp
 Work Done by Varying Force: Experimental modeling of Hooke’s Law and numerical integration of data to obtain work done by varying force
 Conservation of Energy: Energy of falling ball, falling coffee filter, falling payload of weather balloon
 Conservation of Momentum: Model the flight of a multistage rocket
 Damped Oscillation: Model damped oscillator with variable parameters—mass, spring constant, and damping coefficient
 Coupled System: Model the response of a vertical and horizontal coupled mass spring oscillators