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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

PHYS     2AG

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

General Physics

3. Division:

Natural Sciences Division

4. Department:

Physics and Engineering Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

General Physics

7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2018

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:


Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.


2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.






         54.00 To


To be arranged:






         54.00 To


Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


            108 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  4.00 To


Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

190200 - Physics, General

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:


8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit – Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

MATH 150

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

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11. Course Program Status:

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 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

 CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

 Applying for CSU Transfer Status

 UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

 Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAB1 - Physical Sciences
ASB1 - Physical Sciences

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSB1 - Physical Sciences
CSB3 - Laboratory Activity

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG5C - Physical Science – Combo
IG5A - Physical Science - Lecture Only



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

The basic principles of physics. Includes theory, applications, laboratory, and problem solving in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Basic principles of physics. Mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion. Includes laboratory.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- Displacement and distance
- Velocity and speed
- Acceleration
- Two-dimensional motion
- Newton's Laws of motion
- Free body diagrams
- Work, energy, impulse, and momentum
- Rotational kinematics and dynamics
- Harmonic oscillators and waves
- Sound
- Fluid statics
- Heat and temperature
- Latent heat
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)

- Measure the position, velocity of an object moving at constant velocity and perform graphical analysis
- Measure the position, velocity and acceleration of an object moving with constant acceleration and perform graphical analysis
- Measure the position, velocity and acceleration of an object moving in two dimensions and perform graphical analysis
- Measure the forces acting on an object and observe the relationship between net force and acceleration
- Determine the total work done on an object by measurements of kinematic or force quantities or both
- Measure the relationship between initial and final energy in a system and observe how this is affected by the total work done
- Make measurements of an object in rotational equilibrium and observe the effect of a zero net torque
- Measure an object undergoing rotational acceleration and observe the relationship between that acceleration and the net torque
- Make measurements of the kinematic, force, work energy, or all three quantities of an object undergoing simple harmonic motion for example either a pendulum or a spring
- Make measurements of the frequency, wavelength, speed, or all three of a mechanical wave and observer the relationship between these quantities
- Make measurements of the effect of buoyancy on an object
- Measure how changing thermal energy in a system affects that system including both changes in temperature and changes in phase
- Final exam

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Employ the scientific method in performing experiments in the areas of mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics.
2. Select and accurately use the best tool to measure a variety of quantities such as length, time, mass, and temperature.
3. Analyze and evaluate measured data for accuracy and consistency.
4. Construct relationships between physical quantities in the areas of mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics using experimental results.
5. Perform data manipulation and analysis using the proper software and clearly communicate the results of measurements and of subsequent data analysis.
6. Integrate diverse physics principles and apply them to problem solving in mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Weekly lab reports (1-8 pages) consisting of a series of paragraph-long critical analyses of physics lab activities, including explaining procedures,recording observations and synthesis of theory with experimental results

Explanations and interpretation of graphs, diagrams and physical phenomena in terms of concepts and physical laws (A few sentences to a paragraph)

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Computational and conceptual problem solving involving mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Use of lab apparatus to measure properties of physical systems
Recording, graphing, and interpreting data and observations from physical systems

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple-choice questions in which students choose among various possible answers to questions in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion

Completion exercises in which students complete sentences involving concepts in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion.

Short-answer questions involving concepts mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion or explaining observations from their lab activities

Problem solving, in which students are required to calculate various quantities given various other physical quantities for problems in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. A paintball player on level ground shoots a paint ball at an angle of 25 degrees above the horizontal. The paintball is 1.5 m above the ground as it leaves the paint gun with a speed of 12 m/s. Quantitatively describe everything you can about the motion of the paintball.

2. A 0.075 kg toy airplane is tied to the ceiling with a string. When the airplane's motor is started the plane moves with a constant speed of 1.21 m/s in a horizontal circle of radius 0.44. Find the angle the string makes with the vertical, and the tension in the string.

3. A railroad boxcar of mass 12,000 Kg is initially rolling with a speed of 0.3 m/s down an incline of 1.0 degree in a railroad yard. There is a frictional force of 2200 N on the car. How far will it travel along the track before stopping?

4. A 5.00 m long ladder, weighing 200N, rests against a smooth vertical wall with a base on a horizontal rough floor, a distance of 1.30 m away from the wall. The center of mass of the ladder is 2.5 m from its base, and the coefficient of static friction between the ladder and the floor is 0.2. How far up the ladder, measured along the ladder, can a 600 N person climb before the ladder begins to slip?

5. The good ship Lollipop, mass 40,000 kg, is exploring the Peanut Cluster when it comes to the planet BonBon. Previous surveys have indicated that BonBon has a mass of 5 x 10^24 kg and a radius of 7000 km. Captain Shirley decides that she wants the Lollipop to make one circular orbit of BonBon every 14 hours.
a. Draw a free body diagram showing the forces acting on Lollipop while it is in orbit.
b. Calculate how far above the planet’s surface Lollipop will have to be.

6. Use work-energy considerations to find the final speed of a block of mass 5.0 kg, initially moving at 3.0 m/s, that is pushed by a force of 12 N at an angle of 35º below the horizontal for 20.0 meters on a frictionless surface.

7. A turntable is spinning at a rate of 33 revolutions per minute. Find the minimum coefficient of static friction that will let a penny located 10.0 cm from the axis of the turntable stay on the surface of the turntable.

8. A 2.00 kg cart is hung from a spring. The spring stretches 5.00 cm. The spring is now mounted horizontally on a wall so that the cart can roll back and forth on a floor. The spring is pulled back 4.0 cm to the right and released.
a) What will be the period of the oscillation?
b) What will be the speed of the cart when t=0.500 seconds?
c) What is the maximum acceleration that will be experienced by the cart?

9. You place a 300-W travel immersion heater into a cup that holds 245 grams of water at 24ºC. The heat entering the cup is negligible compared to the heat entering the water.
(a) What is the temperature of the water in the cup after 180 seconds?
(b) What is the temperature of the water in the cup after 360 seconds?
(c) How much water remains in the cup after 360 seconds?

10. Luigi suspends a 12-kg lantern between his store and a telephone pole. The cable attached to his store makes a 40º angle with the wall. The cable to the telephone pole is horizontal.
Calculate the two tensions in the two cables.

11. Bobby loses hold of his snow saucer, which starts to slide down a 55-m long, 11º slope. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the saucer and the snow is 0.081.
(a) What will be the acceleration of the saucer?
(b) How long will it take for the saucer to get to the bottom of the hill?
12. You are given a heavy metal disk, which can rotate along its central axis with a negligible amount of friction in its bearings. Design and carry out an experiment to determine the moment of inertia of the disk. Explain clearly how your measurements lead to the desired result.


6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  James Walker


  Physics, Vol 1



Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Mt. SAC Physics Department


  Lab Modules for Physics 2AG


  Day 'N Nite, Walnut, CA

Date of Publication:



  2017 edition (revised each year)

c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication: