Technical Physics I_Syllabus

Kirkwood Community College Course Syllabus
Technical Physics I
Fall 2015
Jim Trepka
Contact Information
140 Jones Hall
Credit hours
Contact hours
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-9:55 am
MT100U and MT101U
Studies the technical applications of motion, force, momentum, statics,
work, rotation and simple machines. Emphasizes concepts through
laboratory and lecture.
Required Course
Purchase access code to available at the Kirkwood
Bookstore. Textbook is a free open source book
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
Course Outcomes:
Course Student
Outcomes and
Analyze applied physics problems using appropriate equations and
Build and assemble applied physics labs
Perform measurements of applied physics labs
Learning Competencies:
1. Differentiate between a scalar and a vector quantity. Calculate the
components of a vector. Illustrate graphically and mathematically
the resultant of two or more vectors.
2. Give a definition and measure velocity and acceleration, using proper
units. Solve problems that involve velocity and uniform acceleration.
3. Using proper units, give a definition and measure mechanical force.
State Newton’s Three Laws. Describe and predict what happens in a
system when forces are balanced or unbalanced. Solve problems that
involve Newton’s Three Laws.
4. Give a definition and measure friction in mechanical systems. Solve
problems that involve static and kinetic friction including incline
5. Give a definition and measure work, energy, and power in linear
mechanical and electrical systems. Explain the relationship between
energy and work. Explain the relationship between potential and
kinetic energy. Explain the conservation of energy law. Solve
electrical and mechanical problems that involve work, energy, and
6. Calculate the mechanical advantages of force transformers in
mechanical and fluid systems. Solve problems that involve
mechanical advantage in simple machines such as a lever, an inclined
plane, a wedge, gears, pulley systems, wheel and axle, screw jack, and
belt drive. Construct simple machines and analyze their behavior.
Differentiate between ideal mechanical advantage and actual
mechanical advantage. Calculate efficiency of a simple machine
based on mechanical advantage (actual/ideal) and based on work
7. State the equation for an impulse and momentum and explain the
terms. Express the law of the conservation of linear momentum
mathematically and give examples. Describe a perfectly elastic
collision algebraically and conceptually. Solve problems with
impulse and momentum. Measure impulse and momentum
8. Describe static equilibrium. State mathematically and conceptually
the first condition of equilibrium. Create a free body diagram and use
the diagram to solve for unknown forces or force components.
Illustrate by example and definition your understanding of the term
torque. Solve complex problems involving torque. Balance different
masses in a system by establishing equal torques.
9. Define mathematically and conceptually angular displacements,
angular velocity, and angular acceleration. Apply these concepts to
the solution of complex problems. Measure the angular velocity and
acceleration of a system.
10. Give a definition and measure work and energy involving rotational
inertia. Define angular momentum. Contrast and compare linear
system to rotational systems. Solve inertial problems.
11. Actively participate in class laboratories. Assume responsibility for
laboratory equipment. Assist other students and contribute to group
activities. Conform to all stated safety standards. Use appropriate
language in and out of the classroom.
Lab Competencies by Experiment
Experiment 1F1 Measuring Specific Gravity Competencies
1. Measure the specific gravity of a liquid using a hydrometer and a
pocket hydrometer.
2. Determine the density of a liquid given the specific gravity of that
Experiment 1F2 Measuring Pressure Competencies
1. Measure pressure above atmospheric pressure with a manometer
and a mechanical pressure gauge.
2. Measure pressure below atmospheric pressure with a manometer
and a mechanical pressure gauge.
3. Calculate absolute pressure, given atmospheric pressure and
measured pressure
Experiment 5MF1 Measuring The Potential Energy Of A Spring
1. Find the spring constant for a spring.
2. Predict the stretch caused by a known force applied to a spring.
Figure the Experiment 5MF3 Using Energy In Compressed Air To
Operate Air Motors Competencies
1. Use energy stored in a compressed air system to operate an air
2. Measure the rotational speed of the air motor.
3. Find the pressure drop across the air motor as it does work.
Experiment 5T2 Thermal Energy And The Specific Heat Of A Metal
1. Set up a device to find the specific heat of a metal.
2. Find the specific heat of a given metal, and state its units.
Experiment 6F2 Power From Air Motors Competencies
Set up and use and air motor mechanism to lift a load.
Measure pressure drop across an air motor.
Measure flow rate through an air motor.
Find the efficiency of the air motor being used.
Experiment 9*1 Natural Frequency Of A Vibrating Body Competencies
1. Assemble a system to measure the natural frequency of a simple
2. Measure the natural frequency of a simple pendulum.
3. Assemble a system to measure the natural frequency of a vibrating
4. Calculate the natural frequency of a vibrating system.
Experiment 11F1 Calibrating A Pressure Gauge Competencies
1. Use a U-tube manometer to measure air pressure.
2. Compare pressure measurement made with a differential pressure
gauge to that of the U-tube manometer.
3. Calculate the percent accuracy of the differential gauge readings
compare to the manometer.
Homework Late Policy: 50% is deducted from your score after initial
due date. No work is accepted one week beyond the original due
date! Any item not made up in this time frame will not be accepted,
and a zero will be recorded for that item.
Test Policy
NO MAKE UP LABS. Labs not completed on the day of the lab will be
recorded as a zero.
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circumstances you may make it up with the permission of the instructor.
All makeup exams must be done prior to the next class or you will take the
makeup exam during finals week and the exam will be different from the
rest of the class.
Exams missed due to unexcused absences will be recorded as an "F"
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