College Physics I and College Physics II constitute an introductory, calculus-based, two semester course mainly on classical Physics. Emphasis is placed on thorough comprehension of basic principles and methods of physics, development of essential abilities on problem solving and quantitative reasoning, etc. The topics covered with each are as follows,
College Physics I. MECHANICS
This part focuses on Newtonian mechanics, which concerns the physical laws that govern the motions of particles and of rigid macroscopic objects moving like particles. The main topics include: Base Quantities in Physics, Vectors, Scalars, Motion, Newton's Laws, Some Particular Forces, Friction, Work, Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Linear Momentum, Impulse, Newton’s Law of Gravitation, all for translational motion cases.
In this semester, pending on the purpose for knowledge expansion or deeper insights in Physics, other probable topics might include but are not limited to: Oscillations and Waves, Rotation, Elasticity, Fluid, Temperature, Heat, First Law of Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
College Physics II. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
This part concerns electrical and magnetic phenomena and theories in a basic but essential manner. The main topics include: Electric Charge, Electric Fields, Electric Potential, Gauss’ Law, Coulomb’s Law, Capacitance, Electric Circuits, Magnetic Fields, Ampere’s Law, Faraday’s Law of Induction, Lenz’s Law.
In this semester, pending on the purpose for knowledge expansion or deeper insights in Physics, other probable topics might include but are not limited to: Electromagnetic Oscillations and Alternating Current, Maxwell’s Equations, and Electromagnetic Waves, Fundamental Topics in Optics (Images, Interference, and Diffraction), Some Selected Topics in Modern Physics (Relativity, Atoms, Nuclear Physics, Quarks, Leptons, and the Big Bang), etc.