Introduction to Physics I

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Physics I

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Fundamental principles, including matter in motion, energy and momentum, solids and fluids, thermal physics and heat.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course fulfils the liberal education requirement of four credits in an experimental science; it is conceptual and non-mathematical. It does not overlap with or duplicate any other course. It gives the student an insight of the physical world based in classical physics. With rapid technological development and our increasing dependence on science and technology, a basic knowledge of fundamental physical phenomena is necessary for an integrated understanding of the world we live in.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Build a general background in the science of classical physics and discuss the differences between an experimental science and other disciplines.
    2. Develop a knowledge of the relationships between time, displacement, velocity and acceleration, and apply these relationships to problems in everyday one-dimensional and twodimensional motions.
    3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of fundamental laws by Newton and develop the analytical tools required to apply them in a variety of situations.
    4. Demonstrate a clear understanding of conservation laws (Conservation of Linear and Angular Momentum, Conservation of Energy Principle) and develop the analytical tools required to apply them in a variety of situations.
    5. Examine the development of classical physics and the insight it led to in the study of fluids, heat and temperature; show the ability to apply the relevant concepts in practical examples.
    6. Relate and apply the scientific method of work in laboratory activities and assess the effect of experimental uncertainties on lab results.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Class lectures, interactive learning (class discussions, group work) video presentations, and practical problems solved in class.
    • Exercises and analysis of special topics are assigned as homework, and are reviewed in class
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture/lab material.
    • Use of a blackboard site, where instructors are free to post course documents, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.