Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Calculus I

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Student learning objectives

    1. The student will demonstrate problem solving skills in various types of problems in physics using quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and appropriate mathematical techniques.

    2. The student will demonstrate the ability to use scientific methods to understand and explain concepts in physics.

    3. The student will be able to connect physics concepts and problems to their world experience.


    Class discussion and participation will enhance the learning environment and will be important ingredients in our class. Please come to class prepared by reading material in advance so you have identified areas that are unclear to you and ask questions! We will use a variety of methods to introduce concepts including problems solving, group work, quizzes and discussion as well as more traditional methods. Most importantly please ask questions when something isn’t clear and especially if you find your curiosity has been picked!


    Basic outline

    Part I Vectors, motion in one and two dimensions, Newton’s Laws (dynamics)

    Part II Work and energy, momentum, torque and rotational dynamics, gravitation

    Part III Fluids, oscillations (simple harmonic motion), elastic waves and sound

    PART I

    1. Physics and measurement

    2. Motion in one dimension

    3. Vectors

    4. Motion in two dimensions

    5. Newton’s laws of motion

    6. Circular motion


    7. Energy of a system

    8. Conservation of energy

    9. Linear momentum

    10. Rotation (torque)

    11. Statics

    12. Universal gravitation


    13. Fluid Mechanics

    14. Simple harmonic motion

    15. Oscillatory motion: pendulum, damped and forced oscillations

    16. Wave motion

    17. Sound waves


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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