Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
PHYS101: Introduction to Mechanics
Self-Paced (33 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 general physics


The course objective is to study the physics of motion from the ground up - learning the basic principles of physical laws and their application to the behavior of objects. Classical mechanics studies statics, kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), energy, and momentum developed prior to the 1900 from the physics of Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify common units and S.I. prefixes while using significant digits and converting units
  • use kinematic equations to solve one-dimensional linear-motion problems
  • use kinematic equations to solve two-dimensional problems such as projectile motion
  • use Newton's laws of motion to analyze and solve dynamic problems involving various types of forces such as the universal law of gravity
  • use centripetal force and rotational kinematics to solve problems involving objects in circular motion
  • solve statics and dynamic problems involving rotation
  • use the work-energy theorem and the conservation of energy law to analyze machines and to solve linear and rotational problems
  • use conservation of momentum to solve elastic and inelastic collision problems for linear and rotational motion.

General Topics:

  • Introduction to physics
  • Kinematics in a straight line
  • Kinematics in two dimensions
  • Dynamics
  • Rotational kinematics
  • Rotational statics and dynamics
  • Work and energy
  • Momentum and collisions
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • final proctored exam

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials