Skip Navigation

PHYS180 - Introduction to Physics

Course Details

Course Code: PHYS180 Course ID: 5035 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers an introduction to classical physics for non-scientists. Students will learn to apply Newtonian principles to the fundamental topics of motion, gravitation, momentum, work and energy, heat, wave behavior, sound and light, electricity and magnetism. Basic algebra is used to demonstrate how mathematics can describe and predict the real-world behavior of objects, from electrons to planets. Students will be expected to relate physics principles to their daily lives. Students will discuss the process of the scientific method and also demonstrate science information literacy skills through source selection and creation of a narrated presentation.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  • Distinguish between Science and Pseudoscience.
  • Calculate the position, velocity and acceleration of macroscopic objects moving in one dimension.
  • Solve dynamics problems applying Newton’s laws of motion.
  • Solve mechanics problems applying the principles of conservation of linear momentum and energy.
  • Solve thermodynamics problems applying the principle of conservation of energy.
  • Explain how waves transfer energy without transferring matter.
  • Describe how waves are reflected and refracted at boundaries between media.
  • Solve simple problems in Electricity and Electromagnetism.
  • Explain the dual nature of light.
NameGrade %
Forums 16.00 %
Forum 1 2.00 %
Forum 2 2.00 %
Forum 3 2.00 %
Forum 4 2.00 %
Forum 5 2.00 %
Forum 6 2.00 %
Forum 7 2.00 %
Forum 8 2.00 %
Quizzes 56.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 8.00 %
Course Project: Prep 14.00 %
Assignment 1 - Annotated Bibliography 7.00 %
Assignment 2 - Outline 7.00 %
Course Project 14.00 %
Assignment 3 - Presentation 14.00 %
Book Title: College Physics - e-book available online, link provided in the classroom Lessons section
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info: OpenStax
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:College Physics - e-book available online, link provided in the classroom
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.