Common Syllabus for PHY2048

This page outlines the common syllabus adopted by the department for our first semester introductory physics with calculus course PHY2048. The course is designed to cover a broad range of topics typically identified with Mechanics and Mechanical Waves. At FIU all students taking our PHY2048 classes can thus expect to see material from the list of required topics below. In addition, and at Instructor's discretion, material from the optional topics may also be included the course.

The topics identified below include a summary of the material to be covered along with the corresponding chapter in our common text book, University Physics by Young and Freedman.

Required TopicsChapter
1 Units, Physical Quantities and Vectors 1
2 Motion Along a Straight Line 2
3 Motion in Two or Three Dimensions 3
4 Newton’s Laws of Motion 4
5 Application of Newton's Laws including Circular Motion 5
6 Work and Kinetic Energy and the Work-Energy Theorem 6
7 Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy 7
8 Momentum, Impulse, Conservation of Momentum Center of Mass and Collisions 8
9 Rotational Motion: Kinematics, Kinetic Energy of Rotation 9
10 Rotational Dynamics: Torque, Rotational Inertia, Moment of Inertia and Conservation of Angular Momentum10
11 Newton’s Law of Gravitation 13
12 Periodic, and Simple Harmonic Motion 14
13 Mechanical Waves 15
Additional Topics at Instructor's DiscretionChapter
14 Rocket Propulsion8
15 Parallel Axis Theorem, Moment of Inertia Calculations and Precession10
16 Equilibrium of rigid bodies, Center of Gravity, Stress, Strain and Elastic Deformations11
17 Fluid Mechanics: Fluid Statics, Density, Pressure, Buoyancy, Fluid Dynamics: Bernoulli's Viscosity and Turbulence12
18 Damped and Forced Oscillations 14
16 Sound and Hearing 16
17 All of Thermal Physics: Temperature and Heat, Thermal Properties of Matter, 1st and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics 17-20