Common Syllabus for PHY2053

This page outlines the common syllabus adopted by the department for our first semester introductory physics course PHY2053 without calculus. The course is designed to cover a broad range of topics typically identified with Mechanics and Mechanical Waves. At FIU all students taking our PHY2053 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, College Physics by H.D. Young.

Required TopicsChapter
1 Models, Measurements and Vectors 1
2 Motion Along a Straight Line 2
3 Motion in a Plane 3
4 Newton’s Laws of Motion 4
5 Application of Newton's Laws including Circular Motion 5,6
7 Work, Kinetic Energy and Conservation of Energy 7
8 Momentum, Impulse, Conservation of Momentum, Center of Mass and Collisions8
9 Rotational Motion: Kinematics, Kinetic Energy of Rotation and Rotation about a Moving Axis 9
10 Rotational Dynamics: Torque, Rotational Inertia, Moment of Inertia and Conservation of Angular Momentum 10
11 Newton's Law of Gravitation 6
12 Periodic Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion and the Simple Pendulum, 11
13 Mechanical Waves 12
14 Fluid Mechanics, Density and Pressure and Archimedes' Principle,13
Additional Topics at Instructor's DiscretionChapter
15 Rocket Propulsion8
16 Equilibrium of a Rigid Body 10
17 Stress, Strain and Elastic Deformations11
18 Sound and Hearing 12
19 Fluid Dynamics: Bernoulli's Viscosity and Turbulence 13
20 All of Thermal Physics: Temperature and Heat, Thermal Properties of Matter, 1st and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics 14-16