DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
Syllabus Physics 21900
Physics for Architecture Students
Catalog description: A one-semester course for students of Architecture. Translational and rotational equilibrium. Newton’s laws of motion and vibrations. Work, energy and power. Fluids and temperature. Heat and energy transfer.
3 LECT., 2 REC. HR./WK.; 4 CR.
Prereq.: completion of all mathematics requirements through trigonometry or be eligible for Math 20500.
Textbook and other suggested material:
Giancoli, Physics, Principles with Applications (6th ed.) (required), Prentice Hall Giancoli, Physics, Principles with Applications, Student Guide (6th ed.) (optional), Prentice Hall
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to
- to understand and use units for physical quantities and carry out units conversions
- to understand and use the concepts of displacement, velocity and acceleration
- to understand and apply Newton’s Laws of motion to problems of equilibrium and circular motion, etc.
- to understand and use the concepts of work & energy as well as kinetic & potential energy
- to understand and use the concept of linear momentum
- to understand the principles of rotational motion and the concepts of torque and angular momentum
- to understand the principles of elasticity & fractures
- to understand and use the concepts of density, pressure, Pascal’s principle, Archimedes Principle and the Bernoulli equation as applied to fluids
- to understand the principles of vibrations & waves
- to understand the principles of thermal physics as applied to expansion, thermal stress, the ideal gas law, specific heat and calorimetry
- to understand and use the concepts of electric field & potential, electric current and Ohm’s law
- to understand the principles of lighting & optics as applied to reflection & refraction and total internal reflection
- Units and Conversions
- Displacement, velocity, acceleration
- Newton’s Laws of motion
- Equilibrium & Center of Mass.
- Circular motion: centripetal force
- Work & Energy; Kinetic & Potential Energy
- Linear Momentum
- Rotational Motion: Torque, Angular Momentum
- Elasticity & Fractures
- Fluids: Density, Pressure, Pascal principle Archimedes Principle, Bernoulli Equation
- Vibration & Waves
- Natural frequencies, resonance
- Sound: Decibels, vibrating air columns
- Thermal Physics: Expansion, Thermal Stress
- Ideal Gas Law
- Heat: Specific Heat, Calorimetry Conduction heat loss Convection heat loss (briefly) Radiation heat loss
- Electric Field & Potential
- Electric Current: Ohm’s Law Power in Household Circuits
- Lighting & Optics: Reflection & Refraction Total Internal Reflection
two 125 minute classes
Relationship of course to program outcomes:
The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental learning outcomes:
- students of other disciplines will be able to synthesize and apply their knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve physics-related problems at an appropriate introductory level in important fields of classical physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and experimental physics, as appropriate to their majors.
- students of other disciplines will have the background in physics needed to perform well in advanced courses in their own disciplines for which introductory physics courses are a prerequisite.
- Homework assignments
- Results of quizzes
- Class participation
- Results of Final Exam
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