PHY-251 General Physics I

This course is offered at Surry each fall semester.

Course Description

This course uses calculus-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include units and measurement, vector operations, linear kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, rotational mechanics, periodic motion, fluid mechanics, and heat. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered.
Prerequisite: MAT-271.
Corequisite: MAT-272.


Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 4th Edition
Randall D. Knight
Package (ISBN 9780133953145) Contains:
 Student Workbook, and
MasteringPhysics Access Card

Topics Covered

  1. Concepts of Motion
  2. Kinematics in One Dimension
  3. Vectors and Coordinate Systems
  4. Kinematics in Two Dimensions
  5. Force and Motion
  6. Dynamics I: Motion Along a Line
  7. Newton’s Third Law
  8. Dynamics II: Motion in a Plane
  9. Work and Kinetic Energy
  10. Interactions and Potential Energy
  11. Impulse and Momentum
  12. Rotation of a Rigid Body
  13. Newton’s Theory of Gravity
  14. Fluids of Elasticity
  15. A Macroscopic Description of Matter
  16. Work, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  17. The Micro/Macro Connection
  18. Heat Engines and Refrigerators