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Course Description

Schoolcraft is excited to offer traditional credit face-to-face, hybrid, online, and remote classes for Fall 2020 while providing students a safe experience based on recent COVID-19 concerns.

Please see the COVID-19 web page to learn more. Keep checking the schedule for additions on our New, Added, and Late Starting Courses web page.

Physics - PHYS 181

General Physics 1

4 Credit Hours
4 Lecture Hours
2 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

This first semester course in general physics is designed for pre-professional students. Using algebra and trigonometry, the traditional topics of mechanics, fluids, energy, heat and sound are explored through lecture demonstrations, interactive activities and laboratory work. This course is not for engineering students or physics majors.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • PHYS 123 or one year of high school physics.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity and acceleration.
  • Analyze a system's mechanics using Newton's Laws of Motion.
  • Organize forces using a free body diagram.
  • Analyze a system's mechanics using conservation of energy.
  • Analyze collisions using both conservation of energy and conservation of momentum.
  • Analyze simple harmonic motion.
  • Analyze orbital motion of satellites using Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
  • Explain various wave phenomena using the principle of superposition.
  • Integrate concepts across the chapters of the text.
  • Assign the appropriate SI unit to a physical characteristic.
  • Use significant figures when reporting calculated values.
  • Classify a physical quantity either as a scalar or a vector.
  • Change between polar and Cartesian vector notation.
  • Add two vectors graphically and algebraically.
  • Use computer simulation to model motion.
  • Use DataStudio for data acquisition.
  • Develop data tables and graphs to portray the results of experimental data collection.
  • Compare measured results from an experiment with calculated values derived from a mathematical model.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2020; PHYSICS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2020

 181145106General Physics 1RMT4Fane F5/19/0Open$268.00M W  01:00 PM-03:54 PM WEBWEB
 181145108General Physics 1RMT4Hollman K3/19/0Open$268.00T R  12:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
 181145110General Physics 1RMT4Holody P4/19/0Open$268.00T R  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 181145115General Physics 1RMT4Holody P4/19/0Open$268.00T R  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 181145156General Physics 1RMT4Janes C4/19/0Open$268.00T R  06:00 PM-08:54 PM WEBWEB

Winter; 2021; PHYSICS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 181115106General Physics 1RMT4Fane F9/25/0Open$268.00M W  12:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
 181115108General Physics 1RMT4Janes C21/25/0Open$268.00T R  11:30 AM-02:24 PM WEBWEB
 181115114General Physics 1RMT4Fane F19/25/0Open$268.00T R F  01:00 PM-02:53 PM WEBWEB

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday