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PHY 184 - Applied Physics

Last Date of Approval: Fall 2021

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
The Applied Physics course blends basic technical principals with laboratory practice that involves realistic devices used by technicians in their everyday work. Students will gain hands-on experience using applied laboratory experiments to better understand mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems. These principles will aid the student in a more well-rounded, critical thinking mind to help them discern information later in their daily life. 

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $90.00

Common Course Assessment(s): All assessments are common for this course.

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze energy, power and work across the electrical, fluid, mechanical and other industrial systems.
  • Combine technology and physical quantities to perform measurements, compute results and report laboratory results.
  • Assess critical thinking skills to analyze physical properties.
  • Utilize scientific equipment for measuring physical quantities.
  • Solve US to metric conversions and metric to US conversions.

Course Objectives:

  • Precision Measurements
    • The students will learn how to use and read calipers, micrometers, & rulers.
  • Work, Power, HP, Energy
    • Students will distinguish between work and power and calculate for each.
  • Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Momentum
    • Students will utilize motion terms and analyze them in lab settings.
  • Heat, Temperature, Phase Change, Thermal Dynamics
    • Students will combine heat transfer lab results with heat related terms to identify to correlation between heat, metals, and liquids.
  • Force & Friction, Newton’s Laws of Motion
    • Students will utilize coefficients of friction and perform lab experiments to verify the results.
  • Vectors & Trig
    • Students will apply vector and displacement knowledge in a lab setting to solve Pythagorean theorem.
  • Properties of Matter & Fluids
    • Students will gain knowledge of various forms and examples of matter and the characteristics of the three main types of matter thru hands on lab experiments.
  • Basic Electricity & Magnetism
    • Students will utilize basic electrical terms and formulas to calculate series circuits. Students will discuss and analyze magnetism and its basic properties.

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