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Course SummaryPhysics 101 has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging physics topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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You'll learn fundamental physics principles and laws through this course, which introduces you to vectors, linear momentum, fluids and much more. You'll study the laws of motion and find out how to determine the acceleration of an object before moving into lessons on translational and rotational equilibrium, electric force fields and magnetism. This course also presents elements of modern physics and nuclear physics.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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- One sheet of blank scratch paper
- Pen or pencil
- A non-graphing, scientific calculator (We'll provide you access to Desmos scientific calculator during the final exam.)
- A print-out copy of the following formula sheet:
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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Calculate displacement, velocity and acceleration
- Determine if the forces on an object are balanced or unbalanced
- Calculate kinetic, gravitational and elastic potential energies
- Infer a final energy given a starting energy
- Differentiate between mass and weight
- Explain how a hydraulic lift works
- Describe the three types of heat transference methods and give correct examples for each
- Describe the relationship between electricity and magnetism
- Explain the difference between how alpha, beta and gamma radiation affects the nucleus of an atom
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Physics 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Physics 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Physics 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Introduction to Physics||Explore fundamental physics concepts, scientific notations, dimensional analysis, linear relationships and quadratic relationships.|
|Vectors||Describe types of vectors and the process to add, subtract and multiply vectors. Understand how to get a resultant vector and perform vector operations using components.|
|Kinematics||Differentiate between displacement and distance and speed and velocity. Determine acceleration using slope of speed and explain projectile, free fall and uniform circular motion.|
|Force and the Laws of Motion||Examine Newton's Laws of Motion. Explain the differences between mass, inertia and weight and describe action and reaction force pairs. Describe friction, inclined plane, the spring constant and centripetal force.|
|Work and Energy in Physics||Apply the work-energy theorem and describe relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Examine gravitational potential energy, conservative forces and power.|
|Linear Momentum in Physics||Describe the impulse-momentum change equation and apply the momentum conservation principle. Discuss elastic and inelastic collisions and isolated systems and find the center of gravity.|
|Rotational Motion||Generate kinematic equations for rotational motion and describe torque and the parallel-axis theorem. Understand rolling motion and linear momentum and apply the law of conservation of angular momentum.|
|Equilibrium and Elasticity||Describe conditions for translational and rotational equilibrium and the relationship between center of gravity and stability. Calculate mechanical advantage of simple machines and examine tensile and compressive stress and shear and bulk strain.|
|Waves, Sound and Light||Define vibrations and explore wave parameters, electromagnetic waves and pitch and volume in sound waves. Discuss reflection, resonance, color, diffraction and the Doppler Effect.|
|Fluids in Physics||Define density and pressure and perform calculations for hydrostatic pressure. Apply Pascal's Principle and Archimedes' Principle and use the equation of continuity and Bernoulli's equation.|
|Thermodynamics in Physics||Explore the relationship between temperature and heat, phase changes and heat transfer. Describe thermal expansion, the ideal gas law, entropy and the first and second laws of thermodynamics.|
|Electrostatics||Understand electric charge, force fields and Coulomb's Law. Solve parallel-plat capacitor problems and describe electric potential.|
|Circuits in Physics||Examine insulators and conductors, electric current and electrical resistance. Describe Ohm's Law and resistor-capacitor circuits. Discuss alternative current power and RLC series circuits.|
|The Physics of Magnetism||Explain magnetic force and how magnetic fields are created. Describe Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction.|
|Wave Optics||Use equations to answer mirror and images questions. Examine polarizing light, single-slit and double-slit diffraction and thin film interference. See applications for the Michelson Interferometer.|
|Relativity||Describe classical relativity and general and special relativity. Discuss time dilation, space contraction and the interchangeable relationship between mass and energy.|
|Modern Physics & Nuclear Physics||Explore photons, atomic spectra, nuclear binding energy and radioactive decay. Interpret decay graphs and discuss applications of radioactive nuclides.|
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|Completed all lessons in Physics 101: Intro to Physics course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Have not taken this exam three times. (0/3)|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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