Physics 141


A physics course taught on the algebraic and trigonometric level. Mechanics and heat are studied. Topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton’s law, static equilibrium, work and energy rotational kinematics, rotational dynamics, simple harmonic motion, heat and thermodynamics.

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Identify the forces that affect observed motions of nature.
  • Describe the conservation laws as they apply to mechanics.
  • Use mathematics in solving physics problems.
  • Apply data reduction techniques in laboratory experiments.


  • Measurements
  • Vectors
  • One and Two Dimensional Kinematics
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Work, Energy, and Conservation of Mechanical Energy
  • Linear Momentum and Collisions
  • Rotational Kinematics and Rotational Dynamics
  • Vibration - Oscillatory Motion
  • Temperature, Heat, and Thermodynamics
  • Kinetic Theory of Gas


The courses is entirely online.  Homework is not collected but there is a weekly online quiz that follows the homework.  Each lesson generally has a quiz and a laboratory.  The labs are presented as virtual equipment similar to those in a real laboratory.  There is no separate lab manual.

Problems are mostly one-step algebra.  Some problems involve trigonometry; however, the trigonometry information is given, so no knowledge of trig is necessary.

There are four exams including the final, which is not comprehensive.

The textbook used in the course is

"College Physics Hybrid Editon" by Raymond A. Serway and Chris Vuille (Tenth Edition)"

ISBN-13    9781285761954
ISBN-10    1285761952

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