Elements of Physics – PHYS 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the basic concepts of physics for non-science majors. Included topics: Mechanics (motion, energy, simple machines, momentum, gravity), heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, sound and light, history and methodology of science.




Since science and technology are dominant themes in our culture, every student should be exposed to some area of natural science. PHYS 101 is an introductory course designed for non-science and non-math majors to partially fulfill the general education requirement in the area of natural science.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply major fundamental concepts of physics as presented in the textbook.
  2. Translate realistic physical problems into the equations which describe them.
  3. Use appropriate units for physical quantities.
  4. Use quantitative reasoning and basic mathematics skills in the solution of problems.
  5. Effectively communicate an understanding of physical concepts.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes: Social and Scientific Inquiry

  1. SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
  2. SSI 2b: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of humankind’s role in scientific inquiry and discovery.
  3. SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations


Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge by using Reading & Study materials. Any additional sources used must be cited using current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 1 classmate’s thread. Your reply must be at least 125 words.

Homework (8)

For each module/week, the student will complete various online exercises in Cengage’s Inquiry into Physics system, WebAssign. These homework assignments will reinforce the content of the course textbook readings from the assigned module/week.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will build on the homework assignments and cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions. In addition, quizzes for Modules/Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 will have 1 multi-part problem. This multi-part problem will be given at the time of the quiz. It must be written on paper and solved, and then an image of the solution must be uploaded during the quiz. The student must include his/her name on the paper. Each quiz will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.