General Physics I – PHYS 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 03/28/2022

Course Description

A study of mechanics, gravitation, waves, sound, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics from a non-calculus perspective.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course and PHYS 202 provide a basis for further study and careers in all the sciences, particularly the fields of Biology, and Medical and Health Sciences.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of physics. 
    2. Analyze a physical situation using physics principles and concepts.
    3. Apply problem solving skills to work physics problems.
    4. Analyze and interpret laboratory data in order to verify God’s natural laws.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Social and Scientific Inquiry (SSI)

SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.

SSI 2b: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of humankind's role in scientific inquiry and discovery.

SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and embedded videos

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Watch and Interact Assignments (8)

In each module, you must watch the course videos which cover module-level material. There are short quiz questions interspersed into the videos that you will watch in each module. Answer the question to receive the points for these Video Assignments. These videos are housed in WebAssign (MLOs: A). 

Homework: Getting Started with WebAssign Assignment

The student must complete the course orientation assignment in WebAssign and must receive a score of 100% before he/she can start any of the other assignments in WebAssign. The student will be allowed unlimited attempts for this quiz.

CE (Chapter Exercise) Assignments (11)

The student will complete exercises associated with each chapter studied. These exercises will be completed in WebAssign (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: SSI 1, 2b, 3).

HW (Homework) Assignments (10)

Each module, the student will complete homework assignments which will correlate with the assigned Learn material. These assignments will be completed using WebAssign, and the student will be allowed multiple attempts to answer each question (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: SSI 1, 2b, 3).

Lab Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 labs in WebAssign (MLO: B, C, D; FSLO: SSI 3).

Quiz: Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 open-book/open-notes tests throughout the course in WebAssign. Tests are based on the Learn material, homework assignments, exercises, and labs. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each test and must complete each test one sitting (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: SSI 3).

Quiz: Comprehensive Final Exam

The student will complete a comprehensive, open-book/open-notes Final Exam in WebAssign. The Final is timed and is expected to be completed in one sitting. The student will have 2 hours to complete each test and must complete each test one sitting (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: SSI 3).