
PHY 101 Course Schedule  Course Code:  PHY 101 

Course Title:  General Physics I (Mechanics) 

Course Objective:  The objectives of this course are to:
introduce students to the fundamental principles and concepts governing classical
mechanics (kinematics and dynamics) and have a working knowledge of their application
to reallife problems; and
provide students with opportunities to develop basic knowledge and understanding of:
scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories, scientific vocabulary,
terminology, conventions, scientific quantities and their determination, orderofmagnitude estimates, scientific and technological applications as well as their social,
economic and environmental implications. 

Course Synopsis:  Space and Time, frames of reference, Invariance of physical laws, relativity of simultaneity,
relativity of time intervals, relativity of length, units and dimension; standards and units, unit
consistency and conversions. Kinematics vectors and vector addition, components of vectors,
unit vectors, products of vectors. Displacement, Time and average velocity, instantaneous
velocity, average acceleration, motion with constant acceleration, freely falling bodies, position
and velocity vectors, acceleration vector, projectile motion. Motion in a circle and relative
velocity. Fundamental laws of mechanics: forces and interactions, Newton’s first law, Newton’s
second law, mass and weight, Newton’s third law. Statics and dynamics: application of
Newton’s laws, dynamics of particles, frictional forces, dynamics of circular motion. Galilean
invariance, universal gravitation, gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy,
conservative and nonconservative forces. Work and energy, kinetic energy and the workenergy theorem, power, momentum and impulse, conservation of momentum, collisions and
momentum conservation, elastic collisions, centre of mass. Rotational dynamics and angular
momentum angular velocity and acceleration, energy in rotational motion, parallel axis theorem,
torque, torque and rotation about a moving axis, simple harmonic motion and its applications.
The simple pendulum, damped oscillations, forced oscillations and resonance. 

Course Lecturer:  Professor A. M. Arogunjo 

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