General Physics for Technical Students
Objectives for PHYS 2101
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1.1 Relate position, displacement, average and instantaneous speed, average and instantaneous velocity,
average and instantaneous acceleration, and time. Use these concepts in problems involving the motion
1.2 Use graphical methods to analyze one-dimensional motion.
1.3 Describe physical quantities that can be represented using vectors. Calculate the components of vectors
in a given coordinate system and the magnitude and direction of a vector given its components.
Combine two or more vectors using vector addition, vector subtraction, the dot product of two vectors,
and the cross product of two vectors.
1.4 Given several forces acting on a single object, use Newton’s Second Law to determine the object’s
acceleration; or, given the motion of an object, determine an unknown force.
1.5 Given a physical situation, apply Newton’s Second and Third Laws following these steps: a) sketch
the situation, b) identify forces, c) construct a free-body diagram, d) determine the net force on the
object, and e) apply Newton’s Second Law to solve for unknowns.
1.6 Correctly use the various properties of weight forces, normal forces, tensions, spring forces, friction
forces, and drag forces in analyzing problems.
1.7 Analyze uniform circular motion by relating period, velocity, radius, and centripetal acceleration,
including the directional properties of an object’s velocity and acceleration.
1.8 Given a constant force and the straight-line motion of an object, calculate the work done on the object.
1.9 Estimate or calculate the work done during one-dimensional motion either by determining the area
under a force-vs-displacement graph or by integration.
1.10 Apply the work-kinetic energy theorem to a moving object subject to one or more forces.
1.11 Use the deﬁnition of power to relate power, work, and time.
1.12 State the deﬁnition of potential energy and describe the types of forces with which a potential energy
may be associated. From a given one-dimensional potential energy, ﬁnd the associated force.
1.13 Given a graph of an object’s potential energy versus position, determine the direction and approximate