PHY 131 – General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves and Thermodynamics


Jehad Mousa


• Kinematics: Instant and Average Speed-Acceleration, Examples of Motion in 2 Dimensions
• Newton's Laws and Applications, Friction and Fluid Resistance, Circular Relative Motion
• Kinetic/Potential Energy, Work, Conservative and Non-Conservative Forces, Energy Conservation Principle
• Linear Momentum and Principle of Conservation, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions, Center of Mass
• Rotation of Rigid Bodies: Angular Speed-Acceleration, Torque, Moment of Inertia, Rolling without Slipping, Rotational Energy, Angular Momentum and Principle of Conservation
• Periodic Motion: Simple Harmonic Oscillator: Equations and Energy, Simple and Physical Pendulum
• Mechanical Waves: Mathematical Wave Description, Speed-Acceleration-Wave Energy
• Introduction to Thermodynamics: Temperature, Calorimetry, Thermal Equilibrium, Thermal Expansion, Heat and Heat Conduction Mechanism
• Ideal Gases: Kinetic Gas Theory, the Ideal Gas Equation, Internal Energy, First Thermodynamic Law, Heat Capacity, Thermodynamic Processes, Diagrams P-V-T 


• 1st Midterm Exam (1/3 of the course content), 25% of the final grade

• 2nd Midterm Exam, (1/3 of the course content), 25% of the final grade

• Final Exam, (all course content), 50% of the final grade

Course Description


Main textbook:
University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume A: Mechanics-Thermodynamics, H.D. Young, Παπαζήση, (Greek Translation)

Additional Bibliography:
-Physics, Volume A, Mechanics-Waves-Thermodynamics Haliday-Resnick-Walker, Gutenberg, (Greek Translation)
-Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Serway-Jewett, Κλειδάριθμος, (Greek Translation)