A self-contained introduction to Physics for students who do not need the depth and rigor of courses for science majors. It includes a number of foundational topics, such as the laws of motion, the universal principles of conservation, gravitation, and the properties of matter, light and sound. The course is based on the conceptual approach, although it contains a mathematical component. Lecture sessions will also include a number of additional elements, such as hands-on demonstrations of physical phenomena, computer-simulated physical experiments, and videos.
The function of this course is to give the background in mathematics and physics needed for later architecture building technology courses and professional practice. The mathematical principles are introduced with, and motivated by, their application in physics. For instance, trigonometry and vectors are introduced as a way of quantitatively understanding the physical principles of equilibrium and stability. Other topics in mathematics covered include coordinate geometry and functions. In physics, the topics include mechanics, science of materials, heat and light. Required for architecture majors. Please see your architecture advisor for information regarding the math placement test.