SCP 201 – Fundamental of Physics I

Course content

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Homework and Assignments

Homework modules were developed on MyOpenMath and piloted from January-February, 2020. MyOpenMath is a free, open source, online course management system for mathematics and other quantitative fields. Functions include randomizing questions, online tests, discussion forum, and automatic grading.

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Lab Handouts, Manuals and Safety

SCP 201 Lab Handouts and Manuals

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Forms and Safety for All Physics Labs

(Source: LAGCC Natural Sciences Department)

Free E-Textbook 

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College Physics is optional. The textbook is free to read online and to download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL:

Urone, P., & Hinrichs, R. (2012). College Physics. Houston, Texas : OpenStax. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.

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Textbook problem solutions

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The syllabus contains information on Course materials, Instructional Objectives,  Grading Scheme and Standards, Homework Assignments, Attendance and other policies, Class schedule and instructors, and Laboratory requirements and experiments.

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Course Description

SCP201 Fundamentals of Physics I is the first semester of a two-semester sequence covering the basic laws of physics with an emphasis on laboratory experience and mathematical solutions of problems. This is a basic course for students intending to continue their studies in the physical and biological sciences, since more advanced courses in the natural sciences assume knowledge of this material. Among the topics studied are: SCP201: The basic concepts of mechanics; kinematics; Newton’s gravitation; conservation of momentum and energy; heat, emphasizing the kinetic theory; and electrostatics (charge, forces, fields, electrical energy. Prerequisites for SCP201: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096. 4 credits; 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)

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References: Physics and Astronomy OER

  • Physics and Astronomy OER
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