Physics 101 – Course Learning Objectives


  • Understand and describe the physical world and the behavior of everyday objects in terms of advanced concepts, such as acceleration, energy, momentum, reaction forces, ..etc.
  • Recognize and appreciate the explanatory power of a simple set of principles (i.e., Newton’s laws, energy conservation, ..) in explaining diverse phenomena.
  • Be ready to apply the principles of classical mechanics in other desciplines such as biology, robotics, game design,….etc.


1- Analyze the motion of an object with a constant acceleration, compute and draw its velocity and position as a function of time.
2- Solve a projectile motion problem, recognize the difference between the horizontal and vertical components of motion.
3- Analyze the forces acting on an object in motion and equilibrium and draw free body diagrams.
4- Compute centripetal and tangential acceleration for an object in a circular motion.
5- Relate linear and angular kinematics.
6- Apply the relation between torque, angular momentum, angular acceleration to rotating rigid bodies.
7- Compute the moment of inertia and the center of gravity for a rigid body.
8- Compute velocities of colliding particles after elastic and inelastic collisions.
9- Apply the principle of conservation of energy to solve physical problems involving elastic forces, gravitational forces, objects in linear and rotating motion.
10- Analyze the effects of frictional forces to objects in linear and rotational motion.
11- Analyze an extended object in equilibrium subject to many forces and apply the static equilibrium conditions to compute some of these forces in terms of the other ones.
12- Understand the difference between conservative and nonconservative forces.
13- Compute the work done by a force during the motion of an object and the change in its potential energies if this force is conservative.
14- Describe the motion of objects in simple harmonic motion, such as the simple pendulum and compute the natural frequency of oscillations.
15- Apply Newton’s law of gravitation to simple problems, such as a satellite in circular orbit, and the consequences of this law to the motion of planets.