Fundamentals Of Physics – phy101 (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce physics at an entry level by examining the principal laws of physics leading to a conceptual understanding of how these principles relate to everyday life. The topics in this course include Newton's laws, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics. Students will apply these principles using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Mechanics: Newton’s Laws of Motion

  • Identify examples of physics in everyday life.
  • Explain the concepts of motion and force – position, velocity, and acceleration.
  • Apply Newton's three laws of motion to objects with position, motion, and forces.

Momentum and Energy

  • Describe the terminology, concepts, and conservation of linear momentum and energies.
  • Describe how simple machines work in terms of force, distance, and mechanical advantage.

Rotational Motion and Gravity

  • Explain rotational motion, forces, and momentum.
  • Explain the universal law of gravitation and its relationship to the force of gravity on Earth and in the solar system.
  • Explain projectile and satellite motion, and their applications.

Properties of Matter

  • Explain the atomic nature of matter.
  • Describe the states and properties of matter.
  • Describe the relationship between gases and atmospheric pressure.


  • Explain heat, temperature, and heat transfer.
  • Describe the relationship between changes of phase and transfer of energy.
  • Explain the laws of thermodynamics and their practical applications.

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