Precalculus Models in Physics
Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 quarters
Successful completion of Algebra 2 in high school, or successful completion of a college intermediate algebra course designed as a prerequisite for precalculus, or sufficient evidence of competency in the prerequisite material.
This program combines a course in precalculus with introductory physics. In fall, we will study energy in its many forms: motion, electricity, heat, sound, light, and forms of stored energy. The physics of energy, energy transfer, and energy conservation will provide context for studying mathematical models that use linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions .
In winter, we will study momentum as we expand our models to two and three dimensions using trigonometric functions, rational functions, parametric curves, vectors, and polar coordinates.
Conceptual understanding and collaborative learning will be emphasized. Problems will be approached algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.
This program is preparatory for calculus, and taking the 4-credit course Physics: Oscillationsin the spring after this program provides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.
Fields of Studyeducation mathematics physics
medicine, education, mathematics, and further studies in STEM fields.
QuartersFall Open Winter Open
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