Course Outline

This is the first part of the two-semester General College Physics Course taught at NOVA.

The course is a non-calculus treatment of physics dealing with topics in classical and modern physics. It is intended for students in some of the two-year technical programs offered at NVCC and also for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, Liberal Arts and pre-teaching non-science majors, thus satisfying the requirement for a laboratory science at many four-year institutions.


MTH 163 and a satisfactory placement score for ENG 111.

Note: Students unfamiliar with trigonometry are strongly advised to take MTH166 instead of MTH 163.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Course Content Summary and Objectives as published on the NVCC web site.

By the end of the semester students are expected to know how to apply the following concepts to topics of Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations and Waves, and Thermodynamics:

  • Kinematics: Motion in one and more dimensions, including Rotational Motion
  • Dynamics: Forces, Newton’s Three Laws and their applications.
  • Energy and the Laws of its Conservation.
  • Linear and Angular Momentum and their conservation.


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