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Course details

Physics 1164 is a general algebra-based physics course which emphasizes topics of special relevance to mechatronics and robotics. The laboratory portion of the course emphasizes the proper techniques of measurement, experimentation, and data analysis. The lecture portion of the course emphasizes basic Newtonian mechanics, including topics such as kinematics, static and dynamic equilibrium, work, energy, power, torque, rotational motion, linear and angular momentum.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the lecture portion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her comprehension of the material by solving quantitative and qualitative problems involving:

  • The proper techniques of unit conversion and dimensional analysis.
  • Kinematics and dynamics of linear motion in one and two dimensions.
  • The use of free-body diagrams and applying Newton’s Laws of Motion in one and two dimensions for both equilibrium and non-equilibrium situations.
  • Friction, normal forces, gravity, inclines, tensile and compressive forces.
  • The kinematics of rotational motion (angular displacement, velocity and acceleration).
  • Moments of forces (torques), couples, moment of inertia and parallel axis theorem applied to both equilibrium and non-equilibrium situations.
  • The concepts of work, energy, power, efficiency, and the principle of conservation of energy.
  • The concepts of impulse, momentum, and the principle of conservation of momentum for both linear and rotational motion.

Upon successful completion of the laboratory portion of this course, the student will have the ability to:

  • Properly use scientific instruments to obtain accurate measurements when operating technical equipment.
  • Determine the mathematical relationship between two independent variables in an experiment by properly interpreting and analyzing data using computer graphing/curve-fitting software.
  • Obtain an estimate of the uncertainty in a calculated quantity that is based upon measurements.
  • Write a clear, concise, and properly formatted technical report.

Effective as of Fall 2010

Related Programs

Physics for Robotics 1 (PHYS 1164) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Mechatronics and Robotics
    Diploma Full-time


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