PHY 112 Physics for Allied Health

Campus Location:
Effective Date:
MAT 162


Course Credits and Hours:
4.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This is an introductory, algebra/trigonometry based course in physics with an emphasis on allied health applications.  The major topics include motion, force, torque, energy, waves, electricity, and sound.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Describe the properties of motion. (CCC 2, 6)
  2. Explain the concepts of force, torque, and statics. (CCC 2, 6)
  3. Distinguish between the concepts of work, energy, and power. (CCC 2, 6)
  4. Identify the properties of waves. (CCC 2, 6)
  5. Identify the properties of electricity. (CCC 2, 6)
  6. Describe the properties of sound. (CCC 2, 6)
  7. Explain speed, forces, rotational motion, periodic motion, work and power, sound and circuits using laboratory techniques.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the properties of motion.
    1. Identify the units of measure for mass, length, and time.
    2. Identify the use the metric prefixes of giga, mega, kilo, deca, deci, centi, milli, micro, nano, and pico.
    3. Convert units from one system to another (SI to English, etc.).
    4. Define acceleration, velocity, displacement, distance, and speed.
    5. State and apply uniform acceleration formulas.
  2. Explain the concepts of force, torque, and statics.
    1. Define force, and identify the four basic kinds.
    2. State and explain Newton’s Laws.
    3. Distinguish between weight and mass.
    4. Describe vectors problems using graphical methods.
    5. Describe friction, spring force, and earth’s surface gravity.
    6. Define torque and static equilibrium.
    7. State the conditions required for a body to be in static equilibrium.
    8. Define center of mass and center of gravity.
    9. State the force or acceleration from Newton’s Laws for various types of problems.
    10. State the various kinds of forces acting on both horizontal and inclined surfaces.
    11. Distinguish between conservative and non-conservative forces.
    12. Discuss the changes in the amount of kinetic energy, momentum, and total energy that occur when two objects collide in an elastic or inelastic collision.
    13. Given the force and sufficient information, predict the torque and determine the moment arm.
    14. Identify the equilibrium conditions for a given system.
    15. State the forces that exist on an object that is in rotational equilibrium.
  3. Distinguish between the concepts of work, energy, and power.
    1. Define work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and power, and express each one mathematically.
    2. Explain and apply the principle of conservation of energy.
    3. Define efficiency.
  4. Identify the properties of waves.
    1. Define wave, vibration, frequency, period, wavelength, amplitude, and wave velocity.
    2. Explain how frequency, period, wavelength, and wave velocity are interrelated.
    3. Explain how amplitude and the energy content of a wave are related.
    4. Distinguish between longitudinal and transverse waves.
    5. Identify the wavelength given the frequency of sound (and vice-versa) using mathematical methods.
  5. Identify the properties of electricity.
    1. Define charge, and state Coulomb's law.
    2. Define current, and explain how it is related to charge.
    3. Distinguish between alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).
    4. Define voltage, and explain its relationship to potential energy and charge.
    5. State and apply Ohm's law.
    6. Define circuit, and state the requirements for a circuit.
    7. Discuss the basic hazards of electricity.
  6. Describe the properties of sound.
    1. Describe some properties of sound, including wavelength, amplitude, and frequency.
    2. Describe some applications of ultrasound and its relationship to the Piezoelectric effect.
    3. Describe the attenuation of sound energy that occurs when it enters a dense medium, such as a certain type of human tissue.
    4. State how mechanical energy (such as sound) is transformed into thermal energy (heat).
  7. Explain speed, forces, rotational motion, periodic motion, work and power, sound and circuits using laboratory techniques.
    1. Describe linear motion using laboratory techniques.
    2. Recognize uniform and non-uniform forces using laboratory techniques.
    3. Using laboratory techniques, describe the properties of periodic motion.
    4. Explain work and power using laboratory techniques.
    5. Using laboratory techniques, explain rotational equilibrium.
    6. Describe the properties of electricity using laboratory techniques.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

5-6 Exams (summative)  (equally weighted)


Quizzes (formative) (equally weighted)


Homework (formative)


Labs (summative) (equally weighted)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


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