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Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics A

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics A (common course-id PHYS 105), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

C-ID Number: PHYS 105

General Course Description: PHYS 105

This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a one-year course in physics as a requirement for their major program.  The course is part of a two-semester sequence whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations.  Core topics include:  kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids, and simple harmonic motion.

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence.  PHYS 105 is composed of topics that together with PHYS 110 constitute all of the topics included in PHYS 100.  Topics may be offered in varying sequences and combinations, including “floating topics”.  The floating topics may be placed in different courses in the sequence, but all must be covered during the two-semester sequence.  Since different colleges vary slightly in the order in which topics are presented, it is strongly recommended that students take the entire sequence at the same institution.

Minimum Units: 4.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Prior completion of a course covering Trigonometry (C-ID MATH 851)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Predict the future trajectory of an object in two dimensions with uniform acceleration.
  • Analyze a physical situation with multiple constant forces acting on a point mass using Newtonian mechanics.
  • Analyze a physical situation using concepts of work and energy.
  • Analyze static and dynamic extended systems using the concepts of torque and angular acceleration.

Laboratory Objectives:

At the conclusion of the laboratory component of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze real-world experimental data, including appropriate use of units and significant figures.
  • Relate the results of experimental data to the physical concepts discussed in the lecture portion of the class.


  • Examinations which include problem solving,
  • exercises,
  • final examinations,
  • projects,
  • homework problems,
  • laboratory reports.

*Note that not all of the methods listed are required.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • College Physics
    College Physics (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This course can also be considered as a textbook. It is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but... More
  • The Light and Matter Series
    The Light and Matter Series (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is an introductory text intended for a one-year introductory course of the type typically taken by biology majors,... More
  • A Radically Modern Approach to Introductory Physics Volume II
    The text was developed out of an alternate beginning physics course at New Mexico Tech designed for students with a... More
  • College Physics
    College Physics (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Published by OpenStax College, this introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with... More