Course DescriptionsPHYSICS

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**PHYS-101 Technical Physical Science**

4 Credits (Science Core)

This Technical Physics course is designed for technology majors such as BMET, Cardiovascular, Computer Support, Electronics, and Telecommunications Technology. It consists of basic scientific math and an integrated sequence of physical and chemical principles. This course will enable the student to become aware of, to identify, and to evaluate situations and/or problems in contemporary physical science which include: basic chemical and physical principles with applications to the human body; properties and states of matter; science measurement and dimensional plus statistical analysis techniques. Special emphasis is placed upon learning physics principles and solving mathematical problems in density/specific gravity, gas laws, solutions, pressure, work and energy, fluids, basic electricity, waves, sound, magnetism, and the atom. The laboratory program will allow the student to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of the above mentioned areas, including problem solving, and their application to physical phenomenon observed. Prerequisite: MATH-061. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-103 Fundamentals of Physics I**

4 Credits (Science Core)

Physics 103, a course designed mainly for science majors and pre-professional students, will enable the student to solve problems involving the major concepts in physics to include measurement: vector concepts; forces; mechanics (both statics and dynamics); fluids; heat concepts; and some thermodynamics. The students will develop the ability to interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to appraise, use, and interpret data collected (often by MBL) to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Pre- or corequisite: MATH-153, MATH-155 or higher. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-104 Fundamentals of Physics II**

4 Credits (Science Core)

Physics 104, a course designed mainly for science majors and preprofessional students, will enable the student to solve problems involving the major concepts in physics to include wave motion, sound, electrostatics, electric currents, circuits, electronics, magnetism, electromagnetic interactions, nature and properties of light, optics, and some modern physics. The student will develop the ability to interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to appraise, use and interpret data collected (often by MBL) to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Prerequisites: PHYS-103, and MATH-143 and MATH-153, or MATH-155, or higher. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-106 Earth and Space Science**

4 Credits (Science Core)

This is a course designed for non-science majors which is a general survey of basic earth science and astronomy topics. This course will enable the student to learn basic concepts of soils, groundwater, weather and the hydrological cycle, urban geology, rocks and minerals, historical geology, plate tectonics, scale of the solar system, historical astronomy, basic motions of the earth plus celestial bodies, constellation identification, planet evolution and characteristics, space satellites, telescopes, the sun, stellar properties and evolution, and galaxies and cosmology. In the laboratory, the student will develop skill with basic equipment, laboratory techniques and procedures plus investigative skills to solve science-related problems. Field work will involve investigation of geology sites, constellation identification, and trips to local museums/planetariums. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-107 Physical Science**

4 Credits (Science Core)

PHYS-107 is a course designed for the Elementary Education A.A.T. students and the non-science major. It is a general survey of the contributions of physics and chemistry to man’s understanding of basic physical science concepts and will expose the student to the basic scientific vocabulary. In laboratory, students will develop skill with equipment, laboratory techniques and procedures, plus lab investigative skills to solve physics and chemistry-related problems. The lab emphasis is on the application of basic physical science principles in studying and solving problems plus the operation of basic equipment. Basic math skills will be needed to illustrate some of these principles. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in MATH-070. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-110 General Physics I (Calculus)**

4 Credits (Science Core)

General Physics 110 is the first semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course mainly for physics, physical science, engineering and related science majors. The course will enable the student to solve problems, using calculus methods when applicable, for the major concepts in physics to include: measurement; vector concepts; laws of motion, force, energy; principles of mechanics and statics; linear momentum; gravitation; oscillations; rotation; and vibrations. The student will develop the ability to interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to appraise, use, and interpret data collected (often by MBL) to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. Pre- or corequisite: MATH-181. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-111 General Physics II (Calculus)**

4 Credits (Science Core)

General Physics 111 is the second semester of a three-semester, calculus-based physics course. The course will enable the student to solve problems, using calculus methods when applicable, for the major concepts in physics to include: heat; kinetic theory of gases; thermodynamics; waves; electrostatics; DC and AC circuits; magnetism; electromagnetic interactions, and electromagnetic radiation. The student will develop the ability to interpret and apply the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics to describe the behavior of the physical world. In the laboratory program, the student will develop the ability to appraise, use and interpret data collected (often by MBL) to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena observed. Prerequisites: PHYS-110; Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. Pre- or corequisite: MATH-182. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

**PHYS-112 General Physics III (Calculus)**

3 Credits

General Physics 112 is the final semester of a three-semester calculus-based physics course. The course will enable the student to solve problems, using calculus methods when applicable, for the major concepts in physics to include: wave motion; sound waves; superposition; standing waves; advanced electromagnetic wave theory including Maxwell’s Equations; geometric and some physical optics; special theory of relativity; and topics in modern physics. In the laboratory/recitation program, the student will develop the ability to appraise, use and interpret data collected to express mathematically and/or explain the physical phenomena involved. Prerequisites: MATH-182, PHYS-111, and eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)