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Physics Course Descriptions

PHY 110  Conceptual Physics

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied. Laboratory experiments and computer-based exercises enhance and consolidate the understanding of basic physical principles and applications. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Physics lab

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: MAT 060 or DMA 010, 020, 030

Corequisite: PHY 110A

PHY 110 Course Outline

PHY 110A  Conceptual Physics Lab

This course is a laboratory for PHY 110. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences that enhance materials presented in PHY 110. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the laboratory experiences to the concepts presented in PHY 110. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: MAT 060 or DMA 010, 020, 030

Corequisite: PHY 110

PHY 110A Course Outline: Not Available

PHY 131  Physics - Mechanics

This algebra- and trigonometry-based course introduces fundamental physical concepts as applied to engineering technology fields. Topics include systems of units, problem-solving methods, graphical analysis, vectors, motion, forces, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, power, momentum, and properties of matter. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles studied to applications in engineering technology fields. Laboratory experiments and computer-based tutorials consolidate the basic principles of physics that are used in the engineering field.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites: RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test and MAT 121

Corequisite: None

PHY 131 Course Outline

PHY 151  College Physics I

This course uses algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include units and measurement, vectors, linear kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, fluid mechanics, and heat. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered. Laboratory experiments, along with some computer-based labs and tutorials, consolidate the basic principles discussed in lectures. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test and MAT 172 or MAT 175

Corequisite: None

PHY 151 Course Outline

PHY 152  College Physics II

This course uses algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric fields, electric potentials, direct-current circuits, magnetostatic forces, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, alternating-current circuits, and light. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered. Laboratory experiments, along with some computer-based labs and tutorials, consolidate the basic principles discussed in lectures. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: PHY 151

Corequisite: None

PHY 152 Course Outline

PHY 251  General Physics I

This course uses calculus-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include units and measurement, vector operations, linear kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, rotational mechanics, periodic motion, fluid mechanics, and heat. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered. Laboratory experiments, some of which are computer-based, and computer-based tutorials enhance and consolidate the basic principles discussed in the theoretical section of the course. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites:RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test and MAT 271

Corequisite: MAT 272

PHY 251 Course Outline

PHY 252  General Physics II

This course uses calculus-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric fields, electric potentials, direct-current circuits, magnetostatic forces, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, alternating-current circuits, and light. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered. Laboratory experiments, some of which are computer-based, and computer-based tutorials enhance and consolidate the basic principles discussed in the theoretical section of the course. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites: MAT 272 and PHY 251

Corequisite: None

PHY 252 Course Outline
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