Courses: Physics

PHYSICS (PHYS)

Course descriptions from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

PHYS 100 Survey of Physics (3)

This is an introductory course in Physics with topics chosen from, but not limited to, mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, wave theory, optics, atomic and/or nuclear physics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic principles and concepts with application to "Real-Life" connections. Simple algebra will be used. (DP)

Prerequisite: MATH 82, MATH 103 or MATH 135 with a grade of C or higher or qualification for MATH 103, MATH 135 or higher.

Rec Prep: PHYS 100L.

PHYS 100L Survey of Physics Laboratory (3)

Introduction to laboratory techniques and experimental methods of physics with emphasis on linking the understanding of physics concepts with "Real-Life" situations. (DY)

Prerequisite: C or better for or concurrent registration in 
PHYS 100.

PHYS 151 College Physics I (3)

The first course in a two-semester sequence in introductory physics intended for science majors. Emphasis is split between concepts and mathematical applications. Algebra, trigonometry and geometry are used; calculus is not. The course includes mechanics, kinetic theory and thermodynamics. Required: scientific calculator. (DP)

Offered Fall Semester only.

Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 140 or MATH 140X or by consent of instructor

PHYS 151L College Physics Laboratory (1)

An experimental analysis (laboratory) course paralleling PHYS 151 in content and mathematical level, intended for science majors. Class meets once a week for 3-hour sessions. (DY)

Offered Fall Semester only.

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 151

PHYS 152 College Physics II (3)

The second course in a two-semester sequence in introductory physics intended for science majors. Emphasis is split between concepts and mathematical applications. Algebra, trigonometry and geometry are used; calculus is not. Course includes electricity and magnetism, wave motion, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Required: Pocket trig-type calculator. (DP)

Offered Spring Semester only.

Prerequisite: PHYS 151.

PHYS 152L College Physics Laboratory II (1)

An experimental analysis (laboratory) course paralleling PHYS 152 in content and mathematical level, intended for science majors. Class meets once a week for 3-hour sessions. (DY)

Offered Spring Semester only.

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 152.

PHYS 170 General Physics I (4)

A rigorous introductory course in classical mechanics and thermodynamics for physical science and engineering majors, emphasizing the mathematical techniques used in the explanation of physical phenomena. (DP)

Prerequisite: C or better or concurrent registration in MATH 206.

Rec Prep: PHYS 100.

PHYS 170L General Physics I Laboratory (1)

Mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, wave motion, thermodynamics and kinetic theory. (DY)

Prerequisite: C or better or concurrent registration in PHYS 100.

PHYS 272 General Physics II (3)

Electricity, magnetism, and geometric optics. (DP)

Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 170 and MATH 206.

PHYS 272L General Physics II Laboratory (1)

Experimental analysis in electricity, magnetism and optics. (DY)

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 272.

PHYS 274 General Physics III (3)

Relativity, introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and physical optics.

Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 152 or PHYS 272, and credit (C or better) or concurrent registration in MATH 231.