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PHYS 104: PRE-TECHNICAL PHYSICS

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MAT 106 or equivalent

This is a course in elementary physics. It is intended to provide the student with an introduction to scientific units of measure, dimensional analysis, and basic applications of physical principles to the student's technical interests. The topics selected and discussed will be directed toward the student's field of study.

PHYS 110: FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is an introductory treatment of the study of motion, atomic structure, heat, sound, electricity and light. An attempt is made to relate directly the physical concepts to the major fields of study represented in the class. Designed for students in some of the applied science programs, as a general education course for students in the non-science transfer programs, and as a foundations course for students strengthening their science background before enrolling in one of the regular physics sequences. [IAI: P1 901L]

PHYS 112: TECHNICAL PHYSICS I

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 130 or equivalent

This course covers the basic concepts of mechanics (forces, velocity, acceleration, energy, power); heat and thermodynamics; simple machines; fluid mechanics; and mechanical properties of materials. Mathematics used in computations include algebra, trigonometry, and some basic programming.

PHYS 113: TECHNICAL PHYSICS II

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PHYS 112 with a grade of "C" or better

This course covers the advanced concepts of mechanics (impulse, momentum, projectile motion, rotational motion, circular motion, simple harmonic motion); light and optics; electricity; magnetism; solid-state physics; and modern physics (atomic and nuclear physics).

PHYS 120: GENERAL PHYSICS

5 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval and high school or college credit in trigonometry or concurrent enrollment in MATH 120

This course is a study of mechanics and thermodynamics designed for students in the liberal arts. [IAI: P1 900L]

PHYS 121: GENERAL PHYSICS

5 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PHYS 120

This course is a continuation of PHYS 120. The course includes: the study of electricity, magnetism, wave motion, light and modern physics.

PHYS 211: ENGINEERING PHYSICS: MECHANICS

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PHYS 110 or high school physics, MATH 222, and credit or concurrent enrollment in MATH 223

This course is a study of mechanics for students majoring in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Topics will include Newton's laws; linear and rotational kinematics, dynamics, and momentum; systems of particles; work and energy, harmonic motion and waves.

PHYS 212: ENGINEERING PHYSICS: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PHYS 211; a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH 224

This course is a continuation of PHYS 211 and is a study of electricity, magnetism, and geometric optics for students majoring in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Topics will include Coulomb's Law; electric fields and potential; resistance, capacitance, and inductance; DC and AC circuits; magnetic forces and fields; Laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday; Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves; geometrical optics and polarization. [IAI: PHY 912]

PHYS 213: ENGINEERING PHYSICS: THERMODYNAMICS

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PHYS 212 and MATH 224

This course is a continuation of PHYS 212 and is a study of thermal and fluid physics for students majoring in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Topics will include: heat and temperature, kinetic theory of gases, specific and latent heat, heat transfer, first and second laws for thermodynamics, heat engines, fluid statics and dynamics, propagation of sound, universal gravitation. [IAI: EGR 913]

PHYS 214: ENGINEERING PHYSICS: MODERN PHYSICS

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PHYS 213; credit with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH 250

This course is a continuation of PHYS 213, a study of modern physics for students majoring in engineering, mathematics , physics, or chemistry. Topics include special relativity; interference and diffraction; photons, matter waves, and the uncertainty principle; wave mechanics; atomic structure and potential wells; solid-state physics and conduction; nuclear and elementary particle physics.

PHYSC 090: INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC LITERACY

3 hrs. (BEC)

Prerequisite:

This course will facilitate student development of science literacy through the implementation of student/faculty-generated science investigations, utilizing instruction across disciplines in collaboration with faculty members in all departments. This course is intended specifically for students to prepare for transfer level science courses.

PHYSC 110: ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course provides students not majoring in science with an opportunity to study world energy and environmental problems while learning basic concepts of physical science. It surveys topics of availability of energy resources, storage and consumption of energy, alternate sources of energy, and measurement and management of energy as they relate to our planet's life-support capabilities. Recommended for students who desire to build a background of information useful in keeping abreast of future developments in areas such as construction, transportation, industry, business, agriculture, economics and marketing. [IAI: P9 900L]

PHYSC 114: INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course explores the origin and nature of the universe, intergalactic space, and the motion within the celestial sphere. Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week including instruction at the Planetarium and Observatory. [IAI: P1 906L]