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An introductory, survey course in physics for non-science majors, not open to Math/Science majors. The objective of the course is to use the basic laws of physics to explain how things work. Using basic algebra, the student will learn how physics can explain the qualitative and quantitative nature of the interworking of common everyday objects that fall in one of the four major categories: Transportation - Topics related to the physics of riding a bicycle, sailing a boat, flying objects/animals, and the working of an automobile. Athletic Endeavors - Topics such as figure skating, playing ping pong, high jumping, and throwing a curve ball will be explained. The Arts - Topics related to the interworking of various musical instruments, mixing of color pigments, and the spinning of clay are a few of the items within the arts that will be examined. Human Body - The physics of the human body including vision, hearing, the heart as a pump, and other aspects will be explained. Prerequisite: MAT 087 or higher.
The first semester of a two-semester, basic, non-calculus General Physics course emphasizing fundamental concepts and principles with a problem-solving approach. Topics covered include Kinematics and Dynamics, Newton's Laws, Work and Energy, Momentum, Rotational Motion, Heat and Thermodynamics. A two-hour recitation session allows the opportunity to work on techniques of problem solving. Two class hours, two recitation hours and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: MAT 114 or higher. Only four (4) credits in either PHY 103 or PHY 105 may be used toward degree requirements.
Optional recitation section for PHY 103. Provides an opportunity for students to apply the basic laws of mechanics and to develop problem-solving skills. Structured as small group activities; requires completion of worksheets weekly.
The continuation of PHY 103. Topics covered include Vibrations and Wave motion, Physical and Geometrical Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, simple AC and DC Circuits and Modern Physics. Two class hours, two recitation hours, and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PHY 103 or equivalent.
The first course of a calculus-level sequence in general physics, primarily for engineering students or for students majoring in the physical sciences. Kinematics and dynamics of a particle, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, and gravity. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Co-requisite: MAT 161. Only four (4) credits in either PHY 103 or PHY 105 may be used toward degree requirements.
This is an optional recitation section for students taking PHY 105. It is structured as small group activities and provides students an opportunity to develop problem-solving skills in the subject of Mechanics. Co-requisite: PHY 105.
An analytical treatment of electricity and magnetism. Electrostatics, electric current, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and Maxwell's equations. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PHY 105; co-requisite: MAT 162.
This is an optional recitation section for students taking PHY 205. It is structured as small group activities and provides students an opportunity to develop problem-solving skills in the subject of Electricity and Magnetism. Co-requisite: PHY 205.
Heat transfer and thermodynamics, periodic motion, wave propagation, sound, light, and elements of modern physics. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PHY 105; prerequisite/co-requisite: MAT 162.