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Emphasizes the process and historical/logical development of physics and relates the conceptual ideas of physics to everyday experience. The course is offered primarily to meet laboratory science requirements for an Associate degree; it is also useful in lieu of high school physics. Laboratory is included. (Formerly PHYS 100)
Prerequisites: MATH 089 or TECH 089 or MATH 097, or permission of the instructor.
Provides the first quarter of a sequence for students in various health science, technology, and pre-professional areas. Student-initiated motion studies introduce the fundamental principles of mechanics through studies of kinematics, Newton's Principles, energy and momentum conservation principles, and their rotational analogues. Students participate in supporting small group laboratory investigations.
Prerequisites: MATH 098/TECH 098 or MATH 099/TECH 099 or MATH 087/097 with a grade of C or better.
Incorporates both thermodynamics and electromagnetism, including active student investigations of temperature, heat and thermal energy, entropy, the properties of simple electric and magnetic fields, and simple AC and DC circuits. Classroom activities help students connect the nature and role of fundamental principles in physics with real everyday operations of those principles. Students learn operation and use of contemporary instrumentation in lab investigations. (Formerly known as PHYS 102)
Prerequisites: PHYS& 114 or Instructor Permission.
Emphasizes the scientific development of fundamental principles through active student investigations of mechanical and electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics, special relativity, particles, waves, the quantum theory of the atom, the physics of the nucleus, and elementary particle theory as time permits. (Formerly known as PHYS 103)
Prerequisite: PHYS& 115 (was PHYS 102) or instructor permission.
Solicits student descriptions of energy production, patterns of use, and the challenges posed by dwindling energy resources using the language of physics: work, power, energy, heat, and the Conservation of Energy Principle. Students explore the physical/technological bases of current/proposed technologies, along with current scientific discussions of environmental effects such as global warming and radiation.Students cannot receive credit for both ENGR 210 and PHYS 210.
Prerequisite: Algebraic, writing, and presentation skills; a previous distribution science course (e.g., PHYS& 100) would be helpful.
Provides the first quarter of a three-quarter calculus-based physics sequence for majors in the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The Principles of Newtonian Mechanics are introduced, progressing through kinematics, then dynamics, with applications to problems involving particle and rigid body motion. Small groups carry out supporting lab investigations that further clarify and apply these fundamental principles. Use of elementary calculus gradually increases during the quarter. This is the first course in fundamental university transfer course sequence for science, engineering, or mathematics students.
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 151 or instructor permission.
Second quarter of a three-quarter calculus-based physics sequence for majors in the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Incorporates study of the mechanics of fluids, oscillilatory motion, thermodynamics, electrostatics and electric current. Student labs include investigations of waves, temperature, heat flow, entropy and static electricity. The laboratory component further clarifies and applies these fundamental principles. Continuation of a fundamental university transfer course sequence for science, engineering, or mathematics students.
Prerequisites: PHYS& 221, concurrent enrollment in MATH& 152 or instructor permission.
Third quarter of a three-quarter calculus-based physics sequence for majors in the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Incorporates electromagnetism and wave physics through student investigation of magnetism, time-varying magnetic fields, DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics. The laboratory component further clarifies and applies these fundamental principles. Continuation of the fundamental university transfer course sequence for science, engineering, or mathematics students.
Prerequisites: PHYS& 222 or instructor permission.