Course Descriptions


PHY101 - Introduction to Physical Science I Credits: 3
Historical development and significance of major concepts and theories with emphasis on the nature of physical science and its role in modern life; stresses elements of physics and chemistry with topics from organic chemistry and modern physics also included. Intended for students in non-technical fields.

PHY102 - Earth-Space Science (Introduction to Physical Science II) Credits: 3
This course is a broad and nonquantative survey at the introductory level of topics in astronomy and geology. Major topics included are the solar system, na­ture of the universe as a whole, and finally to a focus on the earth itself. You will enjoy learning about mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes, rock, minerals, with a special emphasis placed on local geology.

PHY103 - Physics for the Trade Technologies Credits: 3
A physics course designed for students enrolled in industrial trade curricula. It is designed to emphasize basic physical concepts as applied to industrial/technical fields and to use these applications to improve the physics and mathematics com­petence of the student.

PHY111 - Descriptive Astronomy Credits: 3
An introductory course in Astronomy covering the solar system, stars, galaxies, light and astronomical instruments, time, celestial mechanics and cosmology. Pos­sibilities and limitations of modern space exploration are discussed.

PHY121 - Technical Physics Credits: 4
Introduction to mechanics; statics, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, momentum, rotational kinematics, simple machines. Properties of materials. Heat; calorimetry, heat transfer, the gas laws. Introduction to light, sound and electric circuits.
Prerequisite: MAT 111 or concurrent enrollment therein, or equivalent.

PHY123 - Technical Physics I Credits: 4
The course is designed as the first semester of a two-course sequence to provide a thorough grounding in basic physical principles for the technology student. Covered in this first semester are topics including: mechanics, linear and rotational statistics, kinematics, dynamics, properties of material; density, mass, pressure, heat, work, energy, power, friction, momentum, simple machines.

PHY124 - Technical Physics II Credits: 4
The course is designed as the second semester of a two-course sequence to provide a thorough grounding in basic physical principles for the technology student. Covered in this second semester are topics including: vibratory motion, electricity and magnetism; fields, inductance, resistivity, capacitance, light and sound waves, reflection, interference, resonance, lenses, diffraction, fiber optics, polarization and Doppler effect; introduction to atomic and nuclear theory. Wherever possible, applications to technology are pointed out, but the emphasis of the course is on fundamental physics.
Prerequisite: PHY 123.

PHY131 - General Physics I Credits: 4
Covers mechanics and the thermal properties of matter. Topics include Newton's laws of motion, static equilibrium, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, vibrations, and heat.
Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra or permission of instructor.

PHY132 - General Physics II Credits: 4
Designed as a continuation of General Physics I. Topics include electricity, mag­netism, waves, sound, light, optics, and an introduction to modern physics.
Prerequisite: PHY 131 or permission of instructor.

PHY151 - Calculus-Based Physics I Credits: 4
A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and the termal properties of matter. Some of te topics covered are Newton's laws of motion, momentum, energy, oscillations, fluids, and heat.
Prerequisite: MAT 151

PHY152 - Calculus-Based Physics II Credits: 4
Designed continuation of Calculus-Based Physics I. Topics include electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics.
Prerequisites: PHY 151 and MAT 251