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Physics (PHYS)
PHYS 107
Twenty-First Century Physics for Everyone (5)
Students study the discoveries in modern physics and use it to explore the nature of science. Discusses the building blocks of matter, the fundamental forces of nature, gravity, and quantum theory. Intended for non-science majors, but science students may enjoy the course as well. Non-lab science. Does not transfer as a course which applies to a science major. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 101 (or higher) and MATH 097 (or higher). Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS 154
Physics for the Life Sciences 1 (5)
For students in college transfer programs. Course goals are to further develop an understanding of basic concepts of physics and analytical and problem-solving skills with applications to biological systems. Laboratory is an integral component of the course. Covers the ideas of motion, forces, momentum and energy from within the framework of Newton's Laws. No credit given to students who have completed PHYS& 114. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in MATH 097 or MATH 116 or 1-1/2 years of high school Algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS 155
Physics for the Life Sciences 2 (5)
For students in college transfer programs, especially those interested in biological or medical sciences. Course develops an understanding of the basic concepts of physics and analytical and problem solving skills with applications to biological systems. Laboratory is an integral component of the course. Teaches the principles of energy flow and conservation, along with electricity with biological and medical applications. No credit given to students who have completed PHYS& 115. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 114 or PHYS 154 and in either MATH 097 or 1 1/2 years of high school Algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS 156
Physics for the Life Sciences 3 (5)
Course develops an understanding of the basic concepts of physics and analytical and problem solving skills with applications to biological systems. Laboratory is an integral component of the course. Teaches the dynamics of oscillations, waves, electromagnetism, and light with biological and medical applications. No credit given to students who have completed PHYS& 116. PREREQUISITE: A grade 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 115 or PHYS 155; eligible for ENGL& 101; and a grade of 2.0 or higher in either MATH 097 or 116, or 1 1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. F
PHYS 225
Modern Physics (3)
Fourth quarter general physics sequence course for science and engineering students. Serves as a terminal course for non-physics majors and gives students a good conceptual background for the study of quantum mechanics. Emphasizes a thorough study of phenomena that cannot be explained with ideas from classical physics. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 222 and MATH& 152 and at least concurrent enrollment in PHYS& 223 and MATH&153. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS 229
Electric and Magnetic Fields (2)
Introduces the quantitative laws of electricity and magnetism including principles of electromagnets, electric generators, and electromagnetic waves. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 222 and MATH & 152 and at least concurrent enrollment in MATH& 153 and PHYS& 223. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS 230
Undergraduate Research (5)
Gives students the experience of doing research in a cutting edge field. Students read relevant literature, pose a question, state a hypothesis, plan and perform experiments to test their hypothesis. Students work in teams and present their work to their peers. The culmination of the project would be a written paper modeled after a journal article. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101; and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 222 and MATH& 152; and at least concurrent enrollment in MATH&153 and PHYS& 223.
PHYS 298
Independent Study-Physics (1-5)
Students contract with an instructor to study topics not part of a regular class. Topics must be in physics or related fields. PREREQUISITE: One year of physics and instructor's permission.
PHYS& 110
Physics Non-Science Majors with Lab (5)
For the student with no previous experience in physics or other physical science courses and even an apprehension toward science and math. Topics such as light, sound, electricity, and motion, are used to develop underlying principles which describe some of our physical universe. Stresses conceptual reasoning while mathematics is limited to arithmetic reasoning. Uses a hands-on approach to more easily gain insight to the concepts being studied. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS& 114
General Physics I with Lab (5)
For students in technical and transfer programs. Course goals are to further develop an understanding of basic concepts of physics and analytical and problem-solving skills. Laboratory is an integral component of the course. Covers the ideas of motion, forces, momentum and energy from within the framework of Newton's Laws. No credits given to students who have completed PHYS 154. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in MATH 097 or 116; or 1-1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS& 115
General Physics II with Lab (5)
Continues the goals of PHYS& 114. Course is based on concepts involving thermal properties of matter, and electricity and magnetism. Teaches the properties of fluids as time permits. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 114 and in MATH 097, or 117, or 1-1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS& 116
General Physics III with Lab (5)
Continues the goals of PHYS& 115. Explores the concepts associated with wave phenomena and atomic physics. Uses sound, light (including lasers) and mechanical vibrations as examples of waves. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 115 and MATH 097, 117 or 1-1/2 years of high school Algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS& 221
Engineering Physics I with Lab (5)
Includes a detailed study of the basic laws of physics. Emphasizes the evolution of ideas from experimental observation to mathematical models. Includes a comprehensive investigation of Newtonian particle dynamics. Laboratory is an integral part of the course. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 114 or in a high school physics, or equivalent, and in MATH& 142 or equivalent with concurrent enrollment or completion in MATH& 151. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHYS& 222
Engineering Physics II with Lab (5)
Applications of Newtonian Physics to energy, momentum, and extended bodies, as well as the study of electro-magnetic theory. Course develops ideas from experimental observation to a mathematics model. Laboratory is an integral part of the course. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 221 and MATH& 151 and at least concurrent enrollment in MATH& 152. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 202.
PHYS& 223
Engineering Physics III with Lab (5)
Study of classical wave properties with applications to mechanical and electrical systems, sound, electromagnetic waves, light, and atomic physics. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in PHYS& 222 and MATH& 152 and at least concurrent enrollment in MATH& 153. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 203.
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