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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& 110  Concepts of the Physical World  (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 116T; or 1-1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 110.
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 117T, or 1-1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 111.

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, 117T or 1-1/2 years of high school Algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 112.
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 116T or 1-1/2 years of high school Algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 150.

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. Formerly PHYS 151.
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 116T, or 1 1/2 years of high school algebra. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree. Formerly PHYS 152.

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. Formerly PHYS 201.
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.
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. Formerly PHYS 208.
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.