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PHY 103 Introductory Physics - 4 credits

This algebra-based course is a study of the basic principles and laws of classical mechanics. Specific topics include Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation, and their application to the concepts of energy, momentum, angular momentum, circular motion, fluid mechanics, and mechanical waves. The goal of the course is to give the student a basic understanding of physical reality and its application to other sciences. Problem solving and laboratory experience are essential means towards this end. Lecture time is three hours, and laboratory time is three hours.

PHY 104 College Physics I- 4 credits

This calculus-based physics course is for mathematics and science majors. It is designed to tell the entire story of physics by integrating classical and contemporary physics with a first year calculus course.  The course covers the mechanics of point particles and then progresses to extended objects, matter, and circular motion.  The semester will finish with oscillations and waves.  The goal is to prepare the student with the ability to apply the principles of physics to all the other sciences.  Problem solving and laboratory experience are essential means towards this end. Lecture time is three hours, and laboratory time is three hours. Prerequisite: MAT141 and MAT142.

PHY 105 College Physics II- 4 credits

This course is a continuation of the study of physics started in Physics 104. Major topics include electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, and physical optics. There is also an introduction to the concepts of quantum physics. In addition to the goals of the Physics 104 course, calculus skills will continue to be developed in the applications of physical concepts.   Lecture time is three hours, and laboratory time is three hours. Prerequisite: PHY 104

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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