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PHYS& 100 Physics - Basic Concepts • 5 Cr.

Motion is one of the most familiar aspects of the natural world, but it can be surprisingly difficult to analyze. Through observation, activities, and classroom presentations, students study particles (e.g. baseballs, automobiles) and waves (e.g. sound and water waves) to learn the concepts and skills needed to study motion. Applies wave particle duality to explain the motion of electrons. Prerequisite: MATH 099.

PHYS 104 Discoveries in Physics • 6 Cr.

Introduces physical reasoning and basic concepts in physics. Hand-on activities demonstrate fundamental concepts in geometric optics, electricity, and motion. Designed for students with little or no previous physics. Appropriate for general students including those preparing for PHYS 114 and K-12 teachers. Not sufficient preparation for PHYS 121. Prerequisite: MATH 099.

PHYS 105 Light and Color • 6 Cr.

Through hands-on investigation students discover the fundamental physics of light and color including geometric optics, lenses and mirrors, and human vision including color perception. Students will apply course principles to explain natural and human made visual phenomena in their environment and learn how to create desired effects in fields employing visual arts. Prerequisite: MATH 099.

PHYS 109 Science for Information Technology • 6 Cr.

Develops research and problem-solving skills in the science of modern technology, including computers and data transmission. Topics include magnetism, electricity, and microchip circuitry. Designed for information technology students, class format includes hands-on group work. Prerequisite: MATH 098 or equivalent assessment.

PHYS& 114 General Physics I • 6 Cr.

First in a three-course survey of physics for allied health, building construction, biology, forestry, architecture, and other programs. Topics include units, kinematics, vectors, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, and harmonic motion. Laboratory work is integral to the course. Prerequisite: MATH& 142 or equivalent.

PHYS& 115 General Physics II • 6 Cr.

Second in a three-course survey of physics for allied health, building construction, biology, forestry, architecture, and other programs. Topics include fluids, heat, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism. Laboratory work is integral to the course. Prerequisite: PHYS& 114.

PHYS& 116 General Physics III • 6 Cr.

Third in a three-course survey of physics for allied health, building construction, biology, forestry, architecture, and other programs. Topics include wave motions, sound, light, geometric and physical optics, relativity, and modern physics. Laboratory work is integral to the course. Prerequisite: PHYS& 115.

PHYS 121 General Engineering Physics I • 6 Cr.

First in a three-course survey of physics for science and engineering majors. Course presents fundamental principles of mechanics, including motion, Newton's laws, work, energy, momentum, rotation, and gravity. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work presents methods of experimental and analysis (modeling, errors, graphical analysis, etc.) and prepares students for upper-division research. Prerequisite: High School physics or equivalent, and MATH& 151 or permission of instructor.

PHYS 122 General Engineering Physics II • 6 Cr.

Second in a three-course survey of physics for science and engineering majors. Course presents fundamental principles of electromagnetism, including electrostatics, current electricity circuits, magnetism induction, generation of electricity, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating currents, and Maxwell's equations. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work presents methods of experimental analysis (modeling, errors, graphical analysis, etc.) and prepares students for upper-division research. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 and MATH& 152 or permission of instructor.

PHYS 123 General Engineering Physics III • 6 Cr.

Third in a three-course survey of physics for science and engineering majors. Course presents fundamental principles of oscillating systems and wave phenomena, including optics, simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, light, optical instruments, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work presents methods of experimental analysis (modeling, errors, graphical analysis, etc.) and prepares students for upper-division research. Prerequisite: PHYS 122.

PHYS 199 Individual Studies in Physics • V1-5 Cr.

Allows for special projects, student research and independent study in Physics by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PHYS 225 Modern Physics • 5 Cr.

Presents the special theory of relativity, key phenomena, and experiments of modern physics that led to a break from classical views. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics. Research based active engagement, pedagogical methods and hands on activities assist conceptual development. Prerequisite: MATH& 153 or MATH& 254 and PHYS 123. Recommended: MATH 238 or concurrent enrollment.

PHYS 299 Individual Studies in Physics • V1-5 Cr.

Allows for advanced special projects, student research and independent study in Physics by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.