Physics Course Descriptions & Outlines

PHYS 1005 | Concepts of Physics | Credits: 4

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Concepts of Physics is an overview of the basic principles of physics from a conceptual and practical viewpoint with only a moderate amount of math. Topics include mechanics, waves, sound, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and light. It is designed for students in general education, industrial technology, and those who need a conceptual preparation prior to taking additional physics courses.

PHYS 1101 | Fundamentals of Physics I | Credits: 4

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Course intended for liberal arts majors/general education. Includes motion (velocity, acceleration); energy conservation; forces; circular motion; fluid properties; and thermodynamics (heat transfer).

PHYS 1102 | Fundamentals of Physics II | Credits: 4

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An introductory physics course intended for liberal arts majors/general education. The course covers basic principles and science concepts and involves students in analytical problem solving. Topics include wave motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, electro-magnetic waves, optics, and an introduction to nuclear physics. Laboratory is included.

PHYS 1201 | General Physics 1 | Credits: 4

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This course focuses on the study of mechanics of particles and rigid bodies including kinematics, kinetics, conservation laws, linear momentum, and angular momentum. In addition, the topics of fluid mechanics, mechanical waves, oscillations, and thermodynamics are covered. Laboratory is included.

PHYS 1202 | General Physics II | Credits: 4

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This course focuses on the study of electricity and magnetism. Optics and electromagnetic waves are introduced. Laboratory is included.

PHYS 2203 | General Physics III | Credits: 4

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Designed for science and engineering students. Calculus-based physics. Covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical and sound waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, and modern physics. Lecture and Lab.