Course Descriptions

PHY 101

Introduction to Physics

A survey of physics emphasizing applications of modern life. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab)

Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT091, or MAT092, or MAT093, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None

PHY 111

General Physics I

Includes motion, energy, and properties of matter. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab

Prerequisites: MAT182, or MAT187, or one year high school Trigonometry with a grade of "C" or better, or departmental approval.
Corequisites: None
Course Note: PHY111 is recommended for pre-professionals and suggested for certain other majors.

PHY 112

General Physics II

Includes electricity, electromagnetism, and modern physics. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab)

Prerequisites: PHY105 or PHY111
Corequisites: None

PHY 121

University Physics I

Mechanics: Kinematics, Newton's laws, work, energy, momentum, conservation laws, dynamics of particles, solids, fluids, mechanical waves, and sound. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab)

Prerequisites: MAT220, or MAT221, or departmental approval. One year of high school physics or PHY111 and PHY112 suggested but not required.
Corequisites: None

PHY 131

University Physics II

Electricity and Magnetism: Electric charge and current, electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and in materials, and induction. AC circuits, displacement current, and electromagnetic waves. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab)

Prerequisites: MAT230, or MAT231, or departmental approval, and PHY112.
Corequisites: MAT241 or departmental approval.

PHY 241

University Physics III

Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena: Heat, entropy, and laws of thermodynamics; wave propagation; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to special relativity. 4 credits (3 periods)

Prerequisites: PHY131.

PHY 282A

Volunteerism for Physical Science

Service-learning field experience within human services organizations, government offices, public schools, or hospitals. May be repeated for a total of six(6)  PHY282 credit hours; may not repeat specific agency assignment for more than three(3) credit hours. Standard grading available according to procedures outlined in catalog. 1 credit, (1 period)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Corequisites:None

PHS 110

Fundamentals of Physical Science

Survey of the principles of physics and chemistry. 4 credits, (3 periods of lecture and 3 periods of lab)

Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, or MAT093, or equivalent, or satisfactory score on Math placement exam.
Corequisites: None