Physics (PHY)

PHY 101. Elements of Physics.3 Credits.

Students study the basic principles of physics and some important applications. Topics studied include Newton's laws of motion, gravity, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism and wave phenomena. Topics in modern physics including quantum theory, atomic structure, radioactivity and relativity are discussed. Must be taken in conjunction with PHY 101L. This course is suitable for both science and non-science majors. Students who have credit for SCI 101 may not receive credit for PHY 101. Students who have credit for PHY110 or PHY121 may not register for PHY101.

Prerequisites: Take MA 107 minimum grade C or Math placement score of 3;
Corequisites: Take PHY 101L
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 101L. Elements of Physics Lab.1 Credit.

Lab must be taken with PHY 101. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take PHY 101
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 110. General Physics I.3 Credits.

Students consider phenomena that examine the fundamental nature of the physical universe as well as the theories of the nature of the universe. Topics include kinematics and dynamics of motion, momentum, energy and equilibrium of rigid bodies and fluids, and thermal properties of matter. This course uses algebra and trigonometry. Must be taken in conjunction with PHY 110L. This course is designed primarily for science majors. Prerequisites: Math placement score of 3 or higher or completion of MA 107 with a grade of C or higher.

Corequisites: Take PHY 110L
Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 110L. General Physics I Lab.1 Credit.

Lab must be taken with PHY 110. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take PHY 110
Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 111. General Physics II.3 Credits.

Students continue the examination of physical phenomena including vibrations and waves, sound, light, optics, electricity and magnetism including D.C. and A.C. circuits, and some elements of modern physics. This course uses algebra and trigonometry. Must be taken in conjunction with PHY 111L. This course is designed primarily for science majors.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 110-110L; Minimum grade C-;
Corequisites: Take PHY 111L
Offered: Every year, Spring and Summer
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 111L. General Physics II Lab.1 Credit.

Lab must be taken with PHY 111. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take PHY 111
Offered: Every year, Spring and Summer
UC: Natural Sciences

PHY 121. University Physics.4 Credits.

This is a calculus-based physics course. Students examine classical Newtonian physics from kinematics, the study of motion, to dynamics, the study of why motion occurs. Topics include Newton's laws, conservation of energy and momentum, torque, equilibrium of static bodies and fluids, and thermal properties of matter. Through experimentation, computer modeling and group problem-solving, students apply these principles to predict the outcome of a number of reality-based and open-ended problems. (6 studio-lab hrs.)

Prerequisites: Take MA 141 MA 141H or MA 151; Minimum grade C-;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

PHY 122. University Physics II.4 Credits.

This is a calculus-based physics course. Students examine physical phenomena including vibrations and waves, sound, light, optics, electricity and magnetism including the study of D.C. and A.C. circuits and some elements of modern physics. Through experimentation, computer modeling and group problem-solving, students apply these principles to predict the outcome of a number of reality-based and open-ended problems. (6 studio-lab hrs.)

Prerequisites: Take PHY 121; Minimum grade C-;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

PHY 202. Physics of Life and Technology.4 Credits.

Students study the basic principles of physics including everyday applications and their use in applied technology. Topics include Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity, torque, sound, light and optics, electricity and magnetism. These principles are examined through the study of roller coasters, space travel, musical instruments, the mechanics of muscle movements, sports and sport technology, the circuitry of the human brain, medical imaging using light and sound, optics of the human eye, lasers and elementary circuits. Enrollment in this course is restricted to students in the online health science studies degree completion program. Students may not receive credit for PHY 202 if they already have credit for SCI 101, PHY 101 or PHY 110. Prerequisites: Basic algebraic skills; a math placement score of 3 or higher or completion of MA 107 or a higher-level math course above MA 110.

Offered: Every other year, Summer