PHY*110, Introductory Physics (4 credits/6 contact hours)
An introductory course in the physics of motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light, optics, and the theory of the atom. A process oriented laboratory approach emphasizing exploration and problem solving. This course is intended for nonscience majors, or for students who need only one semester of physics. Students with credit for high school physics should elect PHY*121 or PHY*221. Scientific calculator required. Class meets 6 hours per week for integrated lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101 and eligible for MAT*137 (or higher).
PHY*121, General Physics I (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Basic concepts of mechanics and heat, including motion, forces, work and energy, conservation laws, fluid and thermal phenomena, and the laws of thermodynamics. Scientific calculator required. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101 and MAT*173 with a grade of “C” or better.
PHY*122, General Physics II (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Basic concepts of electricity, magnetism, and wave motion, including electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, wave properties of light, and optics. Scientific calculator required. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Placement in ENG*101 and a grade of “C” or better in MAT*173 or placement into a higher level math course.
PHY*221, Calculus-Based Physics I (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Three class periods and one three hour laboratory period per week. Basic facts and principles of physics. Elementary concepts of calculus are used. Classical dynamics, rigid-body motion, harmonic motion, wave motion, acoustics, relativistic dynamics, thermodynamics. Co-requisite: MAT*254.
PHY*222, Calculus-Based Physics II (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Three class periods and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, quantum effects, introduction to atomic physics. Prerequisite: PHY*221.