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PHY 101 - Introduction to Physics I
Surveys general principles of physics. Includes topics such as force and motion, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
PHY 102 - Introduction to Physics II
Surveys general principles of physics. Includes topics such as force and motion, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
PHY 130 - Survey of Applied Physics
Surveys topics such as heat, electricity, and light with emphasis on practical applications.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
PHY 150 - Elements of Astronomy
Covers history of astronomy and its recent developments. Stresses the use of astronomical instruments and measuring techniques and includes the study and observation of the solar system, stars, and galaxies.
4 Credits. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 6 hours.
4 credits
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PHY 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PHY 201 - General College Physics I
Teaches fundamental principles of physics. Covers mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
MTH 163 or MTH 115
4 credits
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PHY 202 - General College Physics II
Teaches fundamental principles of physics. Covers mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: MTH 163. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
PHY 231 - General University Physics I-II
Teaches principles of classical physics. Includes mechanics, wave phenomena, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics, with extended coverage of selected topics. Includes recitation as part of the lecture. Prerequisite: MTH 173 (for PHY 231) and MTH 174 and PHY 231 (for PHY 232). Part I of II.
Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
5 credits
PHY 232 - General University Physics I-II
Teaches principles of classical physics. Includes mechanics, wave phenomena, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics, with extended coverage of selected topics. Includes recitation as part of the lecture. Prerequisite: MTH 173 (for PHY 231) and MTH 174 and PHY 231 (for PHY 232). Part II of II.
Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
5 credits
PHY 243 - Modern Physics
Teaches principles of modern physics. Includes in-depth coverage of relativity, quantum physics, solid state and nuclear physics. For majors requiring calculus-based physics. Prerequisites PHY 241-242 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
PHY 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
PHY 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PHY 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits