Physics (PHY)

PHY 150 - Elements of Astronomy

Course Description

Effective: 2014-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course serves as a one-semester laboratory science course for non-science majors and as a science elective for science majors. The topics covered are taught from a scientific perspective, with a focus on physics, geology and chemistry. Philosophical notions about the universe that have existed throughout history to the present day will be contextualized into a cosmological understanding of the vastness of space and time. This course, in conjunction with NAS 125 (which we recommend be updated to PHY 155) Meteorology, may fulfill the requirement as a one-year lab science course for non-science majors.

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PHY 201 - General College Physics I

Course Description

Effective: 2015-05-01

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.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

The course is a non-calculus treatment of physics dealing with topics in classical and modern physics. This course is intended for students in some of the two-year technical programs offered through the VCCS and also for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, Liberal Arts and pre-teaching non-science majors, thus satisfying the requirement for a laboratory science at many four-year institutions.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

MTH 163 or MTH 115

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