Dec 02, 2021  
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PHYS& 100 - Principles of Physics

5 credits

MATH 097  

PHYS& 100 offers a general survey course of the basic physics principles that govern our universe. It is hoped that students will develop an awareness of the scientific process and how these physics principles apply to our everyday lives and experiences. Topics covered include: describing motion, Newton’s laws of motion, momentum, energy and conservation laws, fluids and their behavior, thermodynamics, waves, optics and optical phenomena, and special relativity. Conceptual reasoning is emphasized while mathematics is kept to the level of elementary algebra. While geared towards the non-science major this course is also appropriate for those who desire more preparation before taking PHYS& 114 .

AA Specified Elective
Satisfies science area E distribution requirement or specified elective for the AA degree.

Course Outcomes
  • To develop critical thinking skills and to expose students to the scientific process and the scientific method
  • To help provide students the skills needed to continue learning throughout their lives
  • To understand physics principles underlying a variety of fields of physics including mechanics, fluid behavior, thermodynamics, waves, optics and special relativity
  • To understand how these physics principles apply to our every day lives and experiences and through this understanding gain a better awareness and appreciation of our natural surroundings

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