Physics Courses

Physical Science

PSCI 1010 Survey of Physical Science ICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: READ 0892, MATH Mods. 1-7   Co-Req: None
Designed for the non-science major to fulfill general education requirements in the laboratory-based physical sciences. This course includes a study of the fundamental concepts of Newtonian mechanics: linear motion, momentum, energy, gravity, and satellite motion; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics including thermal energy and heat transfer; electricity, magnetism; waves, sound and light waves, and the properties of light to establish a base in which the non-science student can view nature more perceptively. It is designed to correct a missing essential in the sciences, the practice of conceptualizing before calculating.

PSCI 1020 Survey of Physical Science IICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: READ 0892, MATH Mods. 1-7   Co-Req: None
Designed for the non-science major to fulfill general education requirements in the laboratory-based physical sciences. This course includes a study of three fundamental components of the physical sciences: (1) Chemistry: Structure of the atom, the atomic nucleus, periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, acids, bases, molecular mixing, and organic chemistry. (2) Earth science: Rocks, minerals, earth?s internal properties, water surface properties, the atmosphere, oceans, and the weather. (3) Astronomy: Our solar system and the relation to the universe. This course is designed to correct a missing essential in the sciences, the practice of conceptualizing before calculating.

Physics

PHYS 2010 Non Calculus Based Physics ICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: READ 0892, MATH 1530 or higher   Co-Req: None
The first course of a two-semester sequence designed for general education, pre-pharmacy, pre-med, and certain other pre-professional and technology majors. The course includes a study of the fundamental laws of mechanics, heat, and sound.

PHYS 2020 Non Calculus Based Physics IICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: PHYS 2010    Co-Req: None
A study of the fundamental laws of electricity, magnetism, optics, and an introduction to atomic and nuclear physics.

PHYS 2110 Calculus Based Physics ICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: READ 0892, MATH 1910   Co-Req: MATH 1910 with permission of the instructor
The study of the fundamental laws of mechanics, heat, and sound. The same material as PHYS 2010 except for calculus being used throughout.

PHYS 2120 Calculus Based Physics IICredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: PHYS 2110    Co-Req: None
The study of fundamental laws of electricity, magnetism, optics, and an introduction to atomic and nuclear physics.

PHYS 2261 StaticsCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: PHYS 2110 or   Co-Req: PHYS 2110 with permission of instructor
Analysis of two- and three-dimensional force systems, centroids, inertia, equilibrium, machines and frames, beam shear and moments.

PHYS 2262 DynamicsCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: PHY 2261   Co-Req: None
Particle kinematics, relative motion, kinetics, applications of Newton?s Laws, work-energy principle, impulse-momentum, vibrations.