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Course Descriptions

PHYS100M - Introductory Physics (2-3-3)

This course is an introduction to the basic principles related to the composition of matter, simple machines, mechanical properties of solids, fluids, and gases, forces and static equilibrium, potential and kinetic energy, power, and force transformers. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem solving techniques and on the appropriate application of those techniques to solve problems along with understanding measurement errors. Dimensional/unit analysis is stressed as a method to evaluate problems. This course is offered in a face-to-face and hybrid format. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH135M.

PHYS105M - Astronomy I (3-2-4)

Starting with a survey of the night sky and the daily motions of the stars and planets, this course surveys our current understanding of the Universe. It traces the development of the tools of the modern astronomer and how those tools have led to out theories of the solar system, the life cycle of stars, the formation of elements, the formation of galaxies and the evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite: high school Algebra with a grade of “C” or better.

PHYS110M - Physical Science I (3-2-4)

A hands-on exploration of the basic principles of the physical world, this course is designed to foster a better understanding of the environment that surrounds us and to serve as a foundation for further study in science. Concepts explored include mechanics, heat, temperature, electricity and magnetism, sound and light.

Prerequisite: MATH090M. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

PHYS120M - Physical Science II (3-2-4)

Continues the hands-on exploration of the basic concepts initiated during PHYS110M. Concepts explored include the atom, atomic models and selected topics in chemistry, earth science and astronomy. Success in the first semester is a prerequisite to the second semester. Success in both will enable the student to pursue advanced science courses of physics, chemistry, earth science and astronomy.

Prerequisite: PHYS110M (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

PHYS135M - College Physics I (3-3-4)

Introduces the basic principles of Newtonian mechanics with emphasis on the application of these principles when solving problems. Topics include kinematics of motion, vectors, Newton’s laws, friction, work-energy, impulse-momentum for both translational and rotational motion and the mechanical properties of matter. Dimensional (unit) analysis and critical thinking are stressed.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in MATH155M or equivalent. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

PHYS136M - College Physics II (3-3-4)

Special emphasis is placed on the principles introduced when solving problems. Topics to be investigated include the fundamentals and the applications of oscillating systems and sound waves, heat energy and thermodynamics, electrical charges and electric and magnetic fields.

Prerequisites: MATH171M and PHYS135M with a grade of “C-” or better. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

PHYS210M - University Physics I (3-3-4)

This is a calculus-based study of the fundamental principles of classical mechanics, an introductory course emphasizing motion in one and two dimensions, forces, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotation, and oscillations. The course is recommended for the student specializing in science and engineering. There are two components to the course, three hours of lecture/problem solving per week and a three hour lab course.

Prerequisite: MATH204M with a grade of “C” or better.

PHYS220M - University Physics II (3-3-4)

This course is a calculus-based study of fluids, thermodynamic, and electricity and magnetism. The course is recommended for the student specializing in science and engineering. There are two components to the course, three hours of lecture/problem solving per week and a three hour lab course.

Prerequisite: PHYS210M with a grade of “C” or better. Corequisite: MATH214M.

PHYS225M - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4-0-4)

This course is a study of the classical and statistical approach to thermodynamics and the kinetic theory. Prerequisites: PHYS220M with a grade of C+ or better and MATH214M with a grade of C+ or better.

PHYS230M - Modern Physics (3-3-4)

This course is a study of electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics, relativity, atomic physics, elementary quantum mechanics, molecular physics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: PHYS220M with a grade of C+ or better and MATH214M with a grade of C+ or better.