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Physics (PHY)

PHY 0100  Basic Physics  (4)                                                                                spring
This basic physics course in a one-semester study of the fundamental topics necessary for further study in physical sciences and engineering technologies at the college level. Credits do not count toward graduation; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: None

PHY 1030  General Physics  (4)                                                                     fall/spring
This one-semester, general physics course has the purpose of introducing the student to basic classical physics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, elasticity, fluids, heat transfer, gas laws, some thermodynamics, and DC/AC circuits; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1100, placement level 4, or equivalent

PHY 1041  Physics I  (4)                                                                   fall/spring/summer
The purpose of this course is to give the student in engineering technology a thorough study of the basic principles of physics. Topics covered in this course are systems of measurement; dynamics (including motion, acceleration, forces producing motion, work, energy, and power); momentum and the conservation laws; statics (including concurrent and non-concurrent forces); and fluids (including properties of gases, fluid pressure, density, buoyancy, and hydraulics). Previous successful completion of a course in physics is highly desirable; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MAT 1420 or 2041

PHY 1042  Physics II  (4)                                                                  fall/spring/summer
This course is a continuation of PHY 1041 for electrical engineering technology and computer engineering technology students. Emphasis is on understanding basic physical concepts that relate both to practical situations and to subsequent technical courses. Topics include heat; wave motion; electrical and magnetic field theory; electricity; light; and semi-conductor physics; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1041, MAT 1420

PHY 1043  Physics II for Architectural Programs  (3)                                             fall
This course for architectural students is a continuation of PHY 1041 and is a study of heat (including specific heat, latent heat, and heat transfer); wave motion; light, (including such topics as mirrors, lenses, refraction, interference, and polarization); and electricity (including such topics as electrical and magnetic field theory; light; solid-state physics; current; DC series and parallel circuits; energy; power; and AC series circuits); 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1041

PHY 2041  Fundamentals of Physics I with Calculus  (4)                                 spring
This course, an alternative for Physics 1041, is intended for engineering technology students who have demonstrated above-average ability in verbal skills and mathematics and whose mathematics and science preparation includes algebra, plane trigonometry, and basic physics. Prior completion of a course in calculus or concurrent enrollment in MAT 1520 is required. Topics covered are systems of measurement; dynamics (including motion, acceleration, forces producing motion); work, energy, and power; momentum and conservation laws; statics (including concurrent and non-concurrent forces); and fluids (including properties of gases, fluid pressure, density, buoyancy, and hydraulics); 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1420, concurrent enrollment in MAT 1520

PHY 2042  Fundamentals of Physics II with Calculus  (4)                                      fall
Topics in wave motion; heat; electricity and magnetism; light; and solid-state and modern physics are covered; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite:  PHY 2041 recommended, concurrent enrollment in MAT 1520

PHY 3120  Introduction to Modern Physics  (4)                                                  spring
This calculus-based course continues the study of classical physics and introduces the student to topics in modern physics such as special relativity, atomic theory, solid state physics, nuclear physics, and some elementary particle theory; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1042 or equivalent, MAT 1520


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