College Catalog

Course Descriptions

Physics Survey

PHS103

General selection of physics topics, including matter and measurement; behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; mechanics, including forces, motion, energy, power, and machines; heat; sound; light; optics; magnetism; electricity; and atomic phenomena. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH180 or MTH124 or Placement by Examination.

Introductory Physics

PHS112

Health science applications of the principles of mechanics, heat, light, sounds, and the macroscopic properties of matter. Includes an introduction to electricity and magnetism. Appropriate for non-science majors intending to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH180 or Placement by Examination.

Physics with Technological Applications

PHS114

Fundamental principles of physics as they apply to technology. Topics may include Newton's laws of motion; forces; torques; work; energy; power; physical and thermal properties of solids, liquids, and gases; energy transformations by mechanical, thermal or electromagnetic means; theory of simple and compound machines; the various means of acquiring and validating measurements; and the modern theory of the atom and its impact on computers, technology, and the acquisition and storage of information. Topics are modified to include those that are most appropriate for the students enrolled. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH180.

College Physics I

PHS115

Principles of elementary mechanics and thermal physics. Topics include metric system, vectors, motion, Newton's Laws, energy, momentum, properties of matter, heat, the Laws of Thermodynamics, and waves. Calculus is not used. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH180.

College Physics II

PHS125

Principles of electricity, magnetism, and light. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, induction, direct and alternating current, electrical instruments, electromagnetic waves, optics, and (time permitting) the basics of modern physics. Calculus is not used. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH182 and PHS115.

General Physics I

PHS201

Principles of mechanics, including kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, impulse and momentum, gravitation, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, and an introduction to the statics and dynamics of fluids. Intended for science and engineering majors. Calculus is used. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): MTH240.

General Physics II

PHS202

Principles of physics, including electric charge, electric field and potential theory, capacitance, current and resistance, electromotive force and D.C. circuits, magnetic field theory, electromagnetic induction and oscillations, A.C. circuits, and Maxwell's equations. Intended for science and engineering majors. Calculus is used. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHS201. Corequisite(s): MTH242.

Imaging Physics

PHS222

Health science application of the principles of nuclear physics and radiation. Topics include atomic and nuclear structure, biophysical effects of radiation, radiation metrology, X-ray generators and associated circuitry, and principles of ultrasound and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHS112.

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