Physics Courses

PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I - 4 credits

This course is a study of the basic principles and laws of classical mechanics. Specific topics include Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation, and their application to the concepts of energy, momentum, angular momentum, circular motion, fluid mechanics and mechanical waves. The goal of the course is to give the student a basic understanding of physical reality and its application to other sciences. Problem solving and laboratory experience are essential means towards this end. Lecture time is three hours and laboratory time is three hours.

PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II - 4 credits

This course is a continuation of the study of classical physics started in Physics 101. Major topics include electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics and physical optics. There is also an introduction to the concepts of quantum physics. In addition to the goals of the physics 101 course, the connections between physics and modern technology are frequently explored. Lecture time is three hours and laboratory time is three hours.
Prerequisite: PHY 101