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IAI Physical Sciences PHYS 110: Physics in Everyday Life

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or 094 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is designed for non-science majors. The fundamentals of physics are introduced by emphasizing a conceptual understanding of the material rather than computational problem solving. Numerous demonstrations and discussions of the applications of physics to everyday phenomena and experiences are used to present the material. Topics include mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 900

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Physical Sciences PHYS 161: College Physics I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 109 with a grade of C or better OR
-Placement at MATH 129 OR
-Completion of MATH 129 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The first semester of a year-long general physics course, based on mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, but not including calculus. Topics include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 5 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 900L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

PHYS 162: College Physics II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of PHYS 161 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The second semester of a year-long general physics course, based on mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, but not including calculus. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 5 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Physical Sciences PHYS 171: Mechanics

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 161
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

First course in a calculus-based physics sequence for students in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Topics include Newton?s Laws, work and energy, oscillations, transverse waves, systems of particles, and rotations. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P2 900L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

PHYS 172: Electricity & Magnetism

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of PHYS 171
AND
-Completion of MATH 162
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This is the second course in a calculus-based physics sequence for students in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Topics include Coulomb?s Law, electric fields, Gauss?s Law, electric potential, capacitance, circuits, magnetic forces and fields, Amperes law, induction, electromagnetic waves, polarization, and geometrical optics. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

PHYS 173: Fluids & Thermal Physics

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of PHYS 171
AND
-Completion of MATH 162
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This is the third course in a calculus-based physics sequence for students in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Topics include fluid motion, propagation of heat and sound, temperature and kinetic theory of gases, heat capacity and latent heat, first law of thermodynamics, heat engines and the second law, and introduction to statistical mechanics. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 2 credit hours
IAI Major Code - EGR 913

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

PHYS 174: Quantum Physics

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of PHYS 172
AND
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 162
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This is the fourth course in a calculus-based physics sequence for students in engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Topics include interference and diffraction, photons and matter waves, the Bohr atom, uncertainty principle, and wave mechanics. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

PHYS 297: Independent Study in Physics

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Permission of division dean

Intensive work in a physics subject of special interest to the student. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report. 1-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

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