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PHYS 110: Physics in Everyday Life
Prerequisite: Completion of Math through Beginning Algebra level or assessment. 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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - P1 900

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PHYS 161: College Physics I
Prerequisite: MATH 109 with a grade of C or better or assessment with MATH 128 or equivalent recommended. 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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - P1 900L

PHYS 162: College Physics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 161 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. 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 HRS

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PHYS 171: Mechanics
Prerequisite: MATH 161, and credit, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 162. 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. Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 171 and PHYS 161. 4 HRS
IAI GEC Code - P2 900L

PHYS 172: Electricity & Magnetism
Prerequisite: PHYS 171, and credit, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 163. 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’ Law, electric potential, capacitance, circuits, magnetic forces and fields, Ampere’s law, induction, electromagnetic waves, polarization, and geometrical optics. Laboratory activities stress development of measurement, observational, and analytical skills, and are based on lecture topics. Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 172 and PHYS 162. 4 HRS

PHYS 173: Fluids & Thermal Physics
Prerequisite: PHYS 171, and credit, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 163. 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. Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 173 and PHYS 162. 2 HRS

PHYS 174: Quantum Physics
Prerequisite: PHYS 172, and credit or concurrent enrollment in MATH 163. 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. Students will not receive credit for both PHYS 174 and PHYS 162. 2 HRS

PHYS 297: Independent Study in Physics
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and permission of the instructor. 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 HRS