A noncalculus, one-semester course for pre-professional or nonengineering majors. Study of the basic concepts of physics, including the fundamental principles and theories in electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics.
Credit for PHYS 151 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
- Demonstrate a general understanding of the underlying philosophy of the physics, including the scientific method.
- Apply the basic concepts of physics, including thermodynamics, static and dynamic laws of electricity and magnetism, circuit analysis, electromagnetic radiation, optical systems, and the fundamentals of atomic and nuclear physics.
- Apply the concept of conservation laws in problem solving.
- Apply basic algebraic and graphical analysis techniques to physics problems.
- Compare and contrast macroscopic and microscopic systems in physics.
- Define quantitatively and qualitatively the common terms used in physics.
- Assess the limitations of the scientific method and apply error analysis.
- Recognize the physical science principles as applied to everyday situations.