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Physical Science/Physics Courses


Student Learning Outcomes

Phy 111 Physical Science I
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Define terms associated with the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth.
  • Locate points of interest using cardinal directions and latitude/ longitude.
  • Define meteorology terms and demonstrate a basic understanding of weather phenomena.
  • Produce writing that shows original thinking, depth of analysis, and comprehension
  • of basic course content.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of astronomy.
  • Demonstrate respect for the values, beliefs, and opinions of different cultures by identifying and evaluating their own values, beliefs and opinions as well as those of others.
  • Apply the skills of scientific analysis to constructively analyze another’s viewpoint.
  • Use basic computer skills to communicate effectively, organize data, and research scientific principles.
  • Critically think through all type problems.

Phy 112 Physical Science II

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Define various science terms.
  • Calculate physical quantities, for example: force, momentum, energy, displacement, velocity, acceleration, and density.
  • Answer questions about the conservation laws.
  • Answer questions on the topic of light: specifically reflection, refraction, diffraction, dispersion, interference, and the photoelectric effect.
  • Identify the properties and the charge of some elements by using the periodic table.
  • Write a balanced chemical equation.
  • Name simple organic compounds and draw structural formulas from the name.
  • Identify the organic functional groups.

Phy 213/216 General Physics with Calculus I
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Calculate values from the kinematic equations.
  • Solve problems using conservation of energy.
  • Solve problems using conservation of linear momentum.
  • Solve problems using conservation of angular momentum.
  • Work problems involving fluids.
  • Work problems involving thermodynamics.

Phy 214/217 General Physics with Calculus II

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Use Maxwell’s equations.
  • Calculate force in an electromagnetic field.
  • Write electric and magnetic fields as sinusoidal functions.
  • Calculate the location and magnification of real and virtual images.
  • Work optical interference problems.
  • Do calculations for DC and AC circuits.
  • Calculate electric fields, potential, and magnetic fields.
  • Calculate capacitance and inductance.

Phy 215 Technical Physics

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Define motion.
  • Generate and read motion diagrams.
  • Distinguish contact forces from passive forces (called field forces).
  • Calculate torque.
  • Calculate work.
  • Calculate current, resistance, and voltage from a circuit.