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PHYS 102 : Explorations in Physics

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Explorations in Physics
Survey course in elementary physics. Stress will be placed on basic concepts, principles and history of the development of physics. Presentation will include selected topics in mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

This course is designed to provide a 3-credit hour general education in physical science course for students in academic areas of concentration other than flight, physics or engineering. Its purpose is to show the basic physics underlying both nature and human technology, its historical roots and the limitations of our understanding and aid future administrators and executives when considering technically oriented decisions.

1. Assess the role of science, and in particular, physics, in helping us to better understand the complex, technological society of which we are a part.

2. Trace the history of physics and the evolution of scientific thought from ancient to modern times.

3. Define and analyze the concepts such as the following: velocity, acceleration, force, inertia, mass, work, energy (kinetic, potential, etc.) momentum (linear and angular), gravity, tides, power, pressure, density, temperature, thermal expansion, heat, specific heat capacity, waves, sound, electric charge, current, magnetism, electromagnetic waves (including light), photons, and radioactivity.

4. Discuss the various types of motion, Newton's Laws (including his Universal Law of Gravitation), the conservation laws of physics, the laws of electricity (e.g. Coulomb's and Ohm's Laws) and magnetism. The properties of waves (viz. sound and electromagnetic, including light) and the basic principles of atomic and nuclear physics, relativity and quantum theory.

5. Solve a variety of basic problems in particle kinematics (uniform motion and accelerated motion including "free fall"), dynamics using Newton's Laws of Motion and the conservation laws of energy and momentum (e.g. collisions), fluid mechanics (including Archimedes' and Bernoulli's Principles), thermodynamics, wave motion, basic electricity (Coulomb's and Ohm's Laws), and radioactive decay.

6. Interpret the results of simple experiments and demonstrations of physical principles.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Mr. J.R. Hanamean - 3/31/2015
John H. Bradham, Ph.D., PMP - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/25/2015
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