Physics Courses

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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

PY 100 Basic Physics (3) Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in MA 130 or its equivalent. This course is recommended for students with minimal or no physics background. Students learn the basic principles of vector mechanics, forces, motion, work, energy, momentum, impulse, and rotational motion. Application is made to the solving of everyday physics problems. Spring.

PY 211 College Physics I (4) Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in MA 131 and concentration/emphasis other than chemistry, electrical engineering, mathematics, or mechanical engineering. Students learn the concepts of vectors, kinematics, and dynamics. A special emphasis is placed on concepts and solving problems (Trigonometry based). 4 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

PY 212 College Physics II (4) Prereq.: PY 211. Students learn the concepts of temperature, wave phenomena, acoustics, optics, electricity, and magnetism. A special emphasis is placed on concepts and solving problems (Trigonometry based). 4 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

PY 231 General Physics I (4) Prereq.: MA 221; and physics placement exam or PY 100. Students learn the physics of matter and energy with a general study of the principles of vector mechanics and the laws of equilibrium, motion, energy, work, momentum, and vibrations (Calculus based). 4 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

PY 232 General Physics II (4) Prereq.: PY 231 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in MA 222. Students learn about fluid mechanics, wave phenomena, thermodynamics, optics, electricity, and magnetism (Calculus based). 4 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

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