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Physics

PHYS 123


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Credit Hours

(4-2) 5 Cr. Hrs.

Section Start Dates


Section NoStart Date
145105August 25, 2014

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Applied Physics


Course Description

This course in applied physics is designed for technical, business and applied health programs. Using trigonometry, the traditional topics of kinematics, dynamics, mechanics, heat, acoustics, electricity and magnetism, optics, modern physics and nuclear physics are treated in a practical and applied fashion with emphasis on laboratory work and scientific procedures. (This course may be used in place of PHYS 051.)

Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Use the scientific method as a process for learning about scientific phenomenon and technical challenges.
  • Identify how the fundamental principles of physics are used in everyday life.
  • Outline the role of physics in history, culture and philosophy.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of linear and angular motion (kinematics).
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of linear and angular forces (Newton's Laws).
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of work and energy.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of impulse and momentum.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of simple harmonic motion and elasticity.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of fluids.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of heat and thermodynamics.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of waves, sound and music.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetics.
  • Explain the fundamental qualitative and analytical aspects of optics.
  • Solve practical problems drawn from biological/health sciences, sound/acoustics, mechanical, heating and cooling, electronic/electrical related application areas.
  • Use mathematics to solve problems and in laboratory activities.
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory skills for equipment setup, systematic data collection, analysis and error reporting.
  • Use computer applications for laboratory data acquisition and analysis, modeling and simulations.
  • Create well-written and structured formal lab reports.
  • Present scientific and technical information via written reports and oral presentations.
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