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2024-2025 Catalog 
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PHY 100 - Basic Physics

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  

This is a course for students with little or no high school preparation in physics. Students in programs that require college-level physics should take this course first if they have no previous background in physics. Students examine methods of measurement and problem-solving techniques using hands-on activities in the lab. Students learn the physical concepts of motion, forces, work and energy. In addition, students explore topics such as electricity, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  1. Implement the steps of the scientific method.
  2. Apply Newton’s laws of motion to the solution of basic problems of mechanics.
  3. Apply conservation laws to describe exchange of energy and momentum between systems.
  4. Identify the different states of matter and their behavior.
  5. Identify the basic laws of thermodynamics that govern exchange of heat and energy.
  6. Describe the nature of mechanical waves and sound.
  7. Describe the role of electric current, resistance and voltage in circuits.
  8. Apply the fundamental laws of electromagnetism to the description of electromagnetic induction and radiation.
  9. Use the principles of optics to explain the basic properties of light.
  10. Explain the fundamental principles of atomic and nuclear physics.
  11. Apply theoretical concepts of physics in the conduction of laboratory experiments.
Listed Topics
  1. Units of measurement
  2. Kinematics, dynamics and the laws of motion
  3. Work, energy and conservation of energy
  4. Momentum and collisions
  5. Rotational motion
  6. Temperature, heat and thermodynamics
  7. Electricity and magnetism
  8. Waves: mechanical and sound
  9. Light and optics
  10. Atomic and nuclear physics
Reference Materials
Textbook, laboratory manual, scientific calculator
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 02/09/2024
Last Reviewed: 02/09/2024

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