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PHYS& 110 - Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab

5 Credits

An algebra-based introduction to physics intended for students not majoring in science, with little or no experience in physics. Core topics are used to develop an understanding of the basic physical laws describing the physical universe. Topics will include Newton’s laws of motion, energy, light, sound, and electricity. Other relevant topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor and driven by student interest. One credit of laboratory is included, with hands-on activities to enrich the student experience. 

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 091 min 2.0

Placement Eligibility Math 107, 111, 146, 180, 098

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Students who are not science majors but are interested in a lab course in basic and applied physics concepts.
Active Date 20210403T10:09:43

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Contact Hours: Lecture 44 Lab 22 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 66
Degree Distributions:

  • Science
  • Science Lab

Course Outline
Course context and organization may be adapted to fit the instructor and text. Generally, content will be divided into fundamental topics and applied topics. These may be organized in a fundamentals-first format or with fundamentals introduced as needed to serve a chosen applied topic list.  

  • Essential fundamentals (always included) are forces, motion and energy. Applications are selected by the instructor (optionally with input from students).  
  • A minimum of four options to be selected from the following list: momentum, rotation, light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism and EM waves, optics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, relativity, particle physics, and cosmology.  

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.

Synthesize information presented in mathematical forms (equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words), apply appropriate mathematical formulae and interpret mathematical solutions.

Collect, analyze and interpret data and measurements from laboratory to draw valid conclusions.

Collaborate effectively in applying course specific content to problem-solving, data collection and data analysis.

Identify and explain orally and in writing the application of physics concepts to everyday life and society using appropriate vocabulary.

Use simple estimation and graphs to infer solutions to word problems.

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