(PHYS 100) Conceptual Physics
Nonmathematical approach to understanding the principles of physics and scientific numeracy. No previous background in physics required.
|Credit Hours||3.0 Lecture|
|Offered||Fall, Winter, Spring|
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the laws of motion and make accurate predictions of how objects will move in a given scenario.
- Distinguish between work, energy, and power, know how they are related, and be able to identify and discuss them in a qualitative way.
- Describe and predict the behavior of waves.
- State what causes electrical and magnetic forces, understand how they are related, and give some historical background on their discovery and development.
- Describe the nature of light, radiation, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
- Describe the structure of an atom.
- Explain the basic principles of quantum mechanics and describe some experiments that demonstrate these principles.
- Describe how time and space change when objects move at speeds near the speed of light, and give examples of experiments that demonstrate these changes.
- Describe how acceleration and gravitational fields affect time and space, and give some examples.
- Describe the observations that give evidence for the big bang, inflation, dark matter, dark energy, and the shape of the universe.
- Identify reliable internet resources to get science-related news and find answers about science-related questions.