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(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
Prerequisites None
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring
Programs -

Course Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the laws of motion and make accurate predictions of how objects will move in a given scenario.
  2. Distinguish between work, energy, and power, know how they are related, and be able to identify and discuss them in a qualitative way.
  3. Describe and predict the behavior of waves.
  4. State what causes electrical and magnetic forces, understand how they are related, and give some historical background on their discovery and development.
  5. Describe the nature of light, radiation, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  6. Describe the structure of an atom.
  7. Explain the basic principles of quantum mechanics and describe some experiments that demonstrate these principles.
  8. 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.
  9. Describe how acceleration and gravitational fields affect time and space, and give some examples.
  10. Describe the observations that give evidence for the big bang, inflation, dark matter, dark energy, and the shape of the universe.
  11. Identify reliable internet resources to get science-related news and find answers about science-related questions.