PHYS 190. THE PHYSICAL WORLD – 3 hrs.
An introduction to the fundamental principles of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics. This course is designed for students who have very limited or no science or mathematics background.
PHYS 191. THE PHYSICAL WORLD LABORATORY – 1 hr.
A series of laboratory experiences in the areas of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics designed to complement the topics covered in PHYS 190. Prerequisite or concurrently with PHYS 190.
PHYS 101. ELEMENTARY PHYSICS I – 3 hrs.
A non-calculus survey of basic concepts in the areas of mechanics, wave motion and thermodynamics including motion in one and two dimensions, types of forces, torques, work, forms of energy, power, conservation laws, heat, calorimetry, laws of thermodynamics, longitudinal and transverse waves, interference of waves, fluids and pressure. Pre-req: MATH 145 or equivalent and some knowledge of trigonometry or MATH ACT of 25 or SAT equivalent.
PHYS 110. ELEMENTARY PHYSICS I LABORATORY – 1 hr.
An introduction to experimentation, the use of the personal computer in the laboratory, the analysis of data by means of graphical analysis, the use of the World Wide Web. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PHYS 101.
PHYS 102. ELEMENTARY PHYSICS II – 3 hrs.
A continuation of Physics 101. A survey of basic concepts in electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics; including electrostatics, electric and magnetic fields, AC and DC circuits, thin lenses and mirrors, interference, refraction, diffraction, polarized light, structure of the atom, structure of the nucleus,
fission and fusion. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 and 110.
PHYS 111. ELEMENTARY PHYSICS II LABORATORY – 1 hr.
A continuation of PHYS 110 with emphasis on electricity, magnetism, and optics experiments. Pre-req: PHYS 101 and PHYS 110. Co-requisite: PHYS
PHYS 140. PHYSICAL SCIENCES I FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS – 3 hrs.
Lecture course dealing with the physical science content found within the elementary school curriculum, especially: Compounds, Mixtures, Solutions, Physical and Chemical states, Phase Changes, Density, Buoyancy, Energy, Forces, Motion, and Earth and Space Sciences. Science education topics will also be covered. Three hours of lecture per week. This course is to be taken prior to PHYS 340. Open only to elementary education students.
PHYS 340. PHYSICAL SCIENCES II FOR ELEMENTARY AND 5-9 TEACHERS – 4 hrs.
An integrated lecture-laboratory course dealing with the physical science content often found within the elementary school curriculum, especially Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Light, Sound, Simple Machine, and Nuclear Energy. Science education topics will also be covered. Open only to elementary K-6 and general science 5-9 students. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. For General Science 5-9 minors it is strongly suggested that they take MATH 145 prior to taking this course. Prerequisite: PHYS 140 (for Elementary K-6 majors).
PHYS 315. TRENDS AND ISSUES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION – 3 hrs.
Lecture course dealing with science education issues and trends found within the middle and high school curriculum, especially: Teaching Techniques, Science and Engineering Practices, Science Standards, Nature of Science, Issues, Technology, Science in the Community, and Safety and Welfare. Open only to education majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: EDUC 301.