Physics Course Descriptions

PY 045 Physical Geology– 3 CR
Students are introduced to the forces and phenomena that have created earth. The State ofConnecticut will be utilized as the laboratory illustrating the theories presented in the classroom. Participants will be involved in process thinking, problem solving, and the application of knowledge in a field laboratory setting. Observation, data collection, and hypothesizing are utilized in individual and group investigations.

PY 090 Basic Astronomy – 3 CR
Explores the universe briefly. Emphasis is on the solar system and recent space explorations. Observations of the sky and/or visit(s) to planetariums.

PY 100 Elements of Physics – 4 CR
Covers the basic laws of mechanics, properties of matter, electricity, magnetism and nuclear radiation with an introduction to quantitative laboratory. Designed for health-related professions. Prerequisite: MA 102 or equivalent

PY 103 O (Online) Physics of Sound – 4 CR
One-semester introductory physics course, non-calculus, covers basic principles of sound waves, specifically designed for Speech-Language Pathology majors, as an optional pre-requisite prior to taking Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science” (SLP 310), and/or “Speech Science” (SLP 320)

PY 111 General Physics I – 3 CR
Noncalculus-based course covering the basic principles of mechanics, properties of matter, temperature and heat transfer. Prerequisite: MA 140 or equivalent

PY 112 General Physics II – 3 CR
Topics include wave motion, sound, electricity, magnetism, light and geometrical optics. Prerequisite: PY 111

PY 113 Physics Laboratory I – 1 CR
Fundamental training in physical measurements in mechanics, properties of matter, temperature and heat transfer. Corequisite: PY 111 (PY 113 can also be taken after completion of PY 111)

PY 114 Physics Laboratory II – 1 CR
Fundamental training in physical measurements in wave motion, sound, electricity, light and optical devices. Corequisite: PY 112 (PY 114 can also be taken after completion of PY112)

PY 151 Principles of Physics I – 3 CR
Calculus-based course, covering basic principles of mechanics, properties of matter and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MA 152 or equivalent

PY 152 Principles of Physics II – 3 CR
Explores wave motion, sound, electricity, magnetism, light and optics. Prerequisite: PY 151

PY 153 Physics Laboratory I – 1 CR
Same as PY 113. Corequisite: PY 151 (Note: PY 153 can also be taken after completion of PY151)

PY 154 Physics Laboratory II – 1 CR
Same as PY 114. Corequisite: PY 152 (Note: PY 154 can also be taken after completion of PY152)