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 105 First Half of General Physics I - 3 CR
Noncalculus-based course covering the first half of the material in the standard General Physics I (PY 111): vectors, 1D and 2D motion, concepts of force, torque and equilibrium of a rigid body. Intended for students who do not have strong background in problem solving and math skills. Prerequisite: MA 140 or equivalent

PY 106 Second Half of General Physics I - 3 CR
Continuation of PY 105. Noncalculus-based course covering the second half of the material in the standard General Physics I (PY 111): energy, work, momentum, rotational motion, gravitation, fluid mechanics, temperature and thermal expansion. Intended for students who do not have a strong background in problem solving and math skills. Students who have completed this course may register for General Physics II (PY 112). Prerequisite: PY 105.

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 106, or 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 106 or PY 111 (PY 113 can also be taken after completion of PY 111 or PY 106)

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)