Physics Course Descriptions – Community College of Rhode Island

Physics Course Descriptions

PHYS (Physics)

PHYS 1000 - Conceptual Physics/Physical Science (4 Credits)

This course is for students not majoring in science. Physical principles are presented with emphasis on non-quantitative, practical applications of these concepts. Note: This course satisfies one semester of the science requirement for the Associate in Arts degree. (Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of algebra) Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 1030 - General Physics I (4 Credits)

Mechanics and heat are studied as the basic topics of this course. One lecture hour is used as a help session. (Prerequisite: High school algebra AND trigonometry) Lecture: 4 hours, Lab: 3 hours

PHYS 1040 - General Physics II (4 Credits)

Sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear theories and their applications are studied in this course. (Prerequisite: PHYS 1030 with a grade of "C" or better) Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 3 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 1050 - Physics for Technology I (4 Credits)

This course is for students in the Engineering Systems Technology programs. Mechanics, sound, temperature and heat are studied. Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 3 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 1070 - Introduction to Renewable Energy (3 Credits)

This course will introduce renewable energy resources and their applied technologies to the student. Students will learn the physics of energy, as well as, the geology of energy. Topics covered will include, solar, geothermal, tidal, and wave energy, as well as, hydro-electric energy. Lecture: 2 hours, Lab: 2 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 1100 - Engineering Physics (4 Credits)

This course is a study of the basic equations of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics. Note: It is usually taken by engineering students in the second semester of the first year. (Pre- or corequisite: Enrollment in MATH 2141 or equivalent or permission of instructor) Lecture: 4 hours, Lab: 3 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 1110 - Radiographic Physics (4 Credits)

This course covers the fundamentals of electrical and radiation physics. Student gain an understanding of the basic principles underlying the operation of X-ray equipment and auxiliary devices. Note: Open only to students currently enrolled in Radiography program (Prerequisite: MATH 1179 or its equivalent) Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 2110 - Topics in Acoustics, Optics and Thermodynamics (3 Credits)

This course deals in the fundamentals of acoustics and optical phenomena and introduces topics of thermodynamics, kinetic theory and wave motion. Calculus is used. Note: Usually taken by engineering students in the first semester of the second year. Calculus is used. (Prerequisite: PHYS 1100 or equivalent AND MATH 2141, 2142 or equivalent or instructor's permission) Lecture: 3 hours

PHYS 2111 - Introduction to Acoustics and Optics Laboratory (1 Credits)

This course deals with laboratory experiments in simple harmonic motion sound waves, reflection and refraction of light, lenses, prisms, diffraction of light, holography and some fiber optic systems. (Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 2110 or equivalent) Lab: 3 hours - Lab Fee: $20

PHYS 2500 - Applications in Science and Math (1 Credits)

This capstone course is intended for students in their final semester of the Science program. It allows students an opportunity to demonstrate and integration of knowledge and abilities acquired in previous science and mathematics courses with added intent of developing new insights. Students read selected articles, such as those that come from scientific journals, in a variety of fields and then have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers honing writing, synthesis and presentation skills (Prerequisites: Successful completion of a minimum of 21 general education credits and a minimum of 18 Science credits or permission of the instructor - SEE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON FOR PERMISSION OVERRIDE) - Lab Fee: $20

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