PHYS180 Introduction to Physics (3 semester hours)

This course is designed as an introduction to classical physics for non-scientists. Students will learn to apply Newtonian principles to the basic topics of motion, gravitation, momentum, work, energy, heat, wave behavior, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. Basic algebra will be used in the course to demonstrate how mathematics can describe and predict the real-world behavior of objects from electrons to planets. Students will also be expected to relate physics principles to their daily lives. Also, students will discuss the process of the scientific method and must demonstrate science information literacy skills through the creation of a narrated presentation.Topics covered in this course require some comfort with math. This course is time-intensive, so students should ensure they have the time to fully commit to this course if it is used to fulfill the General Education science course requirement.