Physics

Algebra-based introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Emphasis on conceptual understanding and problem-solving: motion, forces, Newton's laws applied to both linear and rotational situations, momentum, energy, and conservation laws. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry are expected. A math competency assessment is administered. Includes two-hour laboratory. Fall, Spring.

A hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based exploration of the basic physical principles that underlie our observations and experiences in the everyday world. Topics include motion, forces, energy, fluids, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, and the atom. Ideal for preservice teachers. Prerequisite: IQL 101 or by permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring.

The history and philosophy of science (astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics, and evolution) from its origins in Ancient Greece through Rome, the Middle Ages, the Islamic period, and the Renaissance to the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century to modern times, including plate tectonics, relativity, quantum physics and cosmology. Prerequisites: ITW 101 and IQL 101 or equivalent. Fall.

The first semester of a three-semester calculus-based sequence for science and technology majors. Emphasized are kinematics, forces, both static and dynamic, energy and momentum, gravitation, thermal physics, and thermodynamics. Includes a two-hour laboratory. Spring.

An interdisciplinary exploration of how analyses of the physics of sound aid our understanding of music. Students will learn how sound is created, sustained, amplified; how limits in human physiology shape approaches to music; and how physical properties of instruments relate to tone quality and give insight into different genres of music. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.