Physics courses

PHY101 - Conceptual Physics
The course includes a study of linear and non-linear motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, momentum, energy, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. These topics are studied in a conceptual manner that includes little mathematics (beginning high school algebra level). The historical perspective on these concepts and the way in which they were developed is included.(3 credits)
PHY107 - The Physics of Everyday Life
A one-semester physics course for students seeking a physical science course to fulfill their natural science general education requirement and those students needing a one-semester physics course for a graduate school program. The primary goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles of physics that are at work in creation, as well as how they have been implemented technologically. Specific topics may vary somewhat, but will always focus on the foundational aspects of physics: mechanics, electromagnetism, wave behavior and thermodynamics. There will be some discussion of the historical development of physics and its relationship to faith. Prerequisite: MAT109 or higher, or ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT 550 or above), or consent of department chair. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY111 - General Physics I
For students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and those students seeking candidacy to a medical school or other graduate program. Topics will include kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT109, or ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT 550 or above), or consent of department chair. (4 credits)
PHY112 - General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)
PHY160SN - Astronomy
PHY211 - Classical Physics I
For students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and those students seeking candidacy to a medical school or other graduate program. Topics will include kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT112, or consent of department chair. (MAT112 may be taken concurrently with PHY211). (4 credits)
PHY212 - Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
PHY213 - Electronics and Instrumentation
For students seeking a minor in physics. Topics will include analog and digital electronics components, basic analog and digital theory of circuit operation, and interfacing recording instruments to experimental apparatus.Prerequisite: PHY212 or permission of department chair.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY231 - Engineering Statics
Primarily for pre-engineering students. Topics include vector and scalar treatment of coplanar and noncoplanar force systems, resultants, equilibrium, friction, centroids, second movements, Mohr's circle, radius of gyration, internal forces, shear, and bending diagrams. Prerequisite: PHY211. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY250 - Special Topics
A study of topics in physics which are not fully covered in other courses.Prerequisites: PHY111, 112 or 211, 212.(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY270 - Classical Dynamics
PHY370 - Modern Physics
For students seeking a minor in physics or those interested in obtaining a physics teaching endorsement. Topics will include special relativity, quantized energy and momentum, Schrodinger's Equation, nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology.Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY398 - Directed Study
PHY417 - Internship
PHY433 - Introductory Physical Chemistry
An introductory course in chemical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics.Prerequisites: MAT112 and 211, and CHE112 or PHY212.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY436 - Intermediate Physical Chemistry
(4 credits, alternate years,consult department)An intermediate course in chemical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics.Prerequisite: PHY433x. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
PHY499 - Honors Research
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