Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

PHYS 100: Introductory Physics

General Information

  • Name: Introductory Physics
  • Discipline: Physics (PHYS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces students to a broad range of concepts in physics from basic classical mechanics to modern physics. Students will conduct at least four experiments with many demonstrations performed throughout the course.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of PHYS 100, the student will perform with a minimum accuracy of 80 percent, the following objective:

  • List the components of the scientific method in detail and apply this skill to experiments.
  • Explain the conceptual basis of a wide range of physical phenomenon in mechanics, properties of matter, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics.
  • Perform at least 4 basic hands-on experiments in the laboratory.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Education Mission:

PHYS 100 is a general education class that promotes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will benefit students in their personal and professional endeavors.

General Education Student Learning Outcome:

Students who successfully complete PHYS 100 satisfy the General Education Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Understand the methods of science and the roles that science and technology have in the modern world.

Program Mission for AA/AS degree:

PHYS 100 satisfies the A.A. /A.S. degree mission by providing academic knowledge and skills for students to successfully transfer to four year institutions in order for them to meet their higher educational goals.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for AA/AS degree:

Students who successfully complete PHYS 100 will know the subject matter to a level that is appropriate for the emphasis of their degree.



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