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PHYS 001: Conceptual Physics

Al-Karim Gangji

(Submission #102)

Course Description

Conceptual physics is a PLAS course that deals with fundamental principles underlying our understanding of the physical world around us. More specifically the course focuses on the major topics in "classical physics," the physics developed between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The topics we will cover in class will range from the basic concepts of motion, forces, gravity, energy, heat and temperature, physics of matter, electric and magnetic fields, wave motion, and geometric optics. To understand these topics, we will take the conceptual approach and use simple mathematical skills to explain the basic phenomena of the physical universe. You will find out how discoveries in physics not only provided civilization with knowledge, new technologies and devices, but also shaped and changed it.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Natural Science Lab (NS-L)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: None
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Ph 1
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 4
Number of Seats: 24


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