PH 103 - Fundamentals of Physics
Some or all of the PH 101,2,3 sequence can be taken in any order. PH 103 focuses on the science of light and color and many aspects of modern physics, including atomic physics, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, special and general relativity, and astrophysics. See information about the Fundamentals of Physics sequence in the PH 101 course description. The class environment includes labs, demonstrations, discussion, and individual and group activities. Lab included.
Prerequisite: MTH 052 or above with grade of ‘C-’ or better or pass placement test.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Gain familiarity with a wide variety of physical phenomena and the means by which they are described and explained involving: light, color, and optics; and Modern Physics (quantum physics; nuclear physics; and Special and General Relativity).
2. Correctly use elementary physics concepts regarding the above phenomena in some simple situations, and gain a significantly increased basic conceptual understanding of these phenomena.
3. Converse and comprehend through communication using elementary descriptions and dynamical laws about light, color, optics, and Modern Physics topics and elementary diagrammatic representations (e.g. interference diagrams and color model diagrams).
4. Have familiarity with, the use of, and an elementary understanding of precision in measurement, drawing conclusions from experimental data about possible explanations of the course phenomena.
5. Have familiarity with the use of scientific equipment to investigate the course phenomena.
6. Formulate questions to move their thinking forward concerning the subject matter of the class.
7. Be familiar with elementary application of basic concepts of light and color and Modern Physics.
8. Be aware of possible uses and impacts of this physics knowledge.
9. Converse and write about the nature of science with increased sophistication and see physics as a science, rather than a body of knowledge.
10. Appreciate that the insights provided by the Classical understanding of phenomena are valuable and useful, while appreciating that further understandings have been and are being developed. (Currently identified limitations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity are discussed.)
11. Have a greater appreciation that energy and technology, including nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, have profound implications for humanity, which involve choices by society generally and scientists as well.
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