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PHY 100 Fundamentals of Physics
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 5 A one-semester course that is intended to introduce the non-science or non-technical major to the broad concepts of physics. It uses a somewhat philosophical approach and does not emphasize mathematical rigor. It includes a survey of topics in mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and modern physics. Recommended prerequisite: Writing -- SAT: 32, Accuplacer: 105, ACT: 25, COMPASS 95, or ENG 110 or ENG 160; Reading -- ACT: 18, COMPASS: 80, or TRS 102; and Math -- SAT: 23.5, ALEKS: 14, Accuplacer (Arithmetic): 80, ACT: 18, COMPASS (PreAlgebra): 50, or MATH 094, or instructor's permission. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced.

PHY 111 College Physics I
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab)/Online Contact Hours: 5 This is a first non-calculus course in general college physics intended for students in pre-science. Topics included are mechanics, heat, and sound, using mathematical skills of algebra and trigonometry. PREREQUISITE: Writing -- SAT: 32, Accuplacer: 110, ACT: 25, COMPASS: 95, or ENG 110 or ENG 160 is REQUIRED; Reading and Math -- minimum benchmarks will be enforced.

PHY 112 College Physics II
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 5 A continuation of PHY 111, this course emphasizes light, electricity, magnetism and some aspects of modern physics. Recommended prerequisite: PHY 111 or instructor's permission. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced.

PHY 120 Astronomy
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 3 In this course, students will become better observers as they map the heavens, make and read star maps, and understand the mechanics of our solar system and galaxy. The nature and analysis of light, optics, and telescopes along with properties of planets, satellites, stars and galaxies will be discussed. Many hands-on activities will be used to highlight important concepts. Night time observations and planetarium will enhance the curriculum. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced. Comment: Includes classroom work at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Planetarium.

PHY 124 Astronomy of the Solar System
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 5 In this course, students will be introduced to the Sky and the Solar System. Laboratory exercises will be emphasized. The Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and constellations will be observed and analyzed using the Planetarium and Telescopes. Methods of calculating the positions of astronomical objects will be introduced. Hands-on experiments include mapping the heavens, making and reading star maps, analyzing light to understand its nature, and the principles of telescope design. Students will understand the mechanics of our solar system and our galaxy and learn some of the properties of planets, satellites, stars and galaxies. The course will be enhanced through examples from the fields of astrophysics, astrobiology, and astrogeology. Recommended prerequisite: Math -- SAT: 25.5, ALEKS: 30, Accuplacer (Elementary Alegbra): 40, ACT: 20, or COMPASS: 34, or MATH 096. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced.

PHY 180 Phys Science in Elem Education
3-1-4 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 5 This inquiry-based course is designed for elementary teachers who would, it is expected, transfer this style of learning to their students. Students will learn the basic concepts of physics and discover the laws of physics by guided experimentation. They will use this approach in solving problems and further exploration of a variety of natural phenomena. Thus they will develop a positive attitude toward science and confidence in their ability to explain natural phenomena. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced.

PHY 221 Engineering Physics I
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 6 This is the first course in physics for students who plan to major in engineering or physics. Topics included are mechanics, sound, and heat. These topics are studied using appropriate skills from calculus. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of MATH 162 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: MATH 130.

PHY 222 Engineering Physics II
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 6 A continuation of PHY 221, this course includes the topics of light, electricity, magnetism, and modern atomic physics. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of PHY 221 is REQUIRED.