Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


PHY 100 Fundamentals of Physics
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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: A minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 25 or COMPASS score of 95 or ENG 110 and minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094 or instructor's permission.

PHY 111 College Physics I
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab)/4-0-0 (Online) 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: A minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 25 or COMPASS score of 95 or ENG 110 REQUIRED. Minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 recommended. Minimum ACT Math Test score of 26 or COMPASS Algebra Skills Test score of 79 or MATH 152 recommended.

PHY 112 College Physics II
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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.

PHY 120 Astronomy
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) 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. Comment: Includes classroom work at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Planetarium.

PHY 124 Astronomy of the Solar System
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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: A minimum ACT Math Test score of 20 or COMPASS Algebra Test score of 34 or MATH 096.

PHY 180 Phys Science in Elem Education
3-1-4 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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.

PHY 221 Engineering Physics I
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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 with a 2.0 or higher is REQUIRED. Corequisite: MATH 130.

PHY 222 Engineering Physics II
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) A continuation of PHY 221, this course includes the topics of light, electricity, magnetism, and modern atomic physics. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of PHY 221 with a 2.0 or higher is REQUIRED.