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Survey of Physics (PHYS 1000)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course is a broad survey of physics concepts designed for students in education and other programs outside of science and engineering; it does not serve as a prerequisite for other physics coursework. You will apply the fundamental concepts and principles of physics. You will understand the nature of physics as a human endeavor and gain a historical perspective of this field. This course includes a required lab which must be taken on campus.

Topical Outline:
1. Mechanics
2. Properties of Matter
3. Heat
4. Electricity and Magnetism
5. Light

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand physics as a human endeavor, including the nature of scientific knowledge and the historical perspective
2. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of physics concerning properties of and changes in matter; position, motion, and force; light, heat, electricity, and magnetism; and kinds of and ways to transfer energy
3. Design and conduct scientific investigation of physics phenomena
4. Use appropriate scientific tools and equipment, including mathematics, in scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and communication

Prerequisites:  Background in mathematics is recommended, but not required.

MnTC: Goal 3