3 semester credits. The principles of physics are the basis of modern technology. Understanding the concepts of physics and knowing how to solve physics-related problems are a key requirement for success in advanced studies in all technical fields including biology, medicine, and the health sciences. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the principles and processes of the physical world with an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking. Topics include: the dynamics and behavior of matter, their motion, the forces involved, the exchanges of energy, force, momentum, and the basics of concepts such as space and time. Students taking General Physics I will develop an understanding of the physical aspects of nature and learn the scientific method and its application to scientific inquiries. In-class discussion along with group and individual work will enhance and consolidate studentsí understanding of basic physical principles and applications. Prerequisites: Calculus I
SMPHGP200 General Physics I
SMPHGP201 General Physics I Lab
1 semester credit. Lab component of General Physics I, please see course description. Lab hours are designed to provide direct technical and technological applications of lecture material.† Prerequisites: See General Physics I. Lab open only to students enrolled in this course.
SMPHIP180 Introduction to Physics
3 semester credits. This is an introductory course that investigates the nature and function of matter, motion, light, electricity, magnetism, and energy. Further topics include thermodynamics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and relativity. Part of the course will be dedicated to discussion sessions and readings on the role of science in today's world.
SMPHPL300 Physics in Daily Life
3 semester credits. This course presents a non-mathematical approach to understanding the scientific principles of physics. Its aim is to stimulate the non-science major to critically examine, in the light of physics, apparently mundane events in our daily lives. Why does a microwave oven heat food but not the plastic container its in? How can an airplane be suspended in midair? A thematic approach is adopted throughout the term. For example, the "light and sound" section explores the technology behind optical fibers for communications, laser vision correction, etc. Other topics include mechanics (the laws of motion), fluids, heat, waves, and electric and magnetic forces.