PHY – PHYSICS

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Course description

Prerequisites

Credits

PHY 101 Introductory Physics

This course is designed to provide students with the required skills and knowledge to successfully pursue College Physics at the Associate Degree level.  It will introduce them to the fundamental aspects of Physics as a physical science. Beginning with principles of motion, students will be led through an exploration of the science of the laws of nature and get an understanding of Kinematics, Dynamics, Radioactivity and Waves. It will also provide an introduction to the Kinetic Theory and Atomic structure and enable students to appreciate the difference between solids, gases and liquids and explain their behavior in experiments.

None

3 Credits

PHY 110 College Physics I – Mechanics

This course introduces quantities, units and the dimensional base required to investigate and verify the laws of mechanics. Mechanics is the study of the effect of forces on bodies. It may be sub-divided into dynamics, statics, and kinematics. Dynamics is concerned with motion of bodies and the forces that cause that motion; statics investigates forces acting on bodies at rest (i.e. in equilibrium) whilst kinematics concerns motion only, with no reference to force or mass.

PHY 101 or CXC/GCSE Physics

4 Credits

PHY 111 Astronomy

This course introduces students to astronomy. Topics to be studied include theoretical studies of the celestial sphere and time, the Earth-Moon system, EM-radiation, Gravitation, the Solar system, the Sun and stars and stellar associations and galaxies.

3 Credits

PHY 120 College Physics II – Electricity and Magnetism

Introduces the quantities, units & dimensional database required to investigate and verify the laws of electricity. Electricity is concerned with the study of charged particles, whether stationary or in motion. Its utilisation on both large and small scales provides the cornerstone of our civilisation’s lifestyle.

MAT 106

4 Credits

PHY 253 College Physics Ill – Oscillations and Energy

Periodic vibration of an elastic solid or fluid constitutes an oscillation. Oscillations following simple harmonic motion are of particular interest as this type of motion is common in nature. Waves represent a method of energy transfer through a medium or space by means of the regular vibration of particles (as in a sound wave) or a physical quantity, such as an elec- tromagnetic wave. An awareness of resonance is important in applications as diverse as communications and construction. Energy concepts are developed to encompass alternative forms.

Co-requisite: MAT 221; Prerequisites: PHY 110; PHY 120

4 Credits

PHY 254 College Physics IV – Radioactivity I

This hybrid module develops a broad concept of atomic structure, radioactive sources, radio-isotopes and applications in medicine. It introduces quantum physics and explores nuclear physics and radio- activity. Continuation of Physics I.

Co/Prequisite: MAT 221. Prerequisites: PHY 110; PHY 120

4 Credits