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PHY 1100 Introduction to Physics

A survey of motion, forces, energy, thermodynamics, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism for nonscience majors. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Physics
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 OR MAT 1110 OR MAT 1130 OR MAT 1445 


  • Apply ideas related to energy, including energy transfer and transformation in order to explain the behavior of real objects.
  • Explain and predict the behavior of DC resistive circuits using relationships between current, electric potential difference and resistance.
  • Apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics so as to explain the thermal behavior of matter, e.g. predict energy transfer and transformation amounts and equilibrium temperatures.
  • Apply Newton's Laws of Motion to the motion of real objects.
  • Apply atomic models of matter so as to describe the behavior of matter in the gaseous, liquid and solid states.
  • Describe the process through which a macroscopic object becomes charged using microscopic models. Predict the behavior of interacting charged objects.
  • Discuss how magnetic fields are produced both by ferromagnetic materials and electric currents. Describe the properties of magnetic fields.
  • Accurately describe one and two dimensional motions verbally and mathematically using simple models, and pictorially using standard graphs and strobe pictures.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3