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PHY 1106 Physics for Technology

Survey of conceptual physics for technology majors. Topics include motion, forces, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, light, atomic structure and emission and absorption of radiation. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

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

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


  • Explain and predict the behavior of DC resistive circuits using relationships between current, electric potential difference and resistance.
  • Apply ideas related to energy in order to explain the behavior of real objects including energy transfer and transformation.
  • Apply the wave model of light in order to explain observable optical phenomena.
  • Predict and explain acoustic behavior using a model of sound as a longitudinal wave.
  • Apply Newton's Laws of Motion to the motion of real objects.
  • Discuss how magnetic fields are produced both by ferromagnetic materials and electric currents and describe the properties of magnetic fields.
  • Describe the process through which a macroscopic object becomes charged using microscopic models and predict the behavior of interacting charged objects.
  • Describe and predict the behavior of vibrating systems including the transport of energy via wave motion.
  • Apply the principles of the quantum theory so as to explain the behavior of electrons, protons and neutrons and to describe the interactions of matter and electromagnetic radiation.
  • Describe one and two dimensional motions verbally, mathematically using simple models and pictorially using standard graphs and strobe pictures.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2