PHYS 100 – Physics: Non Science Majors

Designer:   David Kern Attribution: CC BY

A course for non-science majors that is a survey of the central concepts in physics
relating everyday experiences with the principles and laws in physics on a conceptual

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe basic principles of motion and state the law of inertia.
  • Predict the motion of an object by applying Newton’s laws when given the mass, a force, the characteristics of motion and a duration of time.
  •  Summarize the law of conservation of energy and explain its importance as the fundamental principle of energy as a “law of nature”.
  • Explain the use of the principle of Energy conservation when applied to simple energy transformation systems.
  • Define the Conservation of Energy Law as the 1st Law of Thermodynamics and State 2nd Law of Thermodynamics in 3 ways.
  •  Outline the limitations and risks associated with current societal energy practices,and explore options for changes in energy policy for the next century and beyond.
  • Describe physical aspects of waves and wave motion.
  • Explain the production of electromagnetic waves, and distinguish between the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
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