PHY 121 - Physics for Non-Majors I
A non-mathematical course in classical and modern physics; intended for those seeking a natural science elective. Topics include gravitation, electricity and magnetism, the nature of light, Einstein's Theories of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, blackholes, and the Big Bang. Students interested in taking a transferable laboratory science course should enroll in PHY 120 concurrently. Three class hours. NOTE: Students who successfully complete PHY 121 may, with addition of PHY 120, complete the requirement of SUNY Natural Science General Education. PHY 120 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both PHY 120 and PHY 121 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the scientific method, its strengths, and its limitations.
2. Apply knowledge of science to determine whether a claim is scientific.
3. Summarize the history of science especially as it applies to how scientific knowledge is continuing to evolve.
4. State the concepts and relationships of classical physics.
5. Employ the utility of science in addressing social issues such as global warming or resource depletion.
6. Identify information on topics in modern physics, especially in areas such as: special relativity, general relativity, cosmology, or quantum mechanics.
Course Offered Fall and Spring