Physics

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Program Description

Physics is the foundation discipline which must be incorporated into the education of anyone preparing for a career in engineering, or science. It is equally true for the non-scientist having the responsibility to make meaningful decisions in society - the citizen in politics, the business person or social scientist who deals with problems of a society strongly linked to technology based on application of physical principles. A truly educated person preparing for life in the 21st century can hardly afford not to be aware of the statements of contemporary physics.
 

The Physics Department, in addition to offering courses for the major, provides a support service in offering Physics courses satisfying the needs of other disciplines.

There is a three-semester, calculus-based sequence (PHYS 121, 122, 123) for the student in Engineering, Physics and other physical sciences. The department also offers the Excellence in Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering (EMSE) workshop program (PHYS 121W, 122W, and 123W) to assist students in calculus-based Physics courses.

For the Biological Sciences student, both a two-semester trigonometry-level Physics sequence (PHYS 105 and 106) and a two-semester calculus-level Physics sequence (PHYS 110 and 111) are offered.

PHYS 102 satisfies the needs of those requiring an introduction to physics prior to entering the Engineering/Physics sequence.

For those fulfilling a General Education science requirement, a one-semester general survey Physics course (PHYS 101 and 101L) is offered.

To satisfy the needs of the Liberal Studies major, the Physics Department offers a non-mathematical one-semester Physical Science course (Physical Science 103) which covers the physical basis of a number of disciplines-Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology and Meteorology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving mechanical static and dynamic mechanical problems involving both solids and fluids.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving mechanical wave problems.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving thermodynamic problems.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving electric, magnetic and electromagnetic problems.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving ray and wave optics problems.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving modern physics problems.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in construction and assembly of experimental apparatuses; conduct and analyze measurements of physical phenomena; assess experimental uncertainty; make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory; and interpret results.

Faculty & Offices
Michael Young, Chair (PS-119, ext. 2697) 
Doug Folsom, Faculty (PS-115, ext 4305) 
Don Ion, Supervising Laboratory Technician (PS-120, ext. 2312) 

Department information is also available on the Internet at www.sbcc.edu/physics.

Emeritus Faculty
William Miller
Elwood Schapansky
Greg Cain

 


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