Physics

Physics is the study of the fundamental behavior of matter and the phenomena of energy, space, and time. Modern technology is derived from the study of these topics, for example, in medicine, a pacemaker, electronic ignitions for automobiles, microwave ovens in the home, and radon gas detectors in the building inspection industry, and countless electrical, mechanical, and optical devices.

Community College of Aurora offers a variety of physics courses ,such as Phy 111 (an algebra-based approach to the fundamental laws of motion, along with the study of heat), Phy 112(a fundamental study of electricity and magnetism), Phy 211 (A calculus approach to the laws of the universe), and Phy 212 (Application of calculus to the study of electricity and magnetism including Maxwell's Equations). All physics courses are accompanied by laboratory practice.

See the Associate of Science - Physics Degree with Designation Recommended Progression:

Physics Pathway

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AS degree in Physics from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of physics vocabulary, physics principles, and key concepts in the physics discipline, apply this vocabulary, and these principles and key concepts to interpret new information and situations.
  • Identify, integrate, and analyze information or data to formulate and defend scientific predictions and conclusions within the physics discipline.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and methodology within the physics discipline.
  • Communicate physics information clearly and logically.
  • Use mathematical methods, reasoning and strategies to investigate and solve problems within the physics discipline.
  • Describe examples of the impact of physics on society, and apply scientific information to decision making.

 

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