Conceptual Physics

Instructor:
Brian Havens

Course Code:
SCP5140

Course Description:
Physics is the study of the underlying laws of the universe. Conceptual understanding of the subject will be emphasized, with a focus on emphasizing the framework that ties together the physical world.  The course may also include a study of mass, momentum, gravity, relativity, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, astrophysics, and/or the quantum.  The study of physics is a valuable part of the general education of any student, as it forms the basis of all the other fields of science. Learning to examine problems and assess solutions will be an invaluable skill throughout a student’s education.  Classroom activities will include laboratory experiment, classroom discussions/lectures, topic investigation, readings, and assessment activities.

Objectives:
This course is intended to act as an introduction to major concepts throughout physics:
Motion – The change in position of an object is motion. The student will engage in investigations that integrate the process standards and lead to the discovery of the following objectives:
Force - A change in motion occurs as a result of a net force. The student will engage in investigations that integrate the process standards and lead to the discovery of the following objectives:
Energy - The total energy of the universe is constant. The student will engage in investigations that integrate the process standards and lead to the discovery of the following objectives:
Interactions of Energy and Matter – Energy interacts with matter and is transferred during these interactions. The student will engage in investigations that integrate the process standards and lead to the discovery.