Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 203 - General Physics I (Non-Engineering)


The first of two related courses (with PHYS 204 ) designed for pre-professional programs and for transfer to four-year institutions. The two-course series presents fundamental concepts and laws of physics with emphasis on principles and development of scientific methods applied to physical relationships. PHYS 203 presents the laws of mechanics, including waves and sound, and selected topics in material properties and thermodynamics. Calculus is not needed, but strong algebra and trigonometry knowledge is required. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade C or better in MATH 096  and MATH 098  or consent of department. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , READ 120 . Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory/discussion each week. Formerly PH 203.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:


  • Identify and apply physical principles and laws associated with classical mechanics.
  • Explain and analyze key concepts related to the motion of specifics mechanical systems.
  • Develop strategies to solve physics problems involving classical mechanics and thermodynamics using physical and mathematical principles.
  • Apply the scientific method of laboratory investigations to physical concepts and laws in classical mechanics and thermodynamics.
  • Synthesize, interpret, and communicate clearly through written laboratory reports the results of experiments conducted in classical mechanics and thermodynamics. 

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