What is physics? Simply put, physics is the study of the universe. It is an attempt to understand the behavior of all matter and energy. It is understanding these behaviors that explain many everyday things – like how planes fly through the air, the path a ball takes after being thrown, and why certain objects float or sink. But those same principles also unlock an understanding of much grander phenomena like the motion of celestial bodies and the inner workings of atoms & matter itself. Physics is the most fundamental of sciences, and in teaching it, we strive to give students a better grasp of the world that live in.
The three types of Physics courses offered at Gadsden State:
Technical physics (PHY 115) is a one semester survey course with only a MTH 100 pre-requisite. It is designed primarily for technical students needing a basic understanding of physics principles for their chosen profession.
Trigonometry Based physics (PHY 201/202) is a two semester sophomore-level general physics course with a MTH 113 pre-requisite. These courses are designed primarily for students seeking a B.S. or higher in the biological or health sciences fields. Students seeking a degree in these fields may opt to take the calculus based course instead if they meet the pre-requisites, but always check with your advisor first.
Calculus Based physics (PHY 213/214) is a two semester sophomore-level general physics course with a MTH 125 pre-/co-requisite. These courses are designed primarily for students seeking a B.S. or higher in physics, chemistry or engineering fields. Students seeking a degree in these fields usually MUST take the calculus based course, but always check with your advisor first. PHY 201 & 202 are NOT pre-requisites for the calculus-based physics series.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses will transfer to any college or university to fulfill academic requirements for a physics course. But always check with an advisor first.
PHY 115 Technical Physics**
PHY 201 General Physics I – Trigonometry Based
PHY 202 General Physics II – Trigonometry Based
PHY 213 General Physics I w/Calculus
PHY 214 General Physics II w/Calculus
**This course fulfills requirements for specific associate degrees and certificate programs. Generally this course will not transfer for academic credit to another college or university. Check http://stars.troy.edu/ for more information or speak with your advisor if you have questions.
For more information on course descriptions refer to Gadsden State’s current Catalog & Student Handbook.