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Physics 1201: General Physics I


trifid nebulaDo you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between? Are you highly motivated and self-directed learner? Then this is a class for you.

Physics is more than a subject - it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.


Closeup of a drop of water hitting a pool of waterThis is the first semester of a college-level, algebra-based physics sequence. The main topics covered include mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and simple harmonic motion), waves (physical waves and sound waves), fluids (buoyancy, pressure, and fluid dynamics), and thermodynamics (temperature, heat, the kinetic theory, and the 1st & 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics).

You will also be required to take three exams ON CAMPUS.

This is not a self-paced course. Assignments will be due weekly.


Graphical display of various projectoriesMath 1115 (or college equivalent) or Math-1431(or college equivalent) either with a grade of C or better or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test or a qualifying A.C.T. math score. Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One