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Physics Course Outcomes

Physics Department Goals

  1. The goal of the physics department is to provide quality required courses for programs.
  2. After taking a course in the physics department, students should be able to…
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the basic scientific principles and fundamental concepts and skills of the field
  • Solve problems utilizing scientific reasoning, quantitative methods, and acquired knowledge and skills
  • Communicate scientific ideas clearly and effectively

Physics Course Goals

Astronomy 1000 – Highlights of Astronomy

Students will be able to…

  • Explain astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena

Astronomy 1010 – The Solar System

Students will be able to…

  • Explain astronomical phenomena
  • Explain the contributions made to astronomy by important historical figures
  • Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena
  • Explain basic principles of planetary science as applied to selected solar system objects

Astronomy 1020 – The Stellar System

Students will be able to…

  • Explain astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena
  • Explain how astronomers utilize the electromagnetic spectrum to ascertain properties of objects outside the solar system
  • Describe basic properties and features of our sun, including nuclear energy generation, the sun’s structure, and the solar cycle
  • Describe the life-cycle of a star
  • Describe the nature and evolution of galaxies
  • Describe the history of the universe

Geology 1010– Physical Geology

Students will be able to…

  • Think critically about fundamental concepts in geology
  • Predict the geology of an area based on the plate tectonic setting
  • Explain people’s influence on Earth and Earth’s influence on people
  • Communicate geologic concepts effectively
  • Geology 1020– The Earth Through Time

Students will be able to…

  • Think critically about fundamental concepts in the geologic history of Earth
  • Evaluate how Earth and life on Earth have changed over time
  • Communicate geologic concepts effectively

Geology 1030– Natural Disasters

Students will be able to…

  • Think critically about fundamental concepts of natural hazards and disasters
  • Evaluate the causes of natural disasters
  • Apply knowledge about Earth to what is seen in everyday lives

Oceanography 1010– Intro to Oceanography

Students will be able to…

  • Think critically about fundamental concepts in oceanography
  • Assess people’s influence on the oceans
  • Predict and explain what types of life are present in different ocean habitats

Oceanography 1030–Oceanography Lab

Students will be able to…

  • Explain oceanographic concepts through data collection, analysis, and interpretation
  • Interpret and create graphs and maps
  • Interpret and manipulate numeric data

Physics 1000 – Physical Science

Students will be able to…

Construct an understanding of the topics taught

Analyze and qualitatively describe the concepts and principles learned in class

Physics 1030 – General Physics

Students will be able to…

  • reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems
  • make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles
  • explain how physical principles apply in given situations

Physics 1040 – General Physics II

Students will be able to…

  • reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems
  • make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles
  • explain how physical principles apply in given situations

Physics 1100 – Engineering Physics

Students will be able to…

  • reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems
  • make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles
  • explain how physical principles apply in given situations

Physics 1110 – Radiographic Physics

Students will be able to…

  • Explain elementary physical principles of force, energy, electricity, magnetism, and electronics used as a foundation for circuit theory
  • Analyze a simplified circuit of an x-ray machine by explaining what each component is, what it does, its principle of operation, and its role in the x-ray circuit
  • Explain the atomic processes involved in the production of x-rays within an x-ray tube

Physics 2110 – Topics in Acoustics, Optics and Thermodynamics

Students will be able to…

  • Analyze the behavior of idealized systems by applying the basic physical concepts and principles
  • Describe concepts in the acoustic, optic, and thermodynamic branches of physics
  • Make calculations of simple systems using concepts learned in class

Physics 2111 – Introduction to Acoustics and Optics Laboratory

Students will be able to…

  • Analyze the behavior of idealized systems by applying the basic physical concepts and principles
  • Describe concepts in the acoustic, optic, and thermodynamic branches of physics
  • Make calculations of simple systems using concepts learned in class

Physics 2820 – Modern Physics I

Students will be able to…

  • Apply principles of modern physics to the practical world
  • Connect physical concepts, principals, and laws to engineering problems
  • Connect abstract laws with concrete objects and phenomena