Physics Course Descriptions

Font Size: Larger /Smaller

Big Bend Community College Physics

ASTR&101 Introduction to Astronomy (5 credits) (Our most frequently offered astronomy course, usually Fall and Spring quarters)

ASTR&100 Survey of Astronomy (5 credits) (Less frequently offered)

A survey course intended for the non-science major, this counts as a non-lab science course (the MS abbreviation). Topics studied will include most of the following: historical astronomy, electromagnetic radiation, telescopes, the Earth-Moon system, the solar system, the sun, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. This is a non-lab science course. Credit not granted for both ASTR& 100 and ASTR& 101. Prerequisite: completion of a BBCC Elementary Algebra course or placement into a higher-level mathematics course.

ASTR 105 Observational Astronomy (3 credits) (Infrequently offered)

PHYS& 100 Physics for Non-Science Majors (4 credits)
PHYS& 101 Phys Lab for Non-Science Majors (1 credit)
(these courses are taken together)

A general survey course for the non-science major, this counts as a laboratory science course (the LS abbreviation). The course helps develop an awareness of the physical concepts which govern our everyday experiences. Topics will include most of the following, depending on class preparation and interest: Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, wave theory, sound, light and electromagnetic radiation, optics, static and current electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity. Conceptual reasoning is stressed, with mathematics kept to the level of elementary algebra. Laboratories emphasize concepts learned in lecture, as well as graphing and data handling techniques. The course is offered primarily to
meet the Associate in Arts and Science laboratory science requirement. Prerequisite: completion of a BBCC Elementary Algebra course or placement into a higher-level mathematics course.

PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics w/Lab I (5 credits)

The course is an introductory physics course intended for students majoring in science or engineering. This course is the first of a three-quarter sequence. Course content includes the laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotations, static equilibrium, and may include gravitation. Prerequisite: Calculus I (Math&151) or concurrent enrollment in that course. This course counts as a laboratory science course (the LS abbreviation).

PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics w/Lab II (5 credits)

The second in a three-quarter calculus-based sequence in introductory physics intended for students majoring in science or engineering. Course content includes oscillations and waves, thermodynamics, optics, and may include gravitation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PHYS& 221. This course counts as a laboratory science course.

PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics w/Lab III (5 credits)

The third in a three-quarter calculus-based sequence in introductory physics intended for students majoring in science or engineering. Course content includes static electricity, current electricity, magnetism, and special relativity. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PHYS&
221 and PHYS& 222. This course counts as a laboratory science course.

A descriptive overview of astronomy with particular emphasis on observation, this counts as a Specified Elective (the SE abbreviation). Lectures will cover the solar system, the Earth-Moon system, stellar systems, celestial motion, the history of visual astronomy, optical aids, and observing techniques. This course is not intended to be part of a physical science pre-major.

A survey course intended for the non-science major, this counts as a laboratory science course (the LS abbreviation). Topics studied will include most of the following: historical astronomy, electromagnetic radiation, telescopes, the Earth-Moon system, the solar system, the sun, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. The laboratory portion of the course may include optics, visual astronomical observing techniques, use of the telescope, spectroscopy, and astronomical distance measurement. Credit not granted for both ASTR& 100 and ASTR& 101. Prerequisite: completion of a BBCC Elementary Algebra course or placement into a higher-level mathematics course.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email