PHYS - Physics

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course is appropriate for students lacking a strong math and science background and is designed to develop physical concepts in the classroom in a highly interactive laboratory. The laboratory portion of the course will include traditional and conceptual physics experiments, computer work and time devoted to physics problem solving. Considerable attention is paid to problem solving and the development of problem analysis skills.

  • This is the first semester of a one-year course designed primarily for students at the Engineering Technology level. The topics covered include: vectors, linear and rotational kinematics, linear dynamics, equilibrium, friction, work, energy, power, momentum and collisions, and gravitation, and rotational momentum and collisions and gravitation.

  • This is the first semester of a two semester sequence, which is appropriate for a Liberal Arts or technical student who plans to complete a four year degree. The course describes the fundamental laws of natural environment and provides the student with an appreciation of how physics impacts nature and society. Problem solving is stressed. The course studies motion, force, energy, collision, rotational motion, heat, and fluids. This course includes a laboratory each week covering the topics listed for this course.

  • This course is the first of a sequence of three semesters intended to cover elementary classical physics for those students who are planning to transfer into a four-year program in engineering, mathematics, or one of the natural sciences. The topics covered include: measurements, vectors, kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collision, equilibrium or rigid bodies, and gravitation. This course includes a lab each week covering the topics listed for this course.

  • This course is a continuation of PHYS 1024. Topics covered include: wave motion, sound, electrostatics, current, electricity, electric circuits, magnetic effects, light and illumination, reflection, refraction, mirrors, thin lenses, dispersion, interference, and diffraction. Laboratory work is also included covering most of these topics.

  • This course is a continuation of PHYS 1044. It is appropriate for a Liberal Arts or technical student who plans to complete a four-year degree. The topics covered include: simple harmonic motion, waves, light, electricity and magnetism. Problem solving is stressed. The course includes a lab each week covering the topics listed for this course.

  • This course is a continuation of PHYS 1064. Topics include: wave motion, simple harmonic motion, electricity, and circuit analysis. The course includes a lab each week covering the topics listed for this course.

  • A student may contract for one to five credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This is a one-semester course designed primarily for BT/BS students, but can be taken by any students who meet the pre-requisites. This course is designed to provide students with information about the discoveries made, ideas and concepts advanced, and the knowledge gained in physics during the past hundred years. Topics include: relativity, corpuscular nature, matter waves, atomic physics, quantum mechanics, quantum theory or hydrogen, many-electron atoms, molecular structure, statistical mechanics, and properties of solids. Lecture/Laboratory.