PHYS 180 Physics Exploration (2)

Catalog Description:

This physics course is designed to give students in the physics majors (or those interested in the majors) an overview of the field of physics via hands on exploration, and to increase awareness of career opportunities in the field. (Offered fall semester only.)



Required Course Materials:

No text book will be used in this class. All course material will be posted online in the Canvas website, or links to external websites will be provided.

Course Coordinator:

Abaz Kryemadhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Course Audience:

First-year students in the Physics and Physics with Teaching Certification majors are required to take the course, and the course is open to all students.

Course Objectives:

By the completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following Mathematical Sciences objectives for this course:

  1. Understand the goals, methods, and limitations of the scientific process.
  2. Learn how to approach a physics problem, by analyzing the situation, performing dimensional analysis, and planning experiments.
  3. Learn how to perform an experiment in a systematic manner, and take careful notes and document the results.
  4. Learn how to analyze the results of an experiment, and evaluate the accuracy of the results.
  5. Learn how to report the results of an experiment both in a written report and oral presentation.
  6. Learn to use correct physics terminology and nomenclature.
  7. Learn about career options for physicists.
  8. Understand the role of physics and science in society.
  9. Explore the sustaining and creative work of God in the physical world through scientific investigation.


  1. Physics career opportunities and common career trajectories.
  2. Discover unknown relationships in the areas of mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism.
  3. Lab experiences will be exploratory rather than replicative in nature and will not require any prior theoretical knowledge.



Revised: October 2013

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