Physics/Astronomy (PH)

PH104 Descriptive Astronomy

Credits 4Summer

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Descriptive treatment of the history of astronomy which includes planetary and lunar motion, moon phases, constellations, stars and galaxies. Topics include the origin of the solar system, asteroids, meteors, comets, stellar evolution, galaxies, black holes, quasars and cosmology. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments and projects as well as outdoor observations.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH109C Observational Astronomy

Credits 3Summer

A course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of observing the night sky. Students learn to use telescopes, star charts and photographic equipment to investigate the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Evening field trips away from the Portland light dome are required.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH121 General Astronomy

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Descriptive treatment of the history of astronomy including the contributions of Kepler, Galileo and Newton; telescopes, light and the spectrum; Earth as a planet and the moon. This course is intended primarily for the general college student who is not majoring in a physical science. The planetarium is used extensively and is supplemented by occasional viewing of celestial objects with a telescope.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH122 General Astronomy

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Descriptive treatment of the solar system including the terrestrial planets, the Jovian planets, comets, meteors, asteroids and meteorites. The planetarium star projector is used in conjunction with star charts to help students locate planets and other celestial objects in the night sky. Course may be taken out of sequence.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH123 General Astronomy

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Descriptive treatment of stars and their evolution, the sun nebulae, star clusters, the Milky Way, galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, quasars and the expanding universe. Course may be taken out of sequence.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH201 General Physics I

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and MTH112. A scientific calculator is required. A graphing calculator may be required.

Physical laws and theories are developed and discussed. This course is intended primarily for the general college student who is not majoring in a physical science. The following topics are developed: vectors, one- and two-dimensional kinematics, dynamics, uniform circular motion, work, energy, impulse and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, static equilibrium, gravitation and fluid statics.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH202 General Physics II

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: PH201. A scientific calculator is required. A graphing calculator may be required.

The following topics are developed: simple harmonic motion, temperature, thermal expansion, thermal energy and phase changes, gas laws and thermodynamics, waves, sound, interference, reflection, refraction and geometric optics.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH203 General Physics III

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: PH202. A scientific calculator is required. A graphing calculator may be required.

The following topics are developed: electric forces and fields, potential and potential energy, electric circuits, magnetic forces and fields, electromagnetic induction and alternating current circuits.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH211 General Physics with Calculus I

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and MTH252.

General Physics with Calculus includes the following topics: motion in one and two dimensions, particle dynamics, work, energy, momentum, conservation of energy and momentum, collision theory, rotational kinematics and dynamics, rigid body equilibrium, oscillating systems, universal gravitation and fluid statics are treated using practical problems and examples. Emphasis is placed on logical reasoning, thorough understanding of the principles and the ability to successfully solve numerical problems. Vector notation is employed extensively. The theory and results of classical mechanics are used to predict the behavior of actual physical systems and explain phenomena commonly encountered in the real world.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH212 General Physics with Calculus II

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: PH211.

Provides prospective science and engineering majors with a thorough basic knowledge of thermodynamics, geometrical and physical optics, simple harmonic motion and wave motion.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

PH213 General Physics with Calculus III

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: PH212 and MTH254.

Provides engineering and science majors with those topics within the scope of electricity and magnetism.

Additional Course Fee: $25.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.