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The Physical Sciences Department at Takoma Park/Silver Spring offers three Physics courses.

Courses Offered:

PH 161 General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

A three-credit calculus-based physics course that explores the fundamental laws of motion, force and energy, particle collisions, rotational mechanics, gravitation, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. This course is primarily designed for engineering majors; chemistry majors should check with their transfer institution before taking this course. Prequisites: MA 181 and conconcurrent enrollment in MA 182, or the consent of the department. This is a Natural Science Non-Labratory Distribution class. (Three hours lecture, one hour discussion each week.)

PH 203 General Physics I (non-engineering)

The first non-calculus-based general physics course with emphasis on principles and development of scientific methods applied to physical relationships. Students of biology, pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, optometry, and other health-based programs usually take PH 203. Chemistry majors should check with their transfer institution before taking this course. Prerequisites: knowledge of trigonometry or consent of department. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, and RD 099. (Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory/discussion each week.)

PH 204 General Physics II (non-engineering)

The second semester of a non-calculus-based physics course with emphasis on principles and development of scientific methods applied to physical relationships. Biology students and pre-professional students who are required to have 8 credits of physics usually take PH 204; chemistry majors should check with their transfer institution before taking this course. Prequisite: PH 203 and knowledge of trigonometry. (Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory/discussion each week.)

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