Faulkner University

Physical Science Course Descriptions

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1304 Principles of Physical Science I

The emphasis of this course is on the principles of physics and the principles of chemistry. It is designed primarily for students who need additional background prior to taking more advanced courses in physics and/or chemistry or for students who need a basic course in preparation for allied health fields. Prerequisites: None; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301, and/or Basic Math will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: MH 1320 or higher. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).

1104 Principles of Physical Science I Lab

Lab complementary to PHY 1304. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 1304. (Offered every fall semester).

1305 Principles of Physical Science II

The content of this course includes the areas of astronomy, meteorology, and geology. The course is designed primarily for education majors. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301, will not be allowed to take this class. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).

1105 Principles of Physical Science II Lab

Lab complementary to PHY 1305. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 1305. (Offered every spring semester).

2311 University Physics I

Kinematics, Newton's laws, energy conservation, momentum and angular momentum, gravitation, fluids, wave motion, and heat and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MH 1451 or current enrollment. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).

2111 University Physics I Lab

Lab complementary to PHY 2311. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 2311. (Offered every fall semester).

2312 University Physics II

(Continuation of PHY 2311/2111) Kinetic theory of gases and thermodynamics, electricity, DC circuits, magnetism, AC circuits, light and geometric optics, and special relativity. Prerequisites: PHY 2311/2111, MH 2452 or current enrollment or permission from the instructor. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).

2112 University Physics II Lab

Lab complementary to PHY 2312. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 2312. (Offered every spring semester).

4129 Materials and Methods in Teaching Physical Sciences

The course focuses on the materials and methods of teaching as related to the Physical Sciences Biology and General Science and the purposes of education and characteristics of adolescents. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program, PHY 1304/1104, 1305/1105 and concurrent enrollment in ED 4229.

2099/3099 Individual Study

The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PHY 2099 is open only to sophomores; PHY 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. The number of hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.


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