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Physics

The ACC Physics Department offers three families of courses to meet the needs of different college and transfer programs:

Conceptual Physics

PHY 105 4 credits (Includes lab)

ACC Programs Supported: Associate of General Studies
Associate of Applied Science
Automotive Mechanics
Transfers To: Colorado public four-year institutions

Conceptual Physics covers a broad-range of topics including:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Fluids
  • Heat
  • Optics

Algebra-Based Physics Courses

PHY 111 Physics I - Algebra Based - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
PHY 112 Physics II - Algebra Based - 5 Credits (Includes lab)

ACC Programs Supported: Associate of Science
Associate of Arts
Associate of General Studies
Transfers To: Colorado public four-year institutions

These algebra-based courses (often called College Physics) form a two-semester sequence that covers the traditional physics topics of:

  • Mechanics
  • Fluids
  • Heat
  • Wave motion
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics

Both courses include a weekly lab session that illustrates and reinforces the material discussed in class.

PHY 111 and PHY 112 are typically taken by students who plan to further their education in fields including science, medicine, computer information systems.

The prerequisite for PHY 111 is College Algebra (MAT 121). PHY 111 is a prerequisite for PHY 112.

Solving physics problems is emphasized in PHY 111 and PHY 112. An important goal of these courses is to improve problem-solving skills. As such, students need to possess good algebra and problem-solving skills.

Calculus-Based Physics Courses

PHY 211 Physics I - Calculus Based - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
PHY 212 Physics II - Calculus Based - 5 Credits (Includes lab)

Programs Supported: Associate of Science
Associate of Arts
Associate of General Studies
Transfers To: Colorado public four-year institutions

The calculus-based courses (often called Physics for Scientists and Engineers) form a two-semester sequence that covers the traditional physics topics of

  • Mechanics
  • Fluids
  • Heat
  • Wave motion
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics

Both courses include a weekly lab session that illustrates and reinforces the material discussed in class.

PHY 211 and PHY 212 are typically taken by students who plan to further their education in science, engineering or computer science.

The prerequisites for PHY 211 are College Algebra (MAT 121) and Trigonometry (MAT 122). Students must have taken Calculus I (MAT 201). PHY 211 is a prerequisite for PHY 212.

PHY 211 and PHY 212 are oriented to solving physics problems. Students need to possess strong algebra, trigonometry and problem-solving skills. The expectations of mathematical and problem-solving ability are higher than those for Algebra-based Physics courses. A goal in these courses is to improve problem-solving skills.