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Physics

The Physics Department offers three course sequences to meet the introductory physics needs for practically any college program:

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS for non-science students.

PHY 105 Conceptual Physics - GT-SC1 - 4 credit hours (Includes lab)

ACC Programs Supported:

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Applied Science, Automotive Service Technology
  • Transfers to Colorado Public four-year Institutions (GT)

ALGEBRA-BASED PHYSICS for students going into Health Science or other careers where a more in-depth understanding of physics is required.

PHY 111 Physics I - Algebra-Based GT-SC1 - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
Prerequisite: MAT 121 College Algebra
PHY 112 Physics II - Algebra-Based GT-SC1 - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
Prerequisite: PHY 111 Physics I

ACC Programs Supported:

  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of General Studies
  • Transfers to Colorado Public four-year Institutions (GT)
  1. These Algebra-based courses (often called College Physics) form a two-semester sequence that covers the traditional topics of Mechanics, Fluids, Heat, Wave Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics.
  2. Both courses include a weekly lab session that illustrates and reinforces the material discussed in class.
  3. Solving physics problems is emphasized in PHY 111 and PHY 112. One 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 for students going into Physical Science or Engineering Careers.

PHY 211 Physics I - Calculus Based GT-SC1 - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
Prerequisite: MAT 121 College Algebra, MAT 122 Trigonometry and MAT 201 Calculus
PHY 212 Physics II - Calculus Based GT-SC1 - 5 Credits (Includes lab)
Prerequisite: PHY 211 Physics I

ACC Programs Supported:

  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of General Studies
  • Transfers to Colorado Public four-year Institutions (GT)
  1. 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
  2. Both courses include a weekly lab session that illustrates and reinforces the material discussed in class.
  3. PHY 211 and PHY 212 are typically taken by students who plan to further their education in science, engineering or computer science.
  4. PHY 211 and PHY 212 are strongly 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 the improvement of problem-solving skills.

All courses are:

  • Lab-based
  • Transfer to Colorado Public four-year Institutions (GT)
  • Use modern computer-based equipment and classroom technology
  • Student-Centered

 Course Descriptions