Physics

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Physics
Spring 1 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-115: Intermediate Algebra-Applications
Instructs students in the knowledge of algebra involving nonlinear content including expressions, equations, functions and inequalities. This course emphasizes simplifying and solving methods for polynomial, quadratic, rational, absolute value, radical, exponential, and logarithmic expressions and equations.
Prerequisites: MATH-096 minimum grade C, or appropriate Math Accuplacer score.
Offered: ALL
Summer 1 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-170: Pre-Calculus
An in-depth study of linear, piecewise, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. It also includes the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, systems of equations and inequalities, conic sections, sequences and series, and applications in geometry.
Prerequisites: MATH-115 minimum grade C, or appropriate Math Accuplacer score.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits MATH-180: Trigonometry
Instructs the student in the knowledge of triangles, radian and degree measure, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and properties, inverse trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, and vectors. Prepares the student to utilize trigonometry in the analysis of calculus. [NM Common Course Number MATH 1213, Area II: Mathematics Core]
Prerequisites: MATH-115 minimum grade C, or appropriate Math Accuplacer Score.
Offered: ALL
Fall 2 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-188: Calculus I
Instructs the student in the methods of differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and optimization(including transcendental functions). Other topics include L'hopital's rule, Newton's method, Riemann sums, indefinite and definite integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Mathematical software will be utilized throughout the course to expose students to computer algebra systems. [NM Common Course Number MATH 1614, Area II: Mathematics Core]
Prerequisites: MATH-170 AND MATH-180, minimum grade C.
Offered: ALL
4.0 credits CHEM-111: General Chemistry I
Part one of the general study of chemistry, including scientific and dimensional analysis, metathesis and redox reactions, thermochemistry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, gases, liquids, and solids. For engineering and pre-professional majors. Course includes 1 credit hour lab component.
Prerequisites: MATH-115 or appropriate Accuplacer Math Score. CHEM 110 with a C or better or high school chemistry with a grade of B or better in the last 4 years.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits ENGL-111: Freshman Composition
Emphasizes academic writing, intertextuality, and analysis of rhetorical situation through writing workshop and thematic readings. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 1113, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: ENGL-099 and (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits COSC-118: Comp Programming Fund I w/C++
An introduction to programming and computing integrating problem solving and algorithmic design using the object- oriented programming language C++.
Prerequisites: MATH-096, ENGL-095, and (RDNG-095 or RDNG-096) or appropriate Accuplacer scores in Math, English, and Reading.
Offered: FASP
Spring 2 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-189: Calculus II
A continuation of Math 188, extending to topics in techniques of integration, numerical integration, applications of integration, infinite series, power series, Maclaurin & Taylor series and Taylor polynomials. [NM Common Course Number MATH 1623, Area II: Mathematics Core]
Prerequisites: MATH-188 minimum grade C.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits PHYS-215: Engineering Physics I
A calculus level treatment of classical mechanics and waves. Physics principles are emphasized and illustrated by examples and problem practice. Strongly recommended that students have previously taken high school physics or PHYS 121. Strongly recommend that this course be taken with PHYS 215L.
Prerequisites: Take MATH-188 or higher with a minimum grade of C.
Offered: FASP
1.0 credits PHYS-215L: Engineering Physics Lab I
This course is the first in a two-semester laboratory sequence, which accompanies the calculus-based introductory physics sequence (215, 216). For students who have completed PHYS-215, this lab may be taken separately with permission of the instructor.
Corequisites: PHYS-215
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits CHEM-112: General Chemistry II
Part two of the general study of chemistry including kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base systems, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, industrial processes, and coordination chemistry. For engineering and pre-professional majors. Course includes 1 credit hour lab component.
Prerequisites: Take MATH-170 and CHEM-111.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits ENGL-211: Advanced Composition
Develops rhetorical and expository writing skills. Explores a variety of forms and styles with emphasis on argument and academic research. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 1123, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113).
Offered: ALL
Fall 3 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-268: Calculus III
Instructs the student in the techniques of multivariable calculus. Topics include partial differentiation, linear and quadratic approximations, optimization, multiple integration, vector fields, line and flux integrals, curl, and divergence. Additional topics include the Fundamental Theorem of Line Integrals, Green's Theorem, Stokes Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.[NM Common Course Number MATH 2614, Area II: Mathematics Core]
Prerequisites: MATH-189 minimum grade C.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits PHYS-216: Engineering Physics II
A calculus level treatment of topics in gravitation, electricity, and magnetism. It is strongly recommended that this course is taken at the same time as PHYS-216L.
Prerequisites: Take PHYS-215 and MATH-189, minimum grade of C.
Offered: FASP
1.0 credits PHYS-216L: Engineering Physics Lab II
This course is the second in a two-semester laboratory sequence, which accompanies the calculus-based introductory physics sequence (215, 216). It is strongly recommended that this course is taken at the same time as PHYS-216. For students who have completed PHYS-216, this lab may be taken separately with permission of the instructor.
Corequisites: PHYS-216
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits ENGR-230: Engineering Circuit Analysis
Introductory engineering analysis of analog circuits. Topics include electrical component descriptions and equations (resistors, inductors, and capacitors), Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws, and calculus based formulation of network equations using time and frequency domain concepts.
Prerequisites: Take MATH-189.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits COMM-110: Public Speaking
The purpose of this class is to develop students' public speaking skills so that they can become more confident and effective speakers. Students will write and present both persuasive and informative speeches. [NM Common Course Number COMM 1113, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: (RDNG-050 or RDNG 096) and ENGL-050 or appropriate Reading and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
or 
3.0 credits COMM-111: Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase student's awareness of the role that interpersonal communication plays in creating and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Emphasis of instruction is on improving one-to-one communication skills. Topics covered include self-concept, perception, non-verbal communication, listening, feedback, and effective use of language. [NM Common Course Number COMM 1213, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: (RDNG-050 or RDNG-096) and ENGL-050 or appropriate Reading and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
Spring 3 Semester 
4.0 credits MATH-282: Differential Equations
This course gives an in-depth introduction to ordinary differential equations. Theoretical questions such as existence and uniqueness are addressed but emphasis is on concepts and applications. Topics include first order techniques and applications, second order techniques and applications, Laplace Transform methods, Cauchy-Euler equations, infinite series techniques, systems, numerical techniques and qualitative aspects.[NM Common Course Number MATH 2814, Area II: Mathematics Core]
Prerequisites: MATH-268 minimum grade C.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits PHYS-217: Engineering Physics III
A calculus level treatment of optics, special relativity, and atomic structure.
Prerequisites: Take PHYS-216 with a minimum grade C.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits ENGR-236: Thermodynamics
This first course in thermodynamics is applicable to all engineering disciplines (and modern society in general) as it deals with energy, and an "energy-balance" approach to problem solving. The first portion is devoted to energy, energy transfer, and physical properties. The first law of thermodynamics (which relates energy to heat and work) and the second law (specifies the direction of certain processes) are then covered in detail.
Prerequisites: TAKE PHYS-215
Offered: SP
3.0 credits ECON-251: Macroeconomics
Covers supply and demand, the danger of price controls, the role of government in free markets, international trade, international finance, currency exchange rates, purchasing power parity, the balance of payments, the tax structure, national income accounting, elements of long-run economic growth, inflation, unemployment, the business cycle, economic models explaining changes in the business cycle, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the money supply. The application of economics to the financial markets is stressed along with economic indicators. [NM Common Course Number ECON 2113, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: Take (RDNG-095 or RDNG-096), ENGL-099, and MATH-096 or appropriate Reading, English and Math Accuplacer Scores.
Offered: ALL
or 
3.0 credits ECON-252: Microeconomics
Covers the history of economic development, comparisons of the major economic systems, supply and demand, price controls, price elasticity of demand, the distribution of income, social security, problems with measuring income demographic effects on the economy, the cost structure of firms, perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, economies of scale, monopoly regulation, labor markets and an examination of the economy's effect on the environment. The application of economics to the financial markets is stressed. [NM Common Course Number ECON 2123, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: Take (RDNG-095 or RDNG-096), ENGL-099 and MATH-096 or appropriate Reading, English and Math Accuplacer Scores.
Offered: ALL
Students must also complete the following General Education requirements: 
  • 6-9 credits in Social & Behavioral Science
  • 6-9 credits in Humanities & Fine Arts
 
 

For more information, please call Jim Barnes at (505) 566-3379. Or send an email to barnesj@sanjuancollege.edu.