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PHY 120 - Physics for Everyday Use

Unit(s): 4.00

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires appropriate placement (based on high school GPA and/or other measures), or completion of an elementary algebra course.
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to:UC (*credit limit), CSU(*Students will receive no credit from UC for PHY 120 if taken after PHY 150 or PHY 211)

This course investigates the basic characteristics of matter and the interactions that govern its behavior, and emphasizes how remarkable everyday phenomena are from this perspective. Examples from popular culture (e.g., movies, TV, and sports) are utilized. Topics include how to describe an object’s motion, how to explain changes in an object’s motion, and the roles of work and energy, among other topics. The course is intended for non-science majors, stresses conceptual understanding, and presents students with an opportunity to see how our world works according to physics.

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