• Program: Physics
  • Course: Introductory Physics
  • Course #: PHYS2001
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. Fundamental principles of physics provide the basis upon which much of modern technology operates. In this course students will investigate the fundamental principles of physics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Students will gain knowledge of natural processes and their applications. Topics include the structure of matter, mechanics, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Apply fundamental physics principles to a wide variety of applications in modern technology
Draw conclusions in written lab reports based on data gathered in experiments
Formulate various hypotheses to explain the observed motion of objects in the lab and in everyday life
Predict the results of motion experiments based on known laws of physics
Solve motion problems
Formulate various hypotheses to explain observations of forces on objects in the lab and in everyday life
Predict the results of force experiments based on Newton's force laws
Solve force problems
Investigate common misconceptions about the laws of motion and Newton's force laws
Analyze physics problems using the principle of the conservation of energy
Analyze the behavior of static and flowing fluids using force and energy concepts
Apply the concepts of heat, temperature, and thermodynamics to applications in technology
Solve problems in electricity and magnetism using Coulomb's, Kirchoff's, Ohm's, Lenz's, and Joule's Laws

Credit Details
  • Total Credits: 3
  • Credit Type: Lecture
  • Lab Credits:  1
  • MnTC Goal: 2 & 3
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0901
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie