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Student Outcomes

The learning outcomes are as follows:
  • to bring students to an understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge and the appropriate application of scientific concepts, principles, laws and theories; specifically, to obtain an overall knowledge of the basics of physics in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and quantum physics.
  • to enable students to utilize the processes of science in solving problems, making decisions, and furthering their understanding of nature and technology;
  • to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the joint enterprises of science and technology and their interrelationships with each other and with other aspects of society;
  • to cultivate within students an awareness and confidence to confront such scientific and technological issues as health, energy and the environment as active and informed participants in society.
  • to communicate scientific concepts in a clear, logical and informative fashion both orally and in writing, and to advance personal and societal solutions through informed participation.


The goals of the core course in Physics (PHY 101/102) are assessed through the regular college-wide assessment instruments of the core and with the comprehensive final exams in both PHY101 and PHY102. The Physics Major Program is assessed by having the senior student take the Major Field Test in Physics as provided by the Educational Testing Service.

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In this course, as in all of our science courses, we develop in our students the ability to integrate their scientific skills within the spiritual, intellectual, civic, emotional and physical dimensions of their lives.