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Physical Science Courses

The following courses are currently offered by the Physical Sciences Department at Madison College. To find when a course is offered and related information, click the name of the class. Questions about a course may be directed to the course coordinator. To see how a course may transfer to or from other colleges, use the Madison College transfer tools.

Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy

physics   Survey of Physics

credits: 3
catalog #: 10806139
This course emphasizes understanding basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
course coordinator: Gerry Ashmore

physics   College Physics 1

credits: 3
catalog #: 10806143
This course presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinetic, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature and heat.
prerequisites: College Math (10804107) OR Elem Alg w/Apps (10834110) OR Higher Level Math courses OR COMPASS Algebra of 40 or higher.
course coordinator: Archie Paulson

physics   General Physics 1

credits: 4
catalog #: 10806154
Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications. Topics include unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics, translational and rotational dynamics, heat and temperature, and harmonic motion and waves.
prerequisites: completion or concurrent enrollment in College Technical Mathematics 1 (10804115) .
course coordinator: Gerry Ashmore

physics   Forces Fields and Energy

credits: 3
catalog #: 10806182
Forces, Fields and Energy offers an in-depth study of electricity and magnetism, including electrostatics, electric and magnetic field theory, electric circuits and electronics. The course also includes a brief introduction to kinematics, dynamics, work and energy so that they can be applied to electric and magnetic systems. The course concludes with an introduction to wave optics and the wave/particle duality of light and subatomic particles.
prerequisites: College Technical Mathematics 1 (10804115) and Co-requisite is College Technical Mathematics 2 (10804116).
course coordinator: Gerry Ashmore , Archie Paulson

physics   Physics of Everyday Life

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806220
Have you ever looked at something and said to yourself "I wonder how that works?" If so, this is the course for you. The Physics of Everyday Life will explore basic principles of physics including classical mechanics, fluids, heat, resonance, waves, light and electricity and magnetism through the lens of everyday objects. We will gain insight through studying objects such as bumper cars, roller coasters, light bulbs, musical instruments and microwave ovens.
prerequisites: Basic Algebra (74854793) or Elem Algebra w/Apps (10834110) or a score of 40+ on the algebra component of COMPASS.
course coordinator: Bill Caplan

physics   University Physics 1

credits: 5
catalog #: 20806221
University Physics 1 is the first semester of a one-year introductory course. Students develop a conceptual understanding of the basics of physics and are provided with practical hands-on lab experience, which helps to broaden the understanding of physics. This course covers the basic properties of motion, force, energy, momentum, rotation, fluids, heat and relativity. It stresses developing good problem-solving strategies.
prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra (20804201) OR Intermediate Algebra 2 (20804203) OR College Algebra (20804212) OR Trigonometry (20804213) OR Math Analysis (20804229) OR Calculus & Analy Geom 1 (20804231) with a grade of C or better.
course coordinator: Archie Paulson

physics   University Physics 2

credits: 5
catalog #: 20806222
University Physics 2 studies thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, geometric and physical optics through lecture, demonstrations and laboratory work.
prerequisites: 20806221, or equivalent.
course coordinator: Archie Paulson

physics   University Physics 1-Calculus-Based

credits: 5
catalog #: 20806223
This course is intended for students of science or engineering, covering mechanics and heat. It consists of five one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week and is equivalent to Physics 201 at the University of Wisconsin.
prerequisites: grade of C or better in Calculus (20804231), or equivalent.
course coordinator: Bill Caplan , Gerry Ashmore

physics   University Physics 2-Calculus-Based

credits: 5
catalog #: 20806224
This course is intended for students of science or engineering, and is a continuation of 20-806-223. It covers electricity, magnetism, light and sound and is equivalent to Physics 202 at the University of Wisconsin.
prerequisites: grade of C or better in 20806223 or equivalent. Student must take Calculus 2 (20804232), or equivalent, prior to or concurrently with this course.
course coordinator: Bill Caplan , Gerry Ashmore

earth science   Earth Science

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806241
Earth Science introduces the physical nature of the earth. The course covers topics in geology, geography, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. Physical processes and an understanding of their causes and effects are investigated
course coordinator: Jennifer Lewis , Dixie Burns

astronomy   Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies

credits: 4
catalog #: 20806254
An introductory astronomy course covering gravity, light and astronomical instruments, our Sun, stars and stellar evolution (including nebulae, supernovae, white dwarfs, pulsars, and black holes), Milky Way and other galaxies, and cosmology (history, structure, and fate of the universe, big bang theory). Some optional evening observing sessions may also be included (off campus meetings for star viewing with the school's binoculars and telescopes).
prerequisites: grade of C or better in College Reading Strategies (20804231) or COMPASS Reading Score of 80 or above. Recommended: Elem Alg w/Apps (10834110) with a grade of C or better or a score of 40 or better on Algebra Component of COMPASS.
course coordinator: Dixie Burns

astronomy   Astronomy: The Solar System

credits: 4
catalog #: 20806253
An introductory astronomy course covering the sky and celestial motions, ancient astronomy, the Copernican revolution, gravity and orbits, light and astronomical instruments and the solar system. Recommended evening observing sessions will also be included. (These are off campus meetings for star viewing with the school's binoculars and telescopes.)
prerequisites: grade of C or better in College Reading Strategies (20804231) or COMPASS Reading Score of 80 or above. Recommended: Elem Alg w/Apps (10834110) with a grade of C or better or a score of 40 or better on Algebra Component of COMPASS.
course coordinator: Dixie Burns

earth science   General Geology

credits: 4
catalog #: 20806244
This course introduces the student to the composition and structure of the earth, its surface features and the processes that have shaped and produced these features. The course consists of three one-hour lectures per week and a two-hour weekly lab session. The laboratory is meant to reinforce topics and concepts covered in lecture, and provide hands-on examination of geologic maps, rocks and minerals.
course coordinator: Jennifer Lewis

earth science   Weather and Climate

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806245
This course discusses nature and variability of temperature, precipitation, clouds and wind. Topics include storm systems, fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and their predictions, climate, climactic change, seasonal changes, air composition, global winds and special problems related to meteorology.
course coordinator: Matthew Lazzara , Scott Lindstrom

earth science   Survey of Oceanography

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806246
This course introduces the student to the ocean sciences. The student will investigate the origin of the oceans, ocean chemistry, ocean circulation, waves, tides, sediments and the biology of the ocean. An emphasis will be on the connections between the ocean and the atmosphere, the structure of the ocean basins and life in the oceans. To reinforce the course concepts, the students will interpret current data and maps during class assignments
course coordinator: Scott Lindstrom , Jennifer Lewis

earth science   Climate and Climate Change

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806250
Climate and climate change are topics that have been widely discussed and scrutinized by scientists, businesses, and governments over the last few decades. This class will focus on the science of climate and how climate can change on multiple temporal and spatial scales, both naturally and by human activity. Topics discussed include how climate is described, what controls climate, climate cycles and feedbacks, how climate is modeled, and observations of climate change.
course coordinator: Scott Lindstrom , Monica Harkey , Matthew Lazzara

earth science   Natural Hazards

credits: 3
catalog #: 20806252
The course will focus on the physical processes that create environmental hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather), the primary controls on their frequency and intensity, and how human decision-making can influence the magnitude of impact that they have when they inevitably occur.
prerequisites: Earth Science (20806241); or General Geology (20806244); or Weather and Climate (20806245)
course coordinator: Nathaniel Boerner

physics   Science 1

credits: 2
catalog #: 31806363
Science 1 covers basic principles of physics that have frequent and common practical applications for students pursuing vocations in trade and industry. This course relates applications to student vocational fields. Includes measurement, mechanics, machines, properties of matter, fluid principles, heat and electricity. Features lecture, discussion and laboratory.
course coordinator: Bill Caplan , Archie Paulson

Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy