NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

PHYS 1000    Conceptual Physics     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is a combined lecture and laboratory course designed for people who want to learn about the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of the working of the physical universe. This course helps the student understand and appreciate how and why a wide range of common and everyday physical phenomena occur. Topics include: laws of motion, work, energy, momentum, fluids, heat, vibration, wave motion, electricity, magnetism, and light. Some algebra is used in the presentation, so a mathematical preparation equivalent to Math 0902 is recommended. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)



PHYS 1030    Introduction to Physical Sciences     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

In this course, students will explore the basics of chemistry and physics by examining such concepts as understanding and measuring matter; atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures; physical and chemical properties of matter; states of matter; chemistry fundamentals, the periodic table; bonding and types of compounds; mixtures and solutions; chemical reactions; properties and sources of energy; heat; electricity, circuits, and power; properties of sound & light; the behavior of sound & light; forces and motion; work and simple machines. This course is intended for students who wish to complete a science course with a lab. It is not a prerequisite for any science or health programs. This course may not be used as a substitute for a chemistry course or a physics course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Math 0901 (Intro to Algebra) or basic math skills are highly recommended.



PHYS 1050    Astronomy     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course takes a "big picture" look at the universe as a whole. Topics include history of astronomy, origin and features of the planets and the Solar System, the lives and deaths of stars, cosmology and the fate of the universe. It also covers recent discoveries and current topics in astronomy. The laboratory component provides a variety of methods to more fully investigate the process of astronomy. The course meets requirements as a natural sciences lab course under Goal Area 3 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. (3 hours lecture/week, 2 hours lab/week)



PHYS 1060    The Solar System     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course provides an introduction to astronomy with emphasis on our Solar System. Topics include the origin, structure, and history of the Solar System; the properties of light; the function and use of telescopes, understanding the processes that have shaped the planets, their moons and ring systems; comets, asteroids and other space debris. Recent discoveries and current topics from the exploration of the Solar System are also discussed. This course includes a lab-like experience. (3 hours lecture; satisfies MnTC Goal Area 3)



PHYS 1061    Solar System Lab     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

An optional course laboratory course designed to complement The Solar System lecture class. It will involve investigation of the process of astronomy through the analysis of astronomical data. Computer simulation software, internet exercises, videos and observational sessions may be used within the course. (2 hrs/week) Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys/NSci 1060 AND Math 0902 or equivalent. If taking this course concurrently with PHYS 1060, you must obtain instructor permission and complete appropriate paperwork for pre-requisite override.



PHYS 1070    Concepts of the Stars and Universe     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course provides an introduction to astronomy with an emphasis on stars and galaxies. Topics include understanding the Sun as a star; revealing the messages hidden in starlight; stellar birth, maturation, and death; black holes, white dwarfs, pulsars, quasars, and supernova explosions; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the origin and the fate of the universe. Current topics and discoveries from stellar astronomy and cosmology are also discussed. This course includes a lab-like experience. (3 hours lecture; meets MnTC Goal Area 3 requirements)



PHYS 1071    Stars and the Universe lab     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

An optional course laboratory course designed to complement the Concepts of Stars and the Universe lecture class, It will involve investigation of the process of astronomy through the analysis of astronomical data. Computer simulation software, Internet exercises, videotapes and observational sessions may be used within the course. (2 hrs/week) Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys/NSci 1070 AND Math 0902 or equivalent. If taking this course concurrently with PHYS 1070, you must obtain instructor permission and complete appropriate paperwork for pre-requisite override.



PHYS 1120    Meteorology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is designed for people who desire to learn about the weather. This course helps the student learn to observe and interpret the sky, to read weather maps, and to understand the sequence of meteorological phenomena. The topics to be covered include: air temperature, humidity, condensation, clouds, air pressure, wind, atmospheric circulation, weather forecasting, computer modeling, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)



PHYS 1140    Energy Aspects of Our Physical Environment     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is designed for people who desire to learn about the various sources of energy and the problems associated with its production and consumption on the local, state, national, and international levels. Topics to be covered include: energy principles, fossil fuels, electric energy, acid precipitation, energy conservation, infringements on the global atmosphere, the principles of sustainability, and the orderly translation from our current energy mix to a new mix utilizing nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal, and new emerging technologies. This course includes a lab-like experience. (3 hours lecture)



PHYS 1201    Principles of Physics I     Credits  5         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is the first of a two-semester introductory physics course for students with a mathematical preparation of algebra and some trigonometry. Topics to be covered include: motion in one and two dimensions, Newton's laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, gravitation, fluids and heat. (4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) Prerequisite: Math 0902 or equivalent



PHYS 1202    Principles of Physics II     Credits  5         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is the second of a two-semester introductory physics course for students with a mathematics preparation of algebra and some trigonometry. Topics to be covered include: wave motion, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and light. (4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) Prerequisite: Physics 1201 or consent of instructor



PHYS 1220    Allied Health Physics     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides the allied health or paramedical student with a concentrated treatment the basic physics principles of ultrasound which would be needed for follow on courses in the Allied Health field. Completion of one college level science course and college algebra is strongly recommended.



PHYS 1601    General Physics I     Credits  5         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This is the first course of a two-semester introductory physics sequence for students with a mathematical preparation of one semester of calculus. The topics to be covered include: motion in one and two dimensions, Newton's laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, gravitation, fluids and wave motion. (4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: Math 1221



PHYS 1602    General Physics II     Credits  5         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This is the second course of a two-semester introductory physics sequence for students with a mathematical preparation of two semesters of calculus. The topics to be covered include: thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics. (4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: Phys 1601; Math 1222



PHYS 1990    Physics Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.