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Degree Type: Associate of Science Degree, AS

Pathway: Science, Engineering and Math

More Options: Classroom Based, Online

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Why Choose Physics Classes at PPSC?

Choosing to study physics at PPSC will provide you with the necessary background to transfer to a four-year school. You will study chemistry, develop an understanding of computer science, articulate ideas of classical physics, and learn the language of mathematics. Physics is a prerequisite to any in-depth study of the sciences and technologies and it leads to careers in variety of industries, including engineering, astronomy, medical research, astronautics and geophysics.

What do PPSC Physics students study?
The physics program at PPSC provides you the prerequisites they need for the in-depth study of science and technology, preparing them for transfer to a four-year school. As a physics student at PPSC, you will:
  • Study chemistry and learn the basics of measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions, and equations.
  • Learn about differential equations with an emphasis on problem solving, and applications.
  • Develop an understanding of computer science and programming, algorithm development, and data representation.
With a physics degree from PPSC, you are prepared to transfer to a four-year school and pursue their bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

Physics Classes You Might Take

Here are some classes that you could take at PPSC

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Covers the physics of kinematics, dynamics, and conservation laws and requires application of classical physics to both mathematical and conceptual problems. Specific concepts covered include 1D and 2D kinematics, Newton’s Laws, rotational motion, energy and work, momentum and impulse, and simple harmonic motion. This course may also cover thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

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Introduces students to the discipline of computer science and programming. Algorithm development, data representation, logical expressions, sub-programs and input/output operations using a high-level programming language are covered. Intensive lab work outside of class time is required.

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Explores techniques of problem solving and applications. Topics include first, second, and higher order differential equations, series methods, approximations, systems of differential equations, and Laplace transforms.

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Physics Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems
  • Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
  • Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
  • State a conclusion based on findings

The Associate of Science Degree with Designation in Physics is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year school and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. The Statewide Transfer Agreement will allow students to transfer to a Colorado public four-year school and complete their degree with an additional 60 credit hours. For more information about the Transfer Agreement please visit: cdhe.colorado.gov/students/attending-college/credit-transfer/transfer-degrees

Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor.

Includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, selection of topics from among graphing of the conic sections, introduction to sequences and series, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem, and theory of equations. A graphing calculator is required.

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

Introduces significant theoretical and practical questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes: the human condition, logic, reality, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, and religion.

Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry. This course covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.

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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

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