PHYS 214

The Physics of Everyday Phenomena
CRN: 22076

Use CRN: 22076 to register for the course at myPurdue website.

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Course At A Glance

8 weeks

Schedule Type: Distance Learning

Instructional Method: Online
(This section is delivered 100% online)

Format: The course is entirely online, and so you can do this course anywhere that you can get access to a reliable internet connection, and you do not have to come to campus at all except for the final exam which is given on campus at the end of the class in the first week of August or for those students who have travel difficulties the final will also be given again at the beginning of the second week of the fall semester.

Assessments: The course assignments have deadlines, but you do not have to be at your computer at specific times.

Course Instructor

David Miller

David Miller
Professor of Physics

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About the Course

How do we understand and explain the things that occur in the world around us? The simple answer is physics. Physics 214 is an introductory survey course for non-science majors explaining the phenomena we see in our everyday lives using underlying physical laws. It is an algebra-based course and there is no calculus or trigonometry, so it works well for students with all varying levels of math proficiency. The course is identical to the same course given in both the fall and spring semesters.

Purdue students from a wide variety of majors - Education (ED), Agriculture (AG), Management (MGMT), Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI), Health Human Services (HHS), and Liberal Arts (LA) can use Phys 214 as part of the science requirement for these majors. In addition, this course also satisfies one of the Science requirements of Purdue's 30 credit hour core curriculum which is required of all students.

Developing an understanding of physics may be one of the most useful and transferrable skills you acquire and give you a greater appreciation of our everyday world and the Universe.

Course Goals

Understand the physical phenomena we see and read about using the fundamental laws that govern everything in our Universe from Energy and Momentum Conservation to F = ma and the forces of Gravity, Electromagnetism and nuclear forces.

Learning Resources

The Physics of Everyday Phenomena, 8th edition (5th, 6th, 7th editions are also just as good) by W. Thomas Griffiths and Juliet W Brosing (McGraw Hill, New York).

Computerized Homework in Physics (CHIP) - CHIP is a system utilized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy that allows students to complete and submit homework and concept assignments.

Course Syllabus

To learn more about Physics 214, visit the course website where you can find detailed information for each week of the summer session as well as lecture slides from Summer 2015 (only minor changes will be made to them for Summer 2016).