PHY-110 Conceptual Physics

This course is offered at Surry every semester.

Course Description

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.


Conceptual Physics, 12th Edition
Paul G. Hewitt
Package (ISBN 9780321908605) Contains:
 Textbook and
MasteringPhysics Access Card

Topics Covered

  1. About Science
  2. Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia
  3. Linear Motion
  4. Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration
  5. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction
  6. Momentum
  7. Energy
  8. Rotational Motion
  9. Gravity
  10. Projectile and Satellite Motion
  11. Atomic Nature of Matter
  12. Solids
  13. Liquids
  14. Gases and Plasmas
  15. Temperature, Heat and Expansion
  16. Heat Transfer
  17. Change of Phase
  18. Thermodynamics
  19. Vibrations and Waves
  20. Sound
  21. Musical Sounds
  22. Electrostatics
  23. Electric Current
  24. Magnetism
  25. Electromagnetic Induction
  26. Properties of Light
  27. Color
  28. Reflection and Refraction
  29. Light Waves
  30. Light Emission
  31. Light Quanta