Physical Science

Course Descriptions/Common Syllabi

This section contains descriptions of courses offered at Moberly Area Community College. Not all of the courses listed in this section are offered every semester. Information on where and when these courses are available may be found in each semester’s course schedule available on the Course Offerings page. Contact advising for more information.

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PHY 101  Foundations of Physical Science  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS110L)
The course provides a study of basic concepts of physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and meteorology and their interrelation in the physical world. This course includes a laboratory component and is intended for nonscience majors. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score for MTH140, MTH142, MTH160 or higher or concurrent enrollment in MTH095 or any math corequisite.

PHY 120 Foundations of Chemistry  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR CHEM100L)
Foundations of Chemistry introduces students to the basic principles of chemistry. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions and gases. This course is intended for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Eligible placement scores for MTH140, MTH142, MTH160 or higher or concurrent enrollment in MTH095 or any math corequisite.

PHY 121 General Chemistry I  3-4-5  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR CHEM150L)
General Chemistry I is the first course in the general chemistry sequence and emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include measurement, physical and chemical processes, nomenclature, atomic structure, quantum theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, bonding theory, physical properties of gases, thermochemistry, and properties of solutions. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental chemical laws and concepts and will obtain prerequisite chemical knowledge needed for advancement to General Chemistry II. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Pre- and corequisite: Placement scores for MTH201 or completion or concurrent enrollment in MTH140, MTH142, or MTH150. Students continuing on to PHY122 must have “C” or higher in MTH140 or MTH150.

PHY 122 General Chemistry II  3-4-5
General Chemistry II is the second course in the general chemistry sequence. The course includes study of chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction reactions, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to carbon chemistry. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Completion of PHY121 and MTH140 or MTH150 all with a grade of “C” or higher.

PHY 125 Foundations of Physics  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS100L)
Foundations of Physics is an introductory course which presents the fundamental concepts and symbolism of physics with applications to everyday life. The course emphasizes mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and some modern developments. Course includes a laboratory component and is intended for non-science majors. Pre- and corequisite: Eligible placement scores for MTH140, MTH142, MTH160 or higher, or completion or concurrent enrollment in MTH095, MTH130 or any math corequisite . (FA)

PHY 140 Soil Science  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS110LES)
Introduction to the chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils; the origin, classification, and distribution of soils and their influence on people and food production; the management and conservation of soils; and the environmental impact of soil use.

PHY 160 Earth Science  3-0-3  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS110ES)
This introductory geoscience course emphasizes basic principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Topics covered include the origin of the Universe, solar system and Earth, minerals and rocks, plate tectonics geologic time, prehistoric life and evolution, ocean structure and life, weather and climate change. This course does not include a laboratory component.

PHY 162 General Astronomy  3-0-3  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR ASTR100)
This is an introductory astronomy course with no laboratory component. It surveys solar system bodies, stellar evolution, galaxies, the universe, and the history of human discovery.

PHY 163 Geology  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR GEOL100L)
Geology is a survey course focusing on the study of Earth’s materials, forms, and processes. Topics covered include rock and mineral classification, Earth’s dynamic interior and physical processes operating to shape Earth’s land forms. Designed for the non-science major, this course includes a laboratory component and may include field trips.

PHY 164 Atmospheric Science 3-0-3  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS110AS)
This is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles of meteorology and provides insight into atmospheric phenomena including weather, optical effects, and physical forces influencing air circulation in the earth’s atmosphere. This course does not include a laboratory component.

PHY 181 General Physics I  3-2-4  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS150L)
General Physics I is the first course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge needed for advancement to General Physics II. This course is designed for pre-professional and life-science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Completion of MTH140 or MTH150 with grade of “C” or higher. Recommended Corequisite:  MTH145

PHY 182 General Physics II  4-2-5
General Physics II is the second course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application. This course is designed for pre-professional and life- science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Completion of PHY181 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PHY 201  Engineering Physics I  3-4-5  CORE42Logo_sM  (MOTR PHYS200L)
PHY201 is the first course in a calculus-based physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MTH201 with a grade of “C” or better. Recommended Corequisite: MTH202.

PHY 202 Engineering Physics II  3-4-5
PHY202 is the second course in a calculus-based physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY201 and MTH202 with a grade of C or better. Recommended Corequisite: MTH203.

PHY 299 Special Studies in Physical Science  (1-6)-0-(1-6)
This course will consist of specialized study in areas of the department, which are not covered in-depth in courses already offered. Students may take no more than three Special Studies courses in any one discipline. (IN)

1981-82 National Championship Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran
Ball Boy – Troy Halterman
Eleanor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Brenna Kelly
Carmela McMullen
Tammy Harryman
Janet Thompson
Kim Cooley
Lisa Brown
Georgia Hinson
Kathy Schulz
Denise Derrieux
Margrett Bassett
Jackie Glosson
Marion Fitzsimmons
Manager – Debbie Brown
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Coach John Cochran 
Sandy Moore
Pat Seger Zeitlow
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Elenaor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Sheri Sills Schneider
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Coach Joyce Campbell
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Mary Smiley Wohlford
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Brenda Rucker
Neal Head, trainer
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