Why is the sky blue? What is the charge on an electron? How is a mineral different from a rock? Can you assess the damage done by an F3 tornado or determine the color and luminosity of a star? Does mass play a role in the calculation of an object's acceleration?
The answers to all of these questions and more can be found in the Physics and Physical Science courses offered at Jefferson College. The Physics Department offers a study of basic scientific concepts and principles of the Physical Universe. Intense course and laboratory work, along with computer-based hands on learning, aids the student in the processes of scientific inquiry.
For those non-scientists, such as education majors, the Physical Science course offers a fundamental approach to science and how it's interlinked to everyday life. Major topics include: the history of science, the applications of mechanics, astronomy, geology, and meteorology.
Elementary and General Physics presents a more in-depth exploration of physical principles for students pursuing degrees in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other technical fields. In addition to a critical understanding of the laws of nature, physics students gain experience in problem formulation and solving, measurement, and computer skills which prepare them for the challenge of a four year institution and future career fields. Students in Jefferson College's Pre-Engineering program are allowed to transfer to an engineering school with a Junior standing.