SCP 101 – Topics in Physics

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Eppich, Helmut. Inferno. ©.2000 LaGuardia Community College. Photo by Dina Pizzarello.©2020.

Course content

Homework and Assignments

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Lab Handouts, Manuals and Safety

SCP 101 Lab Handouts and Manuals

Forms and Safety for All Labs

(Source: LAGCC Natural Sciences Department)

Free E-Textbook 

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College Physics is optional. It is free to read online and download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL:

Urone, P., & Hinrichs, R. (2012). College Physics. Houston, Texas : OpenStax. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.

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Textbook problem solutions

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The syllabus contains information on Course materials, Instructional Objectives,  Grading Scheme and Standards, Homework Assignments, Attendance and other policies, Class schedule and instructors, and Laboratory requirements and experiments.

Fall 2021 SCP 101 Syllabus (to be added)

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to physics for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts, principles, and laws of physics will be introduced and discussed and their relevance to everyday situations considered. Students will learn how questions in physics can be investigated by applying the scientific method and physical measurements using a range of technologies. The course will also cover data analysis, solving problems in physics and the interpretation of uncertainty. Prerequisites: English Proficiency, Mathematics Proficiency. 3 credits; 3 hours

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Physics and Astronomy Open Educational Resources

  • Physics and Astronomy OER
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