James Corkins, Ed.D.

Residential Faculty - Physics

Physical Science

Office: PS 15 - Room: PS204

480-461-7878

480-461-7878 (alt)

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11:50 AM - 1:20 PM11:50 AM - 1:20 PM11:50 AM - 12:50 PM 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM
 

Online

   

I will either be in PS204 or PS107 for my office hours on M,W, and F.  Tuesday's office hours are online, so please email me ahead of time so we can meet up. 

Profile

Some background information about myself, I was born and raised in the Phoenix, AZ area. Some of my hobbies include Crossfit, surfing, drawing cartoons, boardgames and RPGs, and walking doggies.   My wife Jennifer is a 4th grade teacher.  We have no children, but are in the process of adopting doggos =)

I attended Arizona State University for all three of my degrees: Bachelor’s of Science- Physics, Master’s of Science, Doctorate of Education- Physics. At ASU, I received the award for Instructor of the year and was nominated for dissertation of the year.

I was also researcher and post-doc with ASU working on the JiTTILL grant- a study funded by the NSF which proposes to innovate on teaching methods of university engineering and physics classrooms through valid and reliable assessments.

I was also the director of research at a local technology and e-learning company where I designed and implemented new curriculum, created and validated diagnostic and summative assessments and items, integrated new technology into the instructional design, and I was responsible for all research data analyses.

Classes Taught

Fall 2022

PHY101 Introduction to Physics 4 Credits
A survey of physics emphasizing applications of physics to modern life.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090, or higher level mathematics course, or eligibility for MAT120 or higher as indicated by appropriate placement.
It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29410
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
Tu
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Class Started

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29410 Students may contact instructor at: james.corkins@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29410 must also register for .
29420
Live Online
Live Online
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
Tu
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Started

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29420 Students may contact instructor at: james.corkins@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29420 must also register for .
PHY111 General Physics I 4 Credits
Includes motion, energy, and properties of matter.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT182 or MAT187 or MAT220 or MAT221 or eligibility for MAT220 as indicated by appropriate placement or one year high school Trigonometry with a grade of C or better or permission of Department or Division.
It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29407
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Class Started

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29407 must also register for .
29411
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Class Started

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29411 must also register for .
PHY112 General Physics II 4 Credits
Includes electricity, electromagnetism, and modern physics.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PHY111.
It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Click here for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
31072
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Class Started

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 31072 must also register for .
31073
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Class Started

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 31073 must also register for .

Spring 2023

PHY111 General Physics I 4 Credits
Includes motion, energy, and properties of matter.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT182 or MAT187 or MAT220 or MAT221 or eligibility for MAT220 as indicated by appropriate placement or one year high school Trigonometry with a grade of C or better or permission of Department or Division.
It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29225
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open

5 of 24
Seats Available

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29225 must also register for .
29221
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWeFr
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Open

7 of 24
Seats Available

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29221 must also register for .
29226
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

5 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29226 must also register for .
29222
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lab
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWeFr
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Open

7 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29222 must also register for .
PHY112 General Physics II 4 Credits
Includes electricity, electromagnetism, and modern physics.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PHY111.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29229
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWeFr
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Open

14 of 24
Seats Available

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29229 must also register for .
29230
Dobson Campus
PS107 - Astronomy/Physics Lab
In Person
Lab
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWeFr
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Open

14 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29230 must also register for .

Degrees & Awards

Bachelor's of Science- Physics

Master's of Science- Physics

Doctorate of Education- Physics

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