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Physics (PHYS)

 

100 Astronomy (4) Includes a brief history of astronomy, the study of the motions and structures of the Earth, the moon, the sun, planets, stars and galaxies and consideration of cosmological theories. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Offered as staffing allows. Does not count toward a physics minor.

 

107 General Physics (4) Designed for students majoring in the humanities, education, medical sciences, or biological sciences. Not open to students with a major in Chemistry or Mathematics. Prerequisite: high school algebra. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F06, F07

 

108 General Physics (4) Continuation of PHYS 107. Prerequisite: C- or better in PHYS 107 or consent of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S07, S08

 

160 Physical Science (4) Laboratory-oriented course covering basic concepts of Physics and Chemistry. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) S07, S08

 

201 General Physics (5) Mechanics and heat. Prerequisite: MATH 240. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.) F06, F07

 

202 General Physics (5) Electro-magnetism, light and sound. Prerequisites: PHYS 201 and MATH 241. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.) S07, S08

 

205 Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics I (1) Supplemental to introductory non-calculus based PHYS 107. Covers calculus applications normally covered in the calculus-based course PHYS 201. Students who have taken PHYS 107 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher-level courses which have calculus-based physics as a prerequisite. Prerequisites: PHYS 107; prerequisite or corequisite MATH 240 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

206 Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics II (1) Supplemental to introductory non-calculus based PHYS 108. Covers the calculus applications normally covered in the calculus-based course PHYS 202. Students who have taken PHYS 108 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher-level courses which have calculus-based physics as a pre-requisite. Prerequisites: PHYS 108; prerequisite or corequisite, MATH 241 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

281 Selected Topics (1-6) May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topics(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: At least one semester of physics. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

300 History and Philosophy of Science (3) Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, political and ideological uses of science, and moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Does not count toward a physics minor. Cross-listed as PHIL 300.

 

303 Statics (3) Study of force systems in two and three dimensions. Composition and resolution of forces and force systems, principles of equilibrium applied to various bodies, simple structures, friction, centroids and moments of inertia. Vector algebra is used where appropriate. Prerequisite: PHYS 201. (Lecture three hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

304 Dynamics (3) Principles of dynamics treating the motion of a particle, the kinematics and kinetics of plane motion of rigid bodies, and principles of work and energy, impulse, and momentum. Requires use of vector methods. Prerequisites: MATH 241 and PHYS 303. (Lecture three hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

311 Mechanics (4) Classical mechanics, mathematical techniques using vector calculus, conservation laws and their relation to symmetry principles, rigid body dynamics, accelerated coordinate systems, and introduction to the generalized coordinate formalisms of LaGrange and Hamiltion. Prerequisites: PHYS 202 or 206. (Lecture four hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

321 Electrical Circuits and Electronics (4) Analog and digital circuits, including AC circuits, resonance, filters, the use of transistors in switching and amplifiers, operational amplifiers, logic, memory, mircoprocessors and computer architecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 202, PHYS 108 or permission of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

325 Wave Motion and Optics (3) Wave phenomena with specific applications to plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, guided waves and the process of radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. (Lecture three hours.) Offered on sufficient demand.

 

339 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3) General principles and problems of teaching science in the secondary schools. Emphasis on organizing activities for teaching, materials, resources, current methodology, and participation in the classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. Does not count toward physics minor. (Lecture three hours) Cross-listed as BIOL/CHEM 339.

 

375 Physics Laboratory (1) Experiments selected to give experiences in both concepts and techniques such as mechanics or e/m. Specialized laboratory work dealing with a restricted area of physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. (Laboratory two hours.) Offered on sufficient demand. 

 

381 Intermediate Topics (1-6) May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topic(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: PHYS 202 or 206. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered upon sufficient demand. 

 

398 Physics Tutorial Project (1-4) Tutoring students in 100-level physics courses under supervision of a Physics staff member. Prerequisite: PHYS 108 or 202. (Three hours per week per credit.) May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on sufficient demand.

 

448 Atomic and Quantum Physics (3) Introduction to quantum mechanics, treating the more advanced topics of atomic physics, including the application of quantum mechanics to atomic problems. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. (Lecture two hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

 

481 Special Topics (1-6) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Physics selected by the faculty on the basis of community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on sufficient demand. Instructor consent required.