Physics Courses

 

PHYS101 Matter & Energy
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the underlying physical principles of energy generation and consumption and their implications nationally and globally.  Topics include the atomic and subatomic structure of matter, forms of energy, energy conservation, thermodynamics, heat engines, electromagnetic induction, radioactivity, nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion, solar radiation, solar collectors, gravitational force, and tidal power.  Students will develop through using scientific inquiry methods including conceptual understanding, laboratory exercises, and activities developing the skills for quantitative evaluation of processes.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PHYS102 The Mechanical Universe

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces what is traditionally called Newtonian Mechanics including one- and two-dimensional motion, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, and circular and simple harmonic motion. The course employs a laboratory-first, inquiry-oriented format that places emphasis on the investigation of problems in the physical world with the results of investigations being used to drive further instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS105 Engineering Graphics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Use and care of drawing instruments; proper weights and types of lines for clear-cut, and complete graphics representation; useful geometrical construction; lettering; freehand sketching, orthographic projection; auxiliary and sectional views; pictorial representation with emphasis on isometric drawing; dimensioning; true lengths and shapes. Emphasis on practical application and development of the ability to think in three dimensions. (Prior to fall 2005, course was 2.0 sh)

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS108 Galileo:  The Father of Experimental Science (3.0 sh)

An introduction to physical science concepts, their applications, and the nature of science through an examination of the life and work of Galileo to be taught in Italy, during the summer.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None 


 

PHYS110 How Things Work

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to a current understanding of the physical universe in terms of fundamental principles of physics.  Basic concepts are studied and related to common phenomena and applications found in everyday life as well as more exotic phenomena one may come across in the news or popular-science media.  The lecture will make frequent use of experimental equipment and commercial devices in demonstrations of physical principles.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS130 Physics 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An algebra-based introduction to mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves.

Prerequisite: ( MATH113 ) OR ( MATH141 ) OR ( MATH142 ) OR ( MATH243 ) OR ( MATH244 ) OR ( MATH135 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS131 Physics 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An algebra-based introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS130 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS135 Meteorology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to meteorology through the systematic study of the atmosphere including composition and structure.  It will analyze the laws and underlying principles of the atmospheric change and motion.  The course will focus on the origin and development of weather features and their significance in weather forecasting.  It includes a study of global weather patterns, climate systems and climate change.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS140 Astronomy of the Solar System
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
An introduction to the methods and discoveries of astronomy focusing on the solar system.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS145 Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the methods and discoveries of astronomy focusing on stars, galaxies and cosmology.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PHYS170 Intermediate General Physics 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An introduction to motion, sound, and heat employing the methods of calculus and vector analysis. Co-requisite: MATH141.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   (MATH141 )


 

PHYS171 Intermediate General Physics 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An introduction to Electricity, Magnetism and Optics employing the methods of calculus and vector analysis.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS170 )

Corequisite:   (MATH142 )


 

PHYS250 Heat

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An intermediate course in heat. More intensive development of basic concepts and principles in the study of the properties of gases and in thermodynamics. Temperature measurements, expansivity, specific heats, thermal conductivity of solids and liquids, thermal properties of gases, changes of phase, and heat engines.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS130 ) OR ( PHYS170 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS290 Electronics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Introduces the analysis of linear electric circuits including nodal and mesh analysis, network theorems and their applications for direct-current circuits, transient circuits, and AC steady state analysis. Uses linear algebra, differential equations, and complex variables for circuit analysis. Incorporates the concept of building linear models for electronic components for the case of operational amplifiers and diodes. Develops practical skills for circuit simulation using computer software, assembling electronic circuits, and performing basic electrical measurements.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS310 Physics Lab Development & Supervision

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]

Supervised experience in development and supervision of physics laboratory activities. Will include opportunity to design, develop, and construct laboratory and demonstration apparatus in physics, and to conduct laboratory classes under direct supervision of a physics faculty member. Offered by individualized instruction.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS314 Atomic & Nuclear Physics w/o Lab

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to modern physics: atomic structure and spectra, radiation, wave and particle aspects of matter, quantum theory, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, nuclear structure, elementary particles.   Does not include a laboratory.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS315 Modern Physics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4sh ]
An introduction to modern physics: atomic structure and spectra, radiation, wave and particle aspects of matter, quantum theory, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, nuclear structure, elementary particles.

Prerequisite: ( MATH243 AND PHYS131 ) OR ( MATH243 AND PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS325 Optics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]
An intermediate course in optics. Geometrical and physical optics, reflection and refraction at surfaces, lenses, interference and diffraction, elementary spectroscopy and polarization of light. Applications to the study of optical instruments.

Prerequisite: ( MATH243 AND PHYS131 ) OR ( MATH243 AND PHYS171 )

Corequisite: None


 

PHYS328 Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of how scientists search for knowledge and try to gain an understanding of natural phenomena. This course also explores the interplay between science, technology, and other human activities locally and globally. Topics will be chosen based on the interest and expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS330 Mechanics 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An intermediate course in Newtonian mechanics with emphasis on mathematical principles and methods. Topics include vector calculus, statics, dynamics, momentum and energy conservation, oscillations, central force motion, and two dimensional rigid body dynamics.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS331 Mechanics 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Continuation of Mechanics with an emphasis on the variational methods of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. Topics include generalized coordinates, symmetries, central forces, Euler's equations, normalized coordinates, strings and vibrations, and mechanics of rigid bodies in three dimensions.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS330 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS345 Mathematical Methods of Physics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]

An introduction to the mathematical techniques of theoretical physics. Topics will include the partial differential equations and boundary value problems associated with wave motion, the diffusion of heat and quantum mechanical probability, and electromagnetic potentials and fields.

Prerequisite: ( MATH211 AND MATH301 AND PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS350 Quantum Mechanics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An advanced undergraduate level introduction into the principles, formalism and results of quantum mechanics including historical background, Schroedinger equations, particle in box, harmonic oscillator, one dimensional crystals, hydrogen atom, angular momentum, light and introduction to perturbation theory.

Prerequisite: ( MATH244 AND PHYS315 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS370 Electricity & Magnetism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An intermediate course in electricity and magnetism focusing on Maxwell's equations and their properties. The course will concentrate on the concepts associated with electromagnetic fields and will introduce the mathematics used for their description.

Prerequisite: ( MATH142 AND PHYS171 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS371 Electrodynamics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
An exploration of electricity and magnetism that emphasizes fields within materials, electromagnetic radiation, and methods of solving static and dynamical problems.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS391 Problems in Physics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]
Independent study and research under the direction of the Physics staff. For advanced students, who may register for the course more than once. Each semester.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PHYS431 Advanced Physics Laboratory

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A project-based investigation of experimental physics drawn from an undergraduate foundation in physics including areas of current research.  Sophisticated experimental methods and analysis will be used, with emphasis on independence and individual initiative in the planning, execution, and presentation of research.

Prerequisite: ( PHYS315 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS458 Advanced Applied Nanotechnology Laboratory

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Laboratory experience drawn from an undergraduate foundation in sciences including areas of current research in nanotechnology. Experimental methods and analysis are used, with emphasis on group and individual work in the planning, execution, and presentation of research. Students may repeat for credit.

Prerequisite: ( PHAP206 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHYS628 Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This seminar explores various topics in the physical sciences with an emphasis on physics. Students are expected to research and develop knowledge on subjects discussed in the seminar, where the expertise of the instructor is used to explain and interpret the more technical aspects. Students will participate in class discussions using a knowledge base formed in part by class assignments. Students will give presentations to the class. Specific topic selection is based upon the expertise and interest of the designated science faculty. Examples include: Biographies of 20th Century Physicists, Science in the 20th Century, Pseudoscience, Science and Science Fiction, and Popularization of Science.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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