**Physics (PHYS)**

**111 Concepts and Problem Solving in Physics (3)** A
course stressing introductory concepts and problem solving
techniques in physics. Intended for students who have not had
high school physics. May not be taken for credit by a student who
has successfully completed a higher numbered course in Physics.
Prereq/Co-req: MATH 140.

**150 Concepts and Demonstrations in Physics (4)** A first
course in physics for students with no previous background in
physics and not requiring a higher level of physics in their
curriculum. The course stresses fundamental physics concepts with
demonstration experiments and activities. The course is taught
with an integrated laboratory and lecture.

**201-202 Physical Measurements (1, 1)** An introduction to
the principles of physical measurements, data analysis, and the
presentation of results. Includes Iectures, data-taking in “open
laboratory” and computer analysis of data. Systematic and
random errors, instrument uncertainties, error analysis, graph
plotting, slope and intercept calculations, linear least squares
analysis, and error propagation. *Must be taken in sequence.
PHYS 201 should be taken concurrently with PHYS 211.*

**211-212 College Physics (3, 3)** A non-calculus
introduction to the basic principles of physics. 211: mechanics,
elasticity, fluids, wave motion, sound, and heat. 212:
electricity, magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. *Must
be taken in sequence. *Prereq: MATH 140 or equivalent.

**220 University Physics (4)** A calculus-based
introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include
mechanics, elasticity, oscillatory motion, wave motion, sound,
fluids and thermodynamics.Three hours of lecture and two hours of
laboratory. Prereq: MATH 251.

**221 University Physics (4)** A continuation of the
calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics.
Topics include: electricity, magnetism, basic circuits,
geometrical optics and physical optics. Three hours of lecture
and two hours of laboratory. Prereq: PHYS 220 and MATH 252.

**222 University Physics (3)** A continuation of the
calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics.
Topics include: relativity, radioactivity, nuclear structure,
basic quantum mechanics, atomic structure and solid state physics
with applications to lasers and semiconductors, and elementary
particles. Prereq: PHYS 221 or consent of instructor.

**311 (511) Optics (3)** Geometric Optics: Ray diagrams and
analytic methods applied to reflection and refraction at plane or
spherical surfaces, aberrations, stops, lens design, and optical
instruments (including the eye). Physical optics: wave theory,
absorption, transmission, dispersion, interference, diffraction,
and polarization. Prereq: PHYS 212 or PHYS 222.

**331-332 (531-532) Mechanics (3, 3) **Kinematics and
dynamics of point particles and rigid bodies. 331: vector
calculus applied to motion of point particles including orbits,
harmonic motion, motion of constrained particle. 332: special
relativity (four-vectors), motion of rigid bodies, symmetric top,
physical pendulum, elastic solids. An introduction to Lagrangian
and Hamiltonian formulations. *Must be taken in sequence*.
Prereq: PHYS 220 or PHYS 211 and instructor’s approval.

**441-442 (641-642) Electricity and Magnetism (3, 3)** 441:
a quantitative study of electric and magnetic fields and their
interaction with matter; culminates in the formulation of Maxwell’s
equations. 442: application of Maxwell’s equations to the
generation and propagation of electromagnetic waves through free
space and matter. *Must be taken in sequence. *Prereq: PHYS
221 or PHYS 212 and instructor’s approval.

**471-472 (671-672) Modern Physics (3, 3) **An introduction
to quantum mechanics with application to atomic structure, solid
state, and nuclear physics. *Must be taken in sequence*.
Prereq: PHYS 222 or PHYS 212 and instructor’s approval.

**491-492 (691-692) Special Projects in Physics (1-3,1-3)**
Research projects or special topics under the active supervision
of a faculty member. Prereq: Junior standing and faculty approval.