**Physics (PHYS)**

**111 Concepts and Problem Solving in Physics (3 - As Needed)** 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/Coreq: MATH 140.

**150 Concepts and Demonstrations in Physics (4 - Fall & Spring)** 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.

**211-212 College Physics (3, 3 - Fall, Spring)** 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 - Fall & Spring)** 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 - Fall & Spring)** 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.

**322 University Physics (3 - Fall, As Needed)** A continuation of the calculus-based
introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include: fluids, waves,
thermodynamics, and optics. Prereq: PHYS 221.

**323 University Physics (3 - Spring, As Needed)** 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 322 or consent of instructor.

**331-332 (531-532) Mechanics (3, 3 - As Needed) **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.

**343 Methods in Physics Research (3 - As Needed)** An introduction to experimental
and theoretical methods in physics research. Topics include: instrumentation,
data acquisition and analysis, and mathematical and computational methods.
Prereq: PHYS 221.

**441-442 (641-642) Electricity and Magnetism (3, 3 - As Needed)** 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 - As Needed) **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 - As Needed)** Research
projects or special topics under the active supervision of a faculty member.
Prereq: Junior standing and faculty approval.