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.

 



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