Physics and Astronomy Course Offerings

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Physics and Astronomy Course Offerings

UT-Martin offers several levels of physics courses and an introductory sequence in astronomy. These classes are designed to satisfy general education, pre-professional, engineering, or physics minor requirements.

 

Astronomy 201: Astronomy (4 credit hours): An introduction to astronomy with a laboratory to illustrate data collection and analysis in astronomy. Topics include: Theories of the solar system from models for ancient calendars to data from recent space probes; introduction to optics of the eye and telescope; other topics. One section offered every Fall semester.

 

Astronomy 202: Astronomy (4 credit hours): An introduction to astronomy with a laboratory to illustrate data collection and analysis in astronomy. Topics include: Evolution of the main sequence stars, neutron stars, black holes, structure of the galaxy, and theories of cosmology. One section offered every Spring semester.

 

Physics 101: Physics in Everyday Life (4 credit hours): A conceptual, inquiry-based course for students with non-science majors. This course examines familiar objects of everyday experience and leads to an understanding of phyiscal principles that make them work. Topics include motion, forces, energy, fluids, and waves. This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed a higher number course in physics. This course is taught with an integrated lab and lecture. Students should not attempt PHYS 101 unless the results of Mathematics testing indicate placement in a college-level mathematics course. One section is offered in the Fall semester.

 

Physics 102: Physics in Everyday Life (4 credit hours): A conceptual, inquiry-based course for students with non-science majors. This course examines familiar objects of everyday experience and leads to an understanding of phyiscal principles that make them work. Topics includelight, electricity, electromagnetism, and modern physics. This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed a higher number course in physics. This course is taught with an integrated lab and lecture. Students should not attempt PHYS 102 unless the results of Mathematics testing indicate placement in a college-level mathematics course. One section is offered in the Spring semester.

 

Physics 150: Concepts and Problem Solving in Physics (4 credit hours): 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. At least one section is offered every Fall and Spring semester.

 

Physics 211: College Physics (4 credit hours): An algebra-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics, waves, sound, and thermodynamics. This course has an associated laboratory. Two sections are offered in the Fall semester and one section is taught in the Spring semester every year. This course is usually taught during one summer session each year as well.

 

Physics 212: College Physics (4 credit hours): An algebra-based introduction to the basic principles of electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course has an associated laboratory. One section taught in the Fall semester and two sections taught in the Spring semester every year. This course is usually taught during one summer session each year as well.

 

Physics 220: University Physics (4 credit hours): A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include mechanics, elasticity, oscillatory motion, wave motion, sound, fluids, and thermodynamics. This course has an associated laboratory. At least one section of this course is offered every semester.

 

Physics 221: University Physics (4 credit hours): A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, basic circuits, geometrical optics, and physical options. This course has an associated laboratory. At least one section of this course is offered every semester.

 

Physics 322: University Physics (3 credit hours): A calculus-based continuation of the basic principles of physics; topics include fluids, waves, thermodynamics, and optics. Usually offered once a year.

 

Physics 323: University Physics (3 credit hours): A calculus-based continuation to the basic principles of modern 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. Usually offered once a year.

 

Physics 343: Methods in Physics Research (3 credit hours): An introduction to experimental methods, computational physics, and data acquisition. Taught once a year.

 

Physics 491-492: Special Projects in Physics (1 to 3 credit hours): A senior research on a project of student interest, approved by the faculty. The project can be in collaboration with physics faculty on their research, or inter-disciplinary research combining physics with the student's major field of study. Offered upon request and instructor's approval.

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