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Course Descriptions

PHYS 0090 – Explorations in Physics (3 credits)

A conceptual introduction to the science of physics as an intellectual endeavor and as a practical basis for understanding the natural and technological world around us.  After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for Introduction to Physics I (PHYS0100) or any higher numbered physics course, a student may not enroll in or receive credit (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course.

PHYS 0093 – Science, Technology, and Society (3 credits)

A study of technology in our world, including the science behind it, its impact on society, and issues arising in regard to its development.  After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for Introduction to Physics I (PHYS0100) or any higher numbered physics course, a student may not enroll in or receive credit (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course.

PHYS 0095 – Selected Topics For Allied Health (1 credit)

This introductory course will consist of integrated lecture and lab experiences in selected physics topics for students in the Allied Health professions.

PHYS 0140 – Introduction to Physics 1 (4 credits)

First semester of non-calculus-based introductory physics. Topics include mechanics, conservation laws, vibrations, waves, and fluid mechanics. Students must be proficient in college algebra and trigonometry.

PHYS 0141 – Experimental Physics 1 (1 credit)

A laboratory illustrating basic experimental techniques and concepts from mechanics, vibrations, waves, and fluids.

PHYS 0142 – Introduction to Physics 2 (4 credits)

Second semester of non-calculus-based introductory physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

PHYS 0143 – Experimental Physics 2 (1 credit)

A laboratory illustrating basic concepts from thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

PHYS 0150 – Physics 1 (4 credits)

First semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include mechanics, conservation laws, fluid mechanics, vibrations, waves, and sound. The CO-requisite is Math 0221.

PHYS 0151 – Physics Laboratory 1 (1 credit)

A laboratory illustrating basic experimental techniques and concepts from mechanics, vibrations, waves, and fluids. CO-requisite is PHYS 0150.

PHYS 0152 – Physics 2 (4 credits)

Second semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, wave optics, and an introduction to relativity and quantum concepts. The CO-requisite is Math 0231.

PHYS 0153 – Physics Laboratory 2 (1 credit)

A laboratory illustrating concepts from electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and nuclear physics. CO-requisite is PHYS 0152.

PHYS 0400 – Classical Mechanics (3 credits)

Kinematics and dynamics of point masses with various force laws; central forces, including planetary and satellite motion; conservation laws; systems of particles; accelerating coordinate systems; rigid body motions; topics from Lagrange's formulations of mechanics; Einstein's special relativity and how it modifies Newtonian mechanics. Prerequisite: one year each of college physics and calculus.

PHYS 0450 – Electromagnetism and Optics (3 credits)

Begins with a rigorous development of fundamental concepts in electromagnetism, including static electric and magnetic fields, electric potential, capacitance, charged particle motion, and induced emf. Further topics: Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, wave optics, ray optics, optical instruments. one year each of college physics and calculus.

PHYS 0480 - Astrophysics (3 credits)

The application of physics to understanding stars, galaxies, and the universe at large. Topics include the blackbody radiation laws, radiative heat transfer, gravitational statics and dynamics, ionized gases, and relativistic effects. Prerequisite: one year each of college physics and calculus.

PHYS 1111 – Special Topics (1 to 4 credits)

Designed to allow students and faculty to pursue areas of special interest not included in the regular course offerings.

 

 

PHYS 1300 – Quantum Physics (3 credits)

Breakdown of classical physics, photons and De Broglie waves, Schroedinger’s equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, atomic physics, molecular bonding and spectra, concepts of statistical mechanics, blackbody radiation, lasers, and solid state physics with emphasis on semiconductors. Prerequisite: one year each of college physics and calculus.

Last Reviewed: May 12, 2008