Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Physics

PHYS 0090 Explorations in Physics             

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 (PHYS 0140) or any higher numbered physics, a student may not enroll in or receive credit (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course. 3 credits

Physics

PHYS 0093 Science, Technology, and Society        

A study of technology in our world, including the science behind it, its impact on society, and issues arising in regard to its development and implementation. After receiving credit with a grade of "C" or higher for Introduction to Physics I (PHYS 0140) or any higher numbered physics, a student may not enroll in or receive credit (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course. 3 credits

PHYS 0140 Introduction to Physics I          

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. 4 credits

PHYS 0141 Introduction to Physics Laboratory I    

A laboratory illustrating basic experimental techniques and concepts from mechanics, vibrations, waves, and fluids. Corequisite: PHYS 0140. 1 credit

PHYS 0142 Introduction to Physics II         

Second semester of non-calculus-based introductory physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 0140. 4 credits

PHYS 0143 Experimental Physics II            

A laboratory illustrating basic concepts from electricity, thermodynamics, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: 0141; Corequisite: PHYS 0143. 1 credit

PHYS 0150 Physics I         

First semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include mechanics, conservation laws, fluid mechanics, vibrations, waves, and sound. Corequisite: MATH 0221. 4 credits

PHYS 0151 Physics Laboratory I  

A laboratory illustrating basic experimental techniques and basic concepts from mechanics, waves and fluids. Corequisite: PHYS 0150. 1 credit

PHYS 0152 Physics II       

Second semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, wave optics, and an introduction to relativity and quantum concepts.Prerequisite: PHYS 0150. Corequisite: MATH 0231. 4 credits

PHYS 0153 Physics Laboratory II 

A laboratory illustrating basic concepts in vibrations, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 0151; Corequisite: PHYS 0152. 1 credit

PHYS 0400 Classical Mechanics   

This course covers 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; and Einstein's special relativity and how it modifies Newtonian mechanics.Prerequisites: MATH 0231 and PHYS 0152. 3 credits

PHYS 0450 Electromagnetism and Optics

This intermediate course 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 include Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, wave optics, ray optics, and optical instruments. Prerequisites: MATH 0231 and PHYS 0152. 3 credits

PHYS 0480 Astrophysics 

This course covers the application of physics to understanding stars, galaxies, and the universe at large. It includes extensive discussion of the blackbody radiation laws, radiative transfer, gravitational statics and dynamics, and the properties of ionized gasses.Prerequisites: MATH 0231 and PHYS 0152. 3 credits

PHYS 1111 Special Topics             

Designed to allow students to pursue areas of special interest not included in the regular course offerings. 1-4 credits

PHYS 1300 Quantum Physics        

Breakdown of classical physics, photons and De Broglie waves, Schrodinger'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. Prerequisites: MATH 0231 and PHYS 0152. 3 credits

PHYS 1400 Advanced Laboratory

Students perform a variety of advanced experiments in physics. No Prerequisite. 1 credit