An introduction to concepts, and applications of physics through the lens of energy. This course deals with the science of national and global energy concerns. The laboratory introduces fundamental principles of scientific investigation via experimental exploration. This course is intended for students not majoring in science. (Three hours lecture and a two-hour laboratory). Prerequisite: None.
A study of stars and galaxies within the Universe from our Earth based perspective. Scientific techniques and the history of scientific observation are included in addition to the properties of light and gravity. This course is intended for students not majoring in science or mathematics. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: None.
An introduction to mechanics, and waves. This is the first semester of a two-part algebra-based physics sequence designed primarily for students in life-sciences (biology, and neuroscience), communications sciences and disorders, and environmental studies. (Three hours of lecture and two hours laboratory.) Prerequisite: MATH 103.
One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: PHYS 111.
An introduction to thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This is the second semester of a two-part algebra-based physics sequence designed primarily for students in life-sciences (biology, and neuroscience), communications sciences and disorders, and environmental studies. (Three hours of lecture per week and a two-hour laboratory.) Prerequisite: PHYS 111.
One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: PHYS 112.
An introduction to mechanics, and waves. This is the first semester of a two-part calculus-based physics sequence designed for students in science, math, and engineering. (Three hours of lecture and two hours laboratory.) Prerequisite: either MATH 131, MATH 132, or MATH 133. (High school physics strongly recommended)
One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: PHYS 121.
An introduction to thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This is the second semester of a two-part calculus-based physics sequence designed for students in science, math, and engineering. (Three hours of lecture per week and a two-hour laboratory.) Prerequisite: PHYS 121; and either MATH 132 or MATH 133.
One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: PHYS 122.
A study of material properties at the intersection of physics, chemistry and engineering. Materials such as polymers, ceramics, and metals will be explored. This physics elective is intended for students interested in science and engineering. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisites: PHYS 122 and CHEM 122.
A study of the scientific, mathematical, and ethical issues concerning topics from nuclear physics. Concepts in nuclear medicine, nuclear power and nuclear weapons are discussed in detail. This physics elective is intended for students interested in science and engineering. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisites: PHYS 122 and CHEM 122.
An introduction to the conceptual and mathematical foundations of elementary quantum physics, and the historical framework and methodology of twentieth century physics, including contributions of women scientists. Special relativity and atomic physics are also discussed. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: PHYS 112 or PHYS 122 and MATH 231.
Computational methods in physics are explored. This course covers computational topics in physics, primarily in astrophysics and nuclear physics/quantum mechanics. Offered in the spring on a three-year rotation. (Three hours laboratory). Prerequisite: PHYS 122.
Experimental methods in physics are explored. This course covers experimental topics primarily from modern physics and materials science. Offered in the spring on a three-year rotation. (Three hours laboratory). Prerequisite: PHYS 122.
Laboratory methods in physics are explored. This course covers experimental and computational topics related to wave mechanics. Offered in the spring on a three-year rotation. (Three hours laboratory). Prerequisite: PHYS 122.
This course will cover topics in classical mechanics including wave motion. The primary focus is the Lagrange formalism which is used to setup simple differential equations and solve for equations of motion. This course covers the same material as PHYS 323 but only lasts for the first third of the semester. This course is intended for students who are also required to take additional courses in mechanics. Typically offered fall of even-numbered years. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: PHYS 253.
A detailed study of classical mechanics including Newton’s laws, and conservation laws. Equations of motion are derived based on the Lagrange and Hamiltonian formalisms. Typically offered fall of even-numbered years. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: PHYS 253.
This course will cover topics in thermodynamics from a statistical mechanics viewpoint. Systems containing large numbers of particles will be analyzed using Boltzmann statistics. This course covers the same material as PHYS 343 but only lasts for the first third of the semester. This course is intended for students who are also required to take additional courses in Thermodynamics. Typically offered fall of odd-numbered years. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: PHYS 253.
A detailed study of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Systems containing large numbers of particles will be analyzed using Boltzmann statistics. The laws of thermodynamics will be introduced. Cyclic processes and other thermodynamic concepts will be developed. Typically offered fall of even-numbered years. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisite: PHYS 253.
A detailed physical and mathematical study of electricity and magnetism focusing on applications from vector calculus. Interactions between electric and magnetic fields are explored including the use of Maxwell’s equations. Typically offered fall of odd-numbered years. (Three hours lecture). Prerequisites: PHYS 253 and MATH 326.
Participation in original experimental or theoretical investigation in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. May be repeated.
Topics in Physics not covered in the regular department offerings and selected according to the interests of the students and the instructor. Offered according to student demand. (Two or three lectures per week) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.
Enables properly qualified students to carry out independent study under the guidance of an instructor. Content dependent on student need and interest. Elective with permission of the department chair. Generally graded S/U; may be letter graded. May be repeated with a different topic.
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