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PHYS 101 - General Physics I

An introduction to the basic concepts of mechanics. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. Fulfills General Education Goal 6.

PHYS 102 - General Physics II

A study of heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 101. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 103 - Conceptual Physics

A survey of basic physics principles taught from a conceptual basis. A broad survey of physics will be demonstrated in this course with such topics as mechanics, fluids, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. The course will apply basic physics principles to our daily lives. 3 lectures and one 2 hour lab period. 4 credits. Fulfills General Education Goal 6.

PHYS 105 - General Astronomy

A broad survey of modern astronomy, emphasizing the concepts, methods, and technology used by professional astronomers to answer fundamental questions about the universe. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. Fulfills General Education Goal 6.

PHYS 201 - University Physics I

Similar to PHYS 101, but with the calculus used throughout. Physics majors and minors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced physics courses. 3 lecture and one 2- hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 202 - University Physics II

Similar to PHYS 102, but with the calculus used throughout. Prerequisite: PHYS 201. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. Physics majors and minors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced physics courses. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. (Students completing PHYS 202 are exempt from General Education Goal 6).

PHYS 252 - Statics

The study of vector methods and free body diagrams employed in the analysis of discrete and distributed force systems and their application to bodies in external equilibrium. Prerequisite or coerequisite: MATH 261

PHYS 260 - Introduction to Experimental Design

This intermediate-level laboratory course involves the study of experimental design and measurement techniques, data reduction and analysis methods, and oral and written presentation skills. Experiments will vary with availability of equipment and technologies. Prerequisites: PHYS 202. 2 credits. SP and WR.

PHYS 292 - Internship in Physics

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics. 1-18 credits.

PHYS 295 - Special Topics in Physics

Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered periodically. 1-4 credits.

PHYS 305 - Physics Seminar

This course is designed to instruct students in speaking, reading, and searching the physics literature in order to prepare for future endeavors in the physics, engineering, and science related fields. There will be a major emphasis placed on public speaking specifically related to current physics topics. Students must have at least junior status to enroll in this course or permission of instructor. 1 credit. SP and WR.

PHYS 311, 312 - Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in physics. 1-18 credits.

PHYS 321 - Modern Physics

A survey of modern developments in electron, atomic, and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 102, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 261 or MATH 260. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

PHYS 322 - Nuclear and Particle Physics

A continuation of PHYS 321. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202, 321. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 324 - Thermodynamics

A study of thermal properties of matter; phenomena involved in flow of heat and performance of work. Kinetic theory and statistical mechanics are included. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. 4 lecture periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 326 - Optics

A study of the nature and behavior of light and other electro-magnetic radiation. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202, MATH 261. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 331 - AC/DC Circuits

This course is an introduction to electrical circuit theory and its application to practical direct and alternating current circuits. Topics include: Kirshhoff's laws, fundamental principles of network theorems, transient and steady-state response of RC, RL, and RCL circuits by classical methods, time-domain and frequency-domain relationships, phasor analysis and power. Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 260 or 261. Three lectures and one two hour lab periods. 4 credits.

 
 

PHYS 332 - Classical Electricity and Magnetism

A study of electric and magnetic fields, potentials, resistance, inductance, and capacitance, polarization, magnetic materials, Maxwell's equations. Prerequisite: MATH 361, PHYS 102 or PHYS 202. 4 lecture periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 341 - Electronics

This course covers the analysis, modeling and design of electrical circuits which contain electronic devices. Topics include: behavior of devices such as p-n junction diodes, field effect transistors and bipolar junction transistors, operational amplifiers, digital systems and data acquisition and conversion. Electronics design via a systems approach is emphasized. Students will learn to design analog circuits to specifications through laboratory problems, a design project and circuit simulation. Prerequisites: PHYS 331. 3 lectures and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 342 - Electronics and Circuit Theory

An introduction to electric circuits that includes Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits and phasors, and an introduction to electronics that includes DC and A.C. analysis and synthesis of transistor amplifier circuits, OP amps, and elementary logic circuits. Prerequisite: PHYS 102 or PHYS 202 and MATH 261. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 352 - Mechanics

A mathematical study of motion using Newtonian and Lagrangian techniques. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 362. 4 lecture periods. 4 credits.

PHYS 390 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits. PHYS 392. Internship in Physics. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics. 1-18 credits.

PHYS 392. Intership in Physics.

A semester-long, on-th-job learning experience designed to apply principles of physics. 1 - 18 credits

PHYS 400 - Unifying Principles of Physics

A course that unified the topics covered in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics by studying the principles that shape our understanding of the universe, the major contributions to physics will be revisited by examining multi-topic problems. Open only to junior and senior physics majors and minors. Prerequisites: PHYS 332, PHYS 352, PHYS 324, PHYS 401 or by permission of instructor. 3 lecture and one 2 hour laboratory periods. 4 credits. SP

PHYS 401 - Quantum Mechanics

A study of elementary quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 202, MATH 262 or 267; or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

PHYS 460. Advanced Experimental Design.

This advanced-level laboratory course is a study of experimental design, and measurement techniques, data reduction and analysis methods, and oral and written presentation skills. The course is a continuation of PHYS 260 with more advanced and technically challenging laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: PHYS 260. 1 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 2 credits. SP and WR.

PHYS 490 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated. 1-18 credits. Fulfills General Education Goal 14.

PHYS 492 - Internship in Physics

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics. Enrollment in the course is based on permission of the Director of Physics and Dual-degree Engineering Programs and the coordinator at the internship location, and is subject to availability. Prerequisites: 1-15 credits. WR.

PHYS 495 - Special Topics in Physics

Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered periodically. 1-4 credits.

PHYS 496 - Research Projects in Physics

Students will carry out research projects under individual supervision of an instructor. The nature of the project will depend on the interest and needs of the student. Consent of instructor and approval of department head is prerequisite for enrollment. May be repeated. 1-4 credits. SP. Fulfills General Education Goal 14.

PHYS 498 - Honors Research in Physics

Students conduct research in physics under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits. WR