Physics

Professors

Danielle Morel, Chair

Charles Fay

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PHYS 100 : Conceptual Physics

Exploration of physical concepts, social and philosophical implications, utility and limitations of physics for solution of problems in the modern world. Not intended for potential science majors. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Natural World.Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

Semester Hours

4

PHYS 101 : Astronomy

General introduction to the theories and techniques of astronomy. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Natural World.Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

Semester Hours

4

PHYS 110 : College Physics I

Introductory two-semester sequence to the fields of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. This sequence is not suitable for the physics major or minor, nor the chemistry or biology majors. Pre-requisite: MATH 121 or higher. PHYS 110 is a prerequisite for PHYS 111. Six laboratory/discussion hours.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

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PHYS 111 : College Physics II

Introductory two-semester sequence to the fields of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. This sequence is not suitable for the physics major or minor, nor the chemistry or biology majors. Pre-requisite: MATH 121 or higher. PHYS 110 is a prerequisite for PHYS 111. Six laboratory/discussion hours.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

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PHYS 121 : Introduction to Engineering Science

Students will be introduced to engineering fundamentals and will be prepared for success through integration of problem solving and engineering design, ethical decision-making, teamwork, and communicating to diverse audiences. Students will be introduced to the different types of engineering, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

Mathematics 123 or equivalent.

PHYS 201 : General Physics I

Introduction to mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Workshop format, providing a background in basic physics for all science majors, including those interested in the health sciences. 201 satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Natural World. Pre/corequisite: Mathematics 151. Six laboratory/discussion hours.

Semester Hours

4

PHYS 202 : General Physics II

Introduction to mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Workshop format, providing a background in basic physics for all science majors, including those interested in the health sciences. 201 satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Natural World. Pre/corequisite: Mathematics 151. Six laboratory/discussion hours.

Semester Hours

4

PHYS 285 : Research Experience in Physics

Hands-on research experience through assistance in faculty research or approved student-proposed projects.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

202 and permission of the faculty member directing the project.

PHYS 311 : Modern Physics

Introduction to atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, and the theory of relativity. Laboratory experiments which form the foundation of the modern view of the physical world.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

202 and Mathematics 151, or departmental permission.

PHYS 321 : Intermediate Mechanics

Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies with extensive use of vector calculus; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

202 and Mathematics 253.

PHYS 350 : Special Topics

Selected topics in physics chosen by the instructor in response to student needs and interests.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

202 and permission of instructor.

PHYS 355 : Mathematical Methods for Phys. Science I

This course introduces some of the mathematical tools required for upper-level physics courses. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the equations that appear repeatedly in many different areas of physics and understanding their solutions. Topics include ordinary differential equations of first & second order, series solution of differential equations, vector analysis, Fourier series, partial differential equations, boundary value problems, and integral transforms.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

Mathematics 253.

PHYS 361 : Electronic Instrumentation

Study of circuits used in scientific instrumentation; emphasis on electrical measurements, digital electronics, and analog circuits; characteristics of transducers and detectors. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

202 and Mathematics 151, or departmental permission.

PHYS 411 : Electromagnetic Theory

Systematic study of electromagnetic phenomena with extensive use of vector calculus and Maxwell's equations.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

202 and Mathematics 253.

PHYS 421 : Quantum Mechanics

Methods of quantum mechanics including development of Schroedinger equation, its solutions for certain cases, and applications to atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

311, 321, 411, and Mathematics 353.

PHYS 440 : Astrophysics

Mathematical treatment of modern astrophysics. Astronomical instruments, solar system, stars, interstellar matter, galaxies, quasars, pulsars, cosmology, and astrophotography.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

202 or departmental permission.

PHYS 450 : Senior Seminar

Study of current topics in physics based on survey of primary literature. Focus on oral communication through scientific presentations and small-group discussions. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

311.

PHYS 451 : Advanced Laboratory

Laboratory study of various topics selected from the current literature, including nonlinear dynamics, optics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. This course satisfies the proficiency requirements for Oral Communication and Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

311.

PHYS 455X : Mathematics of the Physical Science

Series solutions of differential equations, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, and functions of a complex variable with emphasis on application to physical systems.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

353 and Physics 202, or departmental permission.

PHYS 470 : Internship I

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

junior or senior status; permission of department; and completion of 201, 202, 311, and other courses appropriate to the desired work experience.

PHYS 471 : Internship II

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

junior or senior status; permission of department; and completion of 201, 202, 311, and other courses appropriate to the desired work experience.

PHYS 490 : Honors Thesis I

Independent research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.