Academic Catalog

Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 101  - General Physics w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

An introductory course focused on the fundamentals of physics. Primarily for non- science majors. Emphasis is on building concepts and applying principles to make quantitative measurements. Among the topics covered are classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and the rudiments of modern physics. Facility with algebra and trigonometry is required. Laboratory. Only in sequence. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 102  - General Physics w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 101 for PHYS 102. An introductory course focused on the fundamentals of physics. Primarily for the non- science majors. Emphasis is on building concepts and applying principles to make quantitative measurements. Among the topics covered are classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and the rudiments of modern physics. Facility with algebra and trigonometry is required. Laboratory. Only in sequence. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 103A  - Elementary Astronomy w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Historical introduction, description of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole, and their properties, together with the rudiments of physics underlying these subjects.

PHYS 104  - Elementary Astronomy  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 103A. A continuation of introductory astronomy emphasizing the study of stars and stellar evolution, quasars and galaxies. The cosmology of the universe for non-science majors starts with detailed descriptions of our Sun and ends with the search for dark energy, dark matter and the accelerating universe. Recent developments covered.

PHYS 105  - University Physics, w/lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 105 for PHYS 106. Corequisites: MATH 121 for PHYS 105 and MATH 122 for PHYS 106. Calculus based introductory course primarily for science students. Topics covered: classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and some modern physics. Laboratory. Only in sequence. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 106  - University Physics w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 105 for PHYS 106. Corequisites: MATH 121 for PHYS 105 and MATH 122 for PHYS 106. Calculus based introductory course primarily for science students. Topics covered: classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and some modern physics. Laboratory. Only in sequence. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 108  - General Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 101. An introductory course covering the fundamentals of physics. Primarily for non-science majors. Emphasis on building concepts and applying principles. Topics discussed: classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism, optics, and special relativity. Facility with algebra and trigonometry is required. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 110  - University Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 105. Corequisite: MATH 122. Calculus-based introductory course primarily for science students. Topics covered: classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and some modern physics.. Credit for only one introductory physics sequence (101-102, 101-108, 103-104, 105-106 or 105-110) can be counted toward degree requirements.

PHYS 201  - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 106. Temperature, thermodynamic states and variables, the laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, change of phase, and the statistical properties of thermodynamic systems.

PHYS 210  - Nuclear Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisites: PHYS 106 and MATH 122. Topics include: nuclear structure- static and dyna mic properties of the nucleus- radioactive decay- the Bateman equation- mass parabolas- transition r ates- and particle acceleration.

PHYS 211  - Modern Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 106 and MATH 122; Covers development of 20th – 21st centuries physics – special relativity, introduction to quantum mechanics, wave particle duality, nuclear, atomic, molecular structure, and recent 21st century physics development.

PHYS 283  - Electronics w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 106 and MATH 122. Basic DC and AC circuit theory, network filters, power supplies, non-linear devices and basic digital circuit theory; experiments using linear and non-linear elements. Laboratory.

PHYS 292  - Optics w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites PHYS 106 and MATH 122. Introduction to topics in geometrical and physical optics: reflection, refraction, superposition, interference, diffraction, polarization, laser systems, and holography. Laboratory.

PHYS 317  - Methods of Mathematical Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisites: PHYS 106 and MATH 122; Recommended: MATH 224A; or permission of the instructor. Development of methodologies needed to study advanced physics: vectors and matrix algebra, vector calculus, differential equations, orthogonal functions, complex numbers, Fourier series, probability distributions, and numerical methods.

PHYS 320  - Classical Mechanics I w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites: PHYS 211 and PHYS 317. Recommended: MATH 224A and MATH 312. General kinematics and dynamics of single particles and systems of particles in three dimensions, harmonic motion, central forces, conservation laws, Lagrange and Hamiltonian mechanics. Laboratory.

PHYS 330  - Electricity and Magnetism I w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites: PHYS 211 and PHYS 317. Recommended: MATH 224 and MATH 312. Development of electric and magnetic static properties in vacuum and matter, electrodynamics and Maxwell’s equations. Laboratory.

PHYS 384  - Advanced Physics Laboratory  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Recommended: PHYS 292. Experiments relevant to 20th century physics: electron's charge and mass, charge quantization, atomic spectra, microwave properties, speed of light, intensity and attenuation of radiation.

PHYS 410  - Quantum Mechanics I w/Lab  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites: PHYS 211 and PHYS 317. Recommended: MATH 224 and MATH 312. Introduction to basic principles of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: wave packets, uncertainty principle, wave functions, Schrodinger equation, harmonic oscillator and hydrogen atom. Laboratory.

PHYS 471  - Selected Topics in Physics  (1-3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor Specialized topics in physics not offered on a regular basis, such as particle physics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, general relativity advanced classical physics and advanced quantum physics.

PHYS 472  - Solid State Physics  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Introduces the physics of solids--crystal structure, Fermi surfaces and metallic behavior, phonos, and exitons, electrical, optical and magnetic behavior of materials, semiconductors, and effect of defects on material properties.

PHYS 482  - Physics Seminar  (2 Credits)  

A capstone course for senior physics majors only, except by permission of department. Students conduct research and give oral presentations on selected topics in physics.

PHYS 491  - Individual Study   (1-4 Credits)  

Open to junior and senior physics majors. Four credits when taken for Honors in Physics.

PHYS 492  - Individual Study   (1-4 Credits)  

Open to junior and senior physics majors. Four credits when taken for Honors in Physics.

PHYS 499  - Internship   (1-12 Credits)  

Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with the department.