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PHYS1010 Introduction to Physical Science (3)

An interdisciplinary physical science course that covers the main educational topics in chemistry, physics, and earth science. This course is designed for elementary education majors but may be taken by any student for general education requirement. No prior knowledge of science is assumed.

PHYS1010L Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory (1)

An interdisciplinary physical science lab that provides hands-on experimentations in the main educational topics of chemistry, physics, and earth science. This lab is designed for elementary education majors but may be taken by any student for general education requirement. No prior knowledge of science is assumed. Corequisites: PHYS1010

PHYS1060 Descriptive Astronomy (3)

A descriptive study of modern astronomy for the general student with an emphasis on the structure and dynamics of stars, galaxies and the universe. The sun, planets and other objects in our local solar system will also be considered.

PHYS1060L Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (1)

A laboratory course taught in connection with PHYS1060. Observational and laboratory activities are included, some in the evenings. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS1060

PHYS1110 College Physics I (3)

A comprehensive non-calculus based approach to the fields of physics. Designed for students whose career goals are architecture, business, physical therapy, science education, and pre-medicine. Emphasis is placed on problem solving. Topics covered include mechanics, heat, thermodynamics and sound. Prerequisites: MATH1300, MATH1400, or pass the COMPASS math examination through trigonometry. Corequisites: PHYS1110L

PHYS1110L College Physics I Laboratory (1)

The laboratory uses the discovery approach to physical principles. The laboratory will cover basic labs in mechanics, wave motion and heat. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS1110

PHYS1120 College Physics II (3)

A comprehensive non-calculus based approach to the fields of physics. Designed for students whose career goals are architecture, business, physical therapy, science education, and pre-medicine. Emphasis is placed on problem solving. Topics covered include electricity and magnetism, light and optics and modern physics. Prerequisites: MATH1300, MATH1400, PHYS1110, or pass the COMPASS math examination through trigonometry. Corequisites: PHYS1120L

PHYS1120L College Physics II Laboratory (1)

The laboratory uses the discovery approach to physical principles. The laboratory will cover basic labs in electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS1120

PHYS2094 Topics in Physics (1-3)

A study in the field of physics not covered in other courses such as weather balloon launching, or conceptual physics. Prerequisites: May be repeated for credit., or instructor's approval.

PHYS2110 Physics for Science and Engineering I (3)

A comprehensive calculus based examination of the fields of physics. Designed for science students whose career goals are in engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine, and veterinary science. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena and fluid mechanics. Prerequisites: Corequisites: PHYS2110L

PHYS2110L Physics for Science and Engineering I Laboratory (1)

The laboratory uses the discovery approach to physical principles. Selected experiments from the fields of mechanics, wave motion and heat will be performed. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS2110

PHYS2120 Physics for Science and Engineering II (3)

A comprehensive calculus based examination of the fields of physics. Designed for science students whose career goals are in engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine and veterinary science. Topics covered include electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Prerequisites: MATH2510, MATH2520 Corequisites: PHYS2120L

PHYS2120L Physics for Science and Engineering II Laboratory (1)

A comprehensive calculus based examination of the fields of physics. Designed for science students whose career goals are in engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine and veterinary science. Topics covered include electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS2120

PHYS3094 Topics in Physics (1-3)

A concentrated study in a field of physics not covered in other courses such as low temperature physics, Mossbauer spectroscopy, elementary particles, relativity, and cosmology. Prerequisites: MATH3540, PHYS2120, May be repeated for credit.

PHYS3130 Modern Physics (3)

Basic ideas of quantum theory which led to the Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom, elementary quantum mechanics using Schroedinger's equation with applications to atoms, molecules, nuclei and elementary particles will be studied. Topics include: atomic and molecular spectra; ionic and covalent bonds; theory of alpha, beta and gamma decay, and quantum statistics of Bose and Fermi particles. Prerequisites: PHYS2120 Corequisites: PHYS3130L

PHYS3130L Modern Physics Laboratory (1)

This course is designed to provide students with experience in experimental research techniques used in modern physics. Emphasis is placed on experimental methods and procedures and the relationship among various observable quantities and data analysis. Experiments performed will include determining electron charge to mass ratio, lattice spacing determination using low-energy electron diffraction, nuclear decay rate measurements, spectroscopy, and others pertaining to topics covered in class. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PHYS3130

PHYS3410 Analytic Mechanics (3)

A vector calculus based examination of the laws of Gauss, Biot-Savart, Ampere and Faraday and the application of the equations of Laplace and Poisson to boundary valued problems. Maxwell's equations are introduced and used to investigate electromagnetic wave propagation in different media and radiation from antennas. Offered: Alternate years Corequisites: MATH3530, MATH3540, PHYS2110

PHYS4610 Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A vector calculus based examination of the laws of Gauss, Biot-Savart, Ampere and Faraday and the application of the equations of Laplace and Poisson to boundary valued problems. Maxwell's equations are introduced and used to investigate electromagnetic wave propagation in different media and radiation from antennas. Offered: Alternate years Corequisites: MATH3530, MATH3540, PHYS2120

PHYS4710 Optics (3)

Physical optics with emphasis on the application of the principles of interference, diffraction, and polarization; the study of lasers. Photometry and interferometry. Prerequisites: PHYS4610 or ENGR4250

PHYS4720 Solid State Physics (3)

An introduction to the physics of the solid state of matter. Topics include crystal structure, lattice vibrations and electronic band structure of crystals, electrical, optical, and thermal properties of solids, transport and other non-equilibrium phenomena in uniform and non-uniform solids. It is recommended that Modern Physics or Quantum Mechanics be taken before this course, or some general knowledge of solutions to Schrodinger’s Equation. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: MATH3530, MATH3540, PHYS3130

PHYS4810 Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics (3)

A beginning course in quantum mechanics which starts with the postulates and derives Schroedinger's equation from physical optics principles. Several simple systems are studied and the properties of eigen functions are used to introduce matrix methods and operator theory. Emphasis is placed on mathematical formalism with applications to atomic systems. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: MATH3540, PHYS2120

PHYS4970 Research (1)

Participation with a faculty member in an individual investigative project or literature review. Required of all physics and engineering physics majors. May be repeated for credit.

PHYS4980 Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)

Required of and limited to seniors. Involves a written and oral presentation of work completed in PHYS4970 or ENGR4970. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval