PHYSICS/PHYSICAL SCIENCE (PHYS)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

PHYS 110 Astronomy 3(3-0)
Solar system, including motions of the planets, eclipses, and satellite exploration; classification and evolution of stars; clusters, nebulae, galaxies and the expanding universe. (F,S)

PHYS 110L Astronomy Lab 1(0-2)
Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 110. Corequisite: PHYS 110. (F,S)

PHYS 140 Light, Energy, and the Atom 3(3-0)
A non-mathematical approach to light, energy sources, conservation, atoms, nuclei and nuclear radiation. Emphasis on phenomena encountered in everyday life or that affect public policy. (F,S)

PHYS 140L Light, Energy and the Atom Lab 1(0-2)
Optional laboratory to accompany PHYS 140. Experiments in light, solar energy, atomic and nuclear physics with emphasis on qualitative understanding of observations. Corequisite: PHYS 140. (F)

PHYS 150 (CHEM 150) Elementary Concepts in Physics and Chemistry
4(3-2)

Hands-on standards-based approach to understanding basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Integrated lecture, lab and discussion periods. (F,S,SS)

PHYS 201 Principles of Physics I 3(3-0)
Motion, forces, conservation of energy and momentum, wave motion, sound and heat. For engineering technology, life sciences, and other interested students. Prerequisite: two years high school algebra. Corequisite: PHYS 201L. (F,S)

PHYS 201L Principles of Physics I Lab 1(0-2)
Corequisite: PHYS 201. (F,S)

PHYS 202 Principles of Physics II 3(3-0)
Electrostatics, electromagnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 201. Corequisite: PHYS 202L. (F,S)

PHYS 202L Principles of Physics II Lab 1(0-2)
Corequisite: PHYS 202. (F,S)

PHYS 221 General Physics I 4(4-0)
Newtonian mechanics, including linear and rotational dynamics, momentum, energy, gravitation, fluid mechanics, wave motion and thermodynamics. Uses the calculus and vector notation. For majors in physics, mathematics, geoscience, engineering and chemistry. Prerequisite: high school physics or PHYS 201, or permission of instructor. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 126. Corequisite: PHYS 221L. (S)

PHYS 221L General Physics I Lab 1(0-2)
Corequisite: PHYS 221. (S)

PHYS 222 General Physics II 4(4-0)
Electrostatics, electromagnetism, elementary circuits, electrical oscillations, geometrical optics and the wave aspects of light. Prerequisite: PHYS 221. Corequisites: PHYS 221 and 222L. (F)

PHYS 222L General Physics II Lab 1(0-2)
Corequisite: PHYS 222. (F)

PHYS 291 Special Topics (1-4 VAR) (*)

PHYS 293 Seminar 1(1-0)
The student attends at least 11 Physics Seminar presentations or other approved presentations and then presents a public seminar presentation on some approved physics-related topic. (F,S)

PHYS 301 Theoretical Mechanics 4(4-0)
Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Conservation principles, minimum principles, accelerated coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods, vector and matrix methods. Prerequisites: PHYS 221, MATH 325 and MATH 337. (F/E)

PHYS 321 Thermodynamics 3(3-0)
Introduction to thermodynamic laws and principles, entropy, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 221. (F/E)

PHYS 322 Advanced Laboratory- Heat 1(0-2)
Experiments in heat of combustion, heat transfer, thermal electromotive force, viscosity, and specific heat measurements. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 321. (F/E)

PHYS 323 General Physics III 4(4-0)
Introduction to special relativity, kinetic theory, quantization, wave mechanics, atomic structure, nuclear physics and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: PHYS 222/222L and MATH 224. Corequisite: PHYS 323L. (S)

PHYS 323L General Physics III Lab 1(0-2)
Corequisite: PHYS 323. (S)

PHYS 341 Optics 3(3-0)
Geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, polarization of light, optical properties of materials, optical sources including lasers, and holography. Prerequisites: PHYS 222/222L and MATH 325. (F, O)

PHYS 342 Advanced Laboratory-Optics 1(0-2)
Experiments in interference, diffraction, absorption, spectral characteristics and polarization of light. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PHYS 341. (F, O)

PHYS 361 Physics of Sound 3(3-0)
Sound waves, sources of sound, physics of hearing, acoustical measurements. For speech correction majors and other interested students. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent. (F, O)

PHYS 431 Electricity and Magnetism 4(4-0)
Mathematical treatment of electrostatics, currents, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell’s equations and electrodynamics. Prerequisites: PHYS 222/222L, MATH 325 and 337. (S, E)

PHYS 432 Advanced Laboratory-Electricity and Magnetism 1(0-2)
Experiments in electrostatic constants, magnetic effects, capacitance, thermoelectric effects, magnetic properties, inductance, mutual inductance, and production, propagation and diffraction of microwaves. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PHYS 431. (S, E)

PHYS 441 Quantum Mechanics 4(4-0)
Wave packets, operators, the Schroedinger equation, eigenstates, angular momentum, spin, magnetic moments, Heisenberg formulation. Prerequisites: PHYS 323/323L, MATH 325 and 337. (S, O)

PHYS 480 Practicum in Laboratory Instruction 1(0-2)
Participation in laboratory instruction under the guidance of a staff member. Includes instruction on laboratory safety. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. (F,S)

PHYS 491 Special Topics (1-4 VAR) (*)

PHYS 492 Research 1(0-2)
Prerequisite: eight credits in upper-division physics courses. (F,S)

PHYS 493 Seminar 1(1-0)
Class members report on recently published work or on their own research in physics or applied physics. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Prerequisite: advanced standing with a major or minor in physics. (S, O)

PHYS 495 Independent Study (1-2 VAR)
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing; permission of department chair. (*)

PHYS 499 Thesis Research 1(1-0)
Students write a research paper describing their own research. Prerequisite: senior standing in the department. (F,S)