Courses


Physics Course Descriptions

PHY 1110. Physical Science (I, II; 3)

A course designed to inform and interest students in the role of science in everyday life. The basic concepts of chemistry, physics and the philosophy of science are presented as an interrelated whole. Open to all students. May be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for Natural Sciences.

PHY 1120. Physical Science (I, II; 3)

This course introduces the basic principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, and is designed to give the students an appreciation of science in a technological society. The course does not require any previous science background, but a working knowledge of high school mathematics is useful. Open to all students. May be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for Natural Sciences.

PHY 1140. Experimental Science (I; 2)

A course intended to give students a free rein to their scientific curiosity in an open ended and flexible set of laboratory problem situations. Emphasis will be on tackling any problem in a spirit of inquiry but not on covering any prescribed subject matter. While this course is not an integral part of departmental or pre-professional curriculum or prerequisite to any other courses, it is intended for freshmen who expect to major in one of the natural sciences. One two-hour laboratory and one one-hour discussion session per week.

PHY 1160. The Physics of Sound with Lab (II; 3)

An investigation of the physical phenomenon of sound. The treatment of sound waves is applied to musical instruments. This course is designed for music majors or other non-science majors. One two-hour laboratory and two one-hour lecture per week. May be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for Natural Sciences.

PHY 1170. The Visual Image with Lab (I; 2)

A non-mathematical course that describes light, its behavior and applications. Emphasis is placed on image formation by optical instruments, the science of color, lasers, holography, and analysis of light from the elements, planets and stars. One two-hour laboratory and one one-hour discussion session per week.

PHY 1181. Basic Physics I (I; 3)

This is the first of a two-semester course sequence for Middle School Science teacher education students. It will cover the following concepts: Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; conservation laws of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum; Archimedes’ and Bernoulli’s Principles; specific heat and latent heats; wave motion and sound; Doppler Effect. The course will be taught using two two-hour inquiry-based laboratory instruction periods (hands-on), and one hour of lecture/recitation per week. Prerequisite: MTH 1750.

PHY 1182. Basic Physics II (II; 3)

This is a continuation of PHY 1181, and will cover the following concepts: electrical charges at rest and in motion; Ohm’s law and its application to simple circuits; magnetic forces and fields; electromagnetic induction and its applications; electromagnetic spectrum; geometric optics; physical optics; and structures of the atom and the nucleus. The course will be taught using two two-hour periods of inquiry-based laboratory instruction (hands-on), and one hour of lecture/recitation per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1181.

PHY 1183. Introductory Astronomy (I; 2)

A basic course in astronomy that covers the following concepts: major theories of the origin and structure of the universe; astronomical units; the solar system; characteristics of the sun and the source of its energy; eclipses; the earth’s seasons; units of time as based on the earth’s motion; space exploration and celestial navigation; and remote sensing.

PHY 2211. University Physics I (I; 5)

The first part of an introductory course prerequisite to all advanced courses in physics, intended primarily for majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering. This course covers mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MTH 2502 or MTH 2503.

PHY 2212. University Physics Laboratory I (I; 0)

— Required co-requisite of PHY 2211.

PHY 2213. University Physics II (II; 5)

The second part of an introductory course prerequisite to all advanced courses in physics, intended primarily for majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering. This course covers electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PHY 2211.

PHY 2214. University Physics Laboratory II (II; 0)

— Required co-requisite of PHY 2213.

PHY 3230. Electronics for Scientists (I; 2)

This course deals with modern electronics instrumentation in the laboratory. Prerequisite: PHY 2211.

PHY 3320. Physical Optics (I; 3)

The course treats the fundamentals of physical optics including interference, dispersion, diffraction, double refraction, and polarization. Prerequisite: PHY 2213.

PHY 3330. Introductory Solid State Physics (II; 4)

This course deals entirely with the ordered crystalline structures of the solid state and covers crystallography, lattice dynamics, energy bands, semiconductors, and superconductivity. Prerequisite: PHY 2213.

PHY 4401. Electricity and Magnetism I (I; 3)

A course covering the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHY 2213.

PHY 4402. Electricity and Magnetism II (II; 3)

Continuation of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHY 4401.

PHY 4421. Analytical Mechanics I (1; 3)

An introduction to the classical theory of statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisite: PHY 2211.

PHY 4422. Analytical Mechanics II (II; 3)

A study of the Lagrange equations of motion and the Hamiltonian function. Prerequisite: PHY 4421.

PHY 4431. Modern Physics (1; 3)

A course covering the modern concepts of atomic structure and radiation, nuclear structure, and radioactivity. Prerequisite: PHY 2213.