PHYSICS  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHYSCS  100  ENERGY GL                         4 cr
An examination of energy; its nature, the forms in which it appears, its tranformation, current and future sources, and energy issues faced by an informed electorate. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141.

PHYSCS 120  LIGHT AND COLOR              4 cr
An introduction to light science for students in the visual arts and for students with an interest in art. The course includes the properties of light and color, the interaction of light with matter, the formation of visual images, and color vision. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq:  MATH 140 or MATH 141.

PHYSCS 130 PHYSICS FOUNDATIONS         GL             5 cr
This course will explore topics in classical physics (motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light) and modern physics (atomic stucture, quantum mechanics and relativity) with an emphasis on how the principles explain and predict phenomena we observe every day. Four one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 760-141 or consent of instructor.
Unreq: PHYSCS 210.

PHYSCS 150  FROM  EINSTEIN  TO  STAR  TREK  GM    3 u
This introductory survey course will focus on areas of modern physics that are frequently discussed but often misunderstood. The theories of Einstein and other physicists will be used to examine science fiction devices such as time machines, warp drives, and mass transporters. Integrated throughout will be a discussion of what are science, science fiction, and pseudo-science. Not applicable toward any physics major or minor. Three hours of lecture a week.

PHYSCS 160 GENERAL PHYSICS I                 GL             4 cr
A non-calculus course in general physics concerned with the philosophy, nature and methods as well as the fundamental concepts of physics. The content covers the basic principles of the nature and structure of matter, energy, mechanics and mechanical waves, emphasizing applications of physics to the life and health sciences. Four one-hour lectures per week. 800-160 and 800-161 together satisfy the 5 cr. lab science course requirement.
Coreq: Math 760-152.
Unreq: PHYSCS 170.

PHYSCS 161 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I             GL                 1 cr
A laboratory course in general physics with experimental work in mechanics, heat and sound. This is the laboratory companion of course PHYSCS 160. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 160.
Unreq: PHYSCS 173.

PHYSCS 162 GENERAL PHYSICS II                 GL             4 cr
A non-calculus course in general physics concerned with the philosophy, nature and methods as well as the fundamental concepts of physics. The content covers the basic principles of electricity and magnetism, modern physics, light, and optics. Emphasizes applications of physics to the life and health sciences. Four one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 160.

PHYSCS 163 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II         GL         1 cr
A laboratory in general physics with experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. This is the laboratory companion of PHYSCS162. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 162.
Unreq: PHYSCS 175.

PHYSCS 170 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I             GL                 3 cr
A lecture course in introductory physics concentrating on the area of mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics of translational and rotational motion, statics, harmonic motion, fluid mechanics and an introduction to relativistic mechanics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Coreq: MATH 152.
Unreq: PHYSCS 160.

PHYSCS 172 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II             GL             3 cr
A lecture course in introductory physics in which some calculus is used and concentrating on the areas of wave motion, sound, heat, thermodynamics and light. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 170.
Coreq: MATH 253.

PHYSCS 173 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS             GL             1 cr
        LABORATORY I
A laboratory course in introductory physics concentrating on experiments in mechanics, sound, heat and thermodynamics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 172.
Unreq: PHYSCS 161.

PHYSCS 174 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III         GL         3 cr
A lecture course in introductory physics in which calculus is used and concentration is on areas of electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 172.
Coreq: MATH 254.

PHYSCS 175 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS GL LABORATORY II         1 cr
A laboratory course in introductory physics concentrating on experiments in light, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. For majors and minors of physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 174.
Unreq: PHYSCS 163.

PHYSCS 210 DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS         GM         3 cr
An introduction to physics in a course designed for K-8 education students and open to all education majors. Topics covered include motion, energy, light, heat, electricity and magnetism. Two seventy-five minute lecture-activity periods per week.
Coreq: MATH 141 or consent of instructor.
Unreq: PHYSCS 130.

PHYSCS 221 INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY     2 cr
A laboratory course concentrating on techniques of recording, interpretation of, and reporting experimental data. Extensive use will be made of computers in data processing. Topics covered include data acquisition and the recording of data, error analysis, numerical analysis, graphing techniques, computational tools and report writing. Two two-hour laboratories per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174 and PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162 and PHYSCS163 and COMPSCI 171.

PHYSCS 240 PHYSICS OF SOUND AND MUSIC         GM         3 cr
A descriptive course that deals with various properties of sound, the generation of sound by traditional musical instruments and the electronic production and reproduction of sound. The physical process of hearing and the acoustical properties of rooms are also included. Three one-hour lecture periods per week.

PHYSCS 280 ENGINEERING MECHANICS: STATICS         3 cr
A study of forces on rigid bodies in equilibrium. Topics include force systems, equilibrium, distributed forces, structures, friction, internal forces, centroids and moments of inertia. This course is designed for pre-engineering students and will not ordinarily be taken by physics majors or minors. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 170, MATH 253 or con reg in MATH 253.

PHYSCS 282 ENGINEERING MECHANICS: DYNAMICS 3 cr
A study of the action of forces in producing or modifying the motion of rigid bodies. Topics covered include motion, force-mass-acceleration relations, energy, momentum and vibrations. This course is designed for pre-engineering students and will not ordinarily be taken by physics majors or minors. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 280, MATH 254 or con reg in MATH 254.

PHYSCS 303/503 MICROPROCESSOR LABORATORY             2 cr
Laboratory experience in microprocessor addressing, digital logic circuits, microcomputer input and output techniques, digital to analog and analog to digital interfacing and device control by microcomputers. This course will not satisfy the laboratory work requirements for the physics major; the credit will count toward the major.
Prereq: Either (a) PHYSCS 175 (or PHYSCS 163) and COMPSCI 171 or (b) concurrent registration in COMPSCI 302/502 or (c) graduate student with computer programming experience.

PHYSCS 310 MECHANICS I         3 cr
A study of classical mechanics. Topics to be covered will include vector calculus techniques, dynamics of particles and systems and central force systems. Required of all majors and minors in physics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174 and PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162 and PHYSCS 163 and MATH 254.

PHYSCS 320 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I         3 cr
A study of static electric and magnetic fields, with an introduction to electrodynamics and Maxwell's equations. Topics include the electric field, electric potential, magnetic field, magnetic vector potential, and fields in linear materials.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174 and PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162 and PHYSCS 163 and MATH 254.

PHYSCS 322 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II         3 cr
A study of electrodynamics. Topics include magnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and dipole radiation. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 320.

PHYSCS 330 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS         3 cr
An introductory course in electronics with emphasis on solid state devices, diode and amplifier circuits, waveform generation, operational amplifiers, digital circuitry and microcomputer applications to physical measurement. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174 and PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162 and PHYSCS 163.

PHYSCS 331 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS LABORATORY     1 cr
A laboratory course in electronics with emphasis on solid state devices, diode and amplifier circuits, waveform generation, analog computer circuitry, digital circuitry and microcomputer applications to physical measurement. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 330 or con reg in PHYSCS 330.

PHYSCS 354 OPTICS             3 cr
A study of geometrical and physical optics beginning with a mathematical treatment of light waves and their interaction with materials. Topics also include interference, diffraction, spectroscopy and spectroscopic instruments, polarization, light sources and detectors, lasers, holography, and some topics in modern optics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174, PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162 and PHYSCS 163 and MATH 254.

PHYSCS 355 OPTICS LABORATORY     1 cr
Experimental work in optics with emphasis on dispersion, refraction, absorption, interference, diffraction and polarization. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 354.

PHYSCS 364 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETIC THEORY     3 cr
A study of the thermodynamic systems equations of state, work, first, second and third laws of thermodynamics, the combined first and second laws and applications. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174/PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162/PHYSCS 163 and MATH 254.

PHYSCS 410/610 MODERN PHYSICS I         3 cr
A study of twentieth century physics. Topics covered include relativity, elementary quantum physics, atomic structure, elementary nuclear physics and fundamental particles. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 174/PHYSCS 175 or PHYSCS 162/PHYSCS 163 and MATH 254.

PHYSCS 411/611   MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY I     1 cr
A laboratory course in modern physics. The experiments performed in this course complement the lectures of Modern Physics I. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with Modern Physics I. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 410 or con reg or cons instr.

PHYSCS 412/612  MODERN PHYSICS II     3 cr
A continuation of Modern Physics I. Topics covered include statistical mechanics, atomic and molecular spectra, x-ray spectra, physics of the solid state and nuclear physics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 410.

PHYSCS 413   MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY II     1 cr
A laboratory course in modern physics. The experiments performed in this course complement the lectures of Modern Physics II. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with Modern Physics II. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: PHYSCS 412 or concurrent registration or consent of instructor.

PHYSCS 489 PHYSICS  SENIOR  SEMINAR          2 u
The course will train students in making scientific presentations, summarize the concepts and methods taught in the physics major curriculum, and prepare them for the Physics Major Field Test as the final exam in the course. Students will become familiar with physics literature and learn to write abstracts and project proposals. They will demonstrate proper methods of verbal and visual presentation by delivering a graded series of talks, concluding with a satisfactory colloquium on a physics topic. Two one-hour sessions a week.
Prereq: Students must possess senior-level standing in the major to receive credit for participation.  Students with less than senior standing are encouraged to attend in preparation for full participation when they become seniors.

PHYSCS 490/690 PHYSICS WORKSHOP     1-8 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.

PHYSCS 491/691 TRAVEL STUDY         1-3 cr
Repeatable

PHYSCS 493 PHYSICS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION         1 cr
The course gives the student an opportunity to intersperse full time study with full time employment. The student will be interviewed by a potential employer identified by the Physics Department. If accepted as an employee, the student may work from one to four terms. A work term is defined as a semester or a summer of employment. No more than two credits may be counted towards the Physics Major. A written report is required.
Prereq: 800-173 and 600-099 and a declared Physics/Industry major.

PHYSCS 494 PHYSICS SEMINAR         1 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

PHYSCS 496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES     1-10 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.
Prereq: Physics major or minor, junior or senior standing and consent of instructor.

PHYSCS 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics. Prereq: Jr or sr st and cons dept chp.

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