PHYSICS  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHYSCS 100     ENERGY     GL        4 u
An examination of energy; its nature, the forms in which it appears, its transformation, 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 u
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 u
This course will explore topics in classical physics (motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light) and modern physics (atomic structure, 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: MATH 141 or consent of instructor. Unreq: PHYSICS 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 u
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. PHYSCS 160 and PHYSCS 161 together satisfy the General Education lab science course requirement.
Coreq: MATH 152. Unreq: PHYSCS 170.

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

 PHYSCS 162     GENERAL PHYSICS II    GL         4 u
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 u
A laboratory in general physics with experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. This is the laboratory companion of PHYSCS 162. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: PHYSCS 162. Unreq: PHYSCS 175.

 PHYSCS 170     INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I    GM         3 u
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 u
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  LABORATORY I    GL        1 u
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 u
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 LABORATORY II     GL         1 u
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 u
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 u
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 PHYSCS 163 and COMPSCI 171.

 PHYSCS 240     PHYSICS OF SOUND AND MUSIC    GM         3 u
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 u
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.

 PHYSICS 282     ENGINEERING MECHANICS: DYNAMICS         3 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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     THERMAL PHYSICS         3 u
A study in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics including the laws of classical thermodynamics, equations of state, thermodynamical processes, and applications to classical and quantum mechanical systems. 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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
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 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 units in major or minor in physics.

 PHYSCS 491/691     TRAVEL STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 u

PHYSCS 493     PHYSICS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION         1 u
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 units may be counted towards the Physics Major. A written report is required.
Prereq: PHYSCS 173 and LSINDP 099 and a declared Physics/Industry major.

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

 PHYSCS 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-10 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 units 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 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 units in major or minor in physics. Prereq: Jr or sr st and cons dept chp.
 
 

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