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    Physics Courses

    ENERGY (GM)

    Physics 100, Credits: 3

    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 per week.

    LIGHT AND COLOR (GL)

    Physics 120, Credits: 4

    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.

    PHYSICS FOUNDATIONS (GL)

    Physics 130, Credits: 5

    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.

    PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I (GL)

    Physics 140, Credits: 5

    An algebra-based course in classical mechanics at the introductory level. The content covers kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation laws, oscillations and waves, applications to fluids and elasticity, and thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Applications to the life and health sciences are emphasized, and essential MCAT subject matter is included. Basic understanding of trigonometry and the manipulation of vectors is necessary. Students with adequate mathematical preparation may wish to consider taking the PHYSCS 180 series. Four one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

    PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II (GL)

    Physics 141, Credits: 5

    An algebra-based course in electricity and magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics and an introduction to modern physics. Applications to the life and health sciences are emphasized, and essential MCAT subject matter is included. Basic understanding of trigonometry and the manipulation of vectors is necessary. Students with adequate mathematical preparation may wish to consider taking the PHYSCS 180 series. Four 0ne-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

    FROM EINSTEIN TO STAR TREK (GM)

    Physics 150, Credits: 3

    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 wil 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.

    PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS I (GL)

    Physics 180, Credits: 5

    A lecture course in introductory physics including a mathematically rigorous analysis of mechanics, vibrations, wave motion, and thermodynamics using calculus. For majors and minors in physics, engineering, chemistry, mathematics. Four one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. High school calculus recommended.

    PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS II (GL)

    Physics 181, Credits: 5

    A course in introductory physics including a mathematically rigorous analysis of electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics using calculus. For majors and minors in physics, engineering, chemistry, and mathematics. Four one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week.

    FRONTIERS OF ENGINEERING AND PHYSICS

    Physics 190, Credits: 1

    An introduction to career tracks and career opportunities in engineering and physics. This course will feature readings on different career possibilities in engineering and physics and visiting lectures by practicing physicists and engineers. Professional skills, identification of career tracks, and scientific and technical communication will be emphasized. One hour lecture per week.

    PHYSICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (GL)

    Physics 212, Credits: 4

    This course is a one-semester introduction to physics with curriculum and instruction designed as an activity-based hands-on course for K-8 elementary education students and open to all education majors. The course emphasizes a student-oriented pedagogy in order to develop various physics concepts and the nature of science. Topics covered include motion, forces, energy, light, heat, electricity, and magnetism.

    INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY

    Physics 221, Credits: 2

    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.

    PHYSICS OF SOUND AND MUSIC (GM)

    Physics 240, Credits: 3

    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.

    PHYSICS RECITATIONS I

    Physics 290, Credits: 1

    Topics include, limits, increments and infinitesimals and their applications to physical problems, differentiation and differentials in physics, integration as anti-differentiation and integration of higer derivatives (application to kinematics in one deminsion), vector and coordinate frames: application to kinematics in two and three dimensions, definite integrals and the integral as an area: applicaition to mechanical energy and work. One-hour lecture per week.

    PHYSICS RECITATIONS II

    Physics 291, Credits: 1

    Topics include partial derivatives, increments, and total derivatives: application to force and potential energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, and the dynamics of systems, integrals in two and three dimensions: application to the dynamics of rigid godies including rotations and forces in equilibrium. One-hour lecture per week.

    MICROPROCESSOR LABORATORY

    Physics 303, Credits: 2

    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.

    MECHANICS - STATICS

    Physics 305, Credits: 3

    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 also introduces notations and operations associated with tensor calculus.

    MECHANICS - DYNAMICS

    Physics 310, Credits: 3

    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.

    METHODS OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS

    Physics 324, Credits: 3

    Topics covered include methods of theoretical physics, vector analysis, differential equations of mathematical physics, analytic fuctions and integration in the complex plane, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and their applications in physics. Three one hour lectures per week.

    CLASSICAL ELECTROMAGNETISM

    Physics 325, Credits: 3

    A study of the electrostatic field, electric multipoles, dielectrics, special methods in electrostatics, the magnetic field, magnetic materials, time-varying fields, conservation laws, and electromagnetic waves. Three one-hour lectures per week.

    ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS

    Physics 330, Credits: 3

    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.

    ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS LABORATORY

    Physics 331, Credits: 1

    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.

    MODERN PHYSICS

    Physics 344, Credits: 4

    Topics covered include relativity, elementary quantum physics, atomic and molecular stucture, elementary nuclear physics and fundamental particles. Laboratory experiments complement material presented in lectures. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

    OPTICS

    Physics 360, Credits: 4

    This course provides an introductory study of optical phenomena. 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 and one three-hour laboratory per week.

    THERMAL PHYSICS

    Physics 364, Credits: 3

    A study of the 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.

    VIBRATIONS AND WAVES

    Physics 424, Credits: 3

    This course emphasizes the relationship between vibrations and waves. Topics include free and damped vibrations in linear and non-linear systems with one- and several-degrees of freedom, longitudinal and transverse waves, and the wave equation. Analytic treatment and applications to real phenomena are stressed throughout this course.

    QUANTUM MECHANICS

    Physics 425, Credits: 3

    This course will explore the tools and postulates of Quantum Mechanics. Topics will include one and three-dimensional problems, angular momentum, as well as approximation methods such as time independent perturbation theory, and Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) methods. Three one-hour lectures per week.

    PHYSICS SENIOR SEMINAR

    Physics 489, Credits: 2

    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. The 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.

    WORKSHOP

    Physics 490, Credits: 1-8

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.

    PHYSICS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

    Physics 493, Credits: 1

    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.

    PHYSICS SEMINAR

    Physics 494, Credits: 1

    Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable.

    SPECIAL STUDIES

    Physics 496, Credits: 1-10

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Physics 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.

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    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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    E-mail: lamkinn@uww.edu

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