PHY Courses

PHY101 - Introduction to Physics (4 cr.)

An introduction to the basic concepts and applications of classical and modern physics. Designed primarily as a one-semester terminal course for students majoring in areas other than physics and chemistry. Lecture/laboratory. (Includes a three-hour laboratory each week). (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

PHY101L - Introduction to Physics Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring).

PHY102 - Introduction to Physics (3 cr.)

Refer to PHY101 course description. Lecture only. (Spring, Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

PHY103 - Physics for the Life Sciences I (4 cr.)

Introduction to the basic concepts and applications of physics, including mechanics, fluids, and electricity. Algebra-based presentation of subject matter emphasizes biological examples. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: MATA competency or MAT101.

PHY104 - Physics for the Life Sciences II (4 cr.)

Introduction to the basic concepts and applications of physics, including magnetism, thermodynamics, wave physics, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Algebra-based presentation of subject matter emphasizes biological examples. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: PHY103 and MATA competency or MAT101.

PHY104L - Physics for the Life Sciences II Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring)

PHY111 - General Physics I (0 or 4 cr.)

The course provides a basic but unified and quantitative introduction to the experimental laws and fundamental principles of physics. The course content includes mechanics, thermal physics, wave motion, optics and electromagnetism. However, the principles of special relativity and the quantum nature of matter and radiation will be integrated into relevant portions of those topics. Lecture/laboratory. (Summer, Fall). Liberal arts. Corequisite: MAT224. Prerequisite: working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

PHY111L - General Physics I Lab (0 cr.)

(Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

PHY112 - General Physics II (4 cr.)

A lecture, laboratory course designed for all science majors. It provides an introduction to the topics of classical physics. Content of the course includes such topics as: mechanics, thermal physics, wavemotion, electricity and magnetism and optics, as well as the development and use of vectors and vector algebra. (Spring, Summer). Liberal arts. Co-requisites: MAT225. Prerequisites: MAT224, PHY111.

PHY112L - General Physics II Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring, Summer). Liberal arts.

PHY199 - Independent Study (0 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

PHY299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring).

PHY310 - Statics (3 cr.)

Applications of free-body techniques to the solution of practical engineering problems involving material bodies in a static equilibrium. Designed primarily as a one-semester course for students majoring in a physics-engineering program. Lecture only. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT225, PHY111.

PHY311 - Analytical Mechanics (3 cr.)

Analytic study of motion of particles and systems of particles leading up to formalisms of Lagrange and Hamilton. Topics include motion in a central field, the linear oscillator, the dynamics of rigid bodies, generalized coordinates. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT326, PHY111.

PHY312 - Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (3 cr.)

Newtonian formalism applied to engineering problems involving both particle dynamics and rigid body motion. Designed for students majoring in the engineering and physics programs. Lecture only. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT225, PHY111.

PHY314 - Introduction to Modern Physics (3 cr.)

Fundamentals of modern physics at an elementary level. A complement to classical principles developed in General Physics. Both the kinematics and dynamics of special relativity are studied, after which quantum concepts are introduced and successively applied to atomic, molecular, solid, and nuclear systems, and to the elementary particles. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT225, PHY112.

PHY317 - Fluid Dynamics (3 cr.)

Laws of mechanics and thermodynamics applied to fluids at rest and in motion; potential flow; dimensional analysis; viscous flow; pipe flow; boundary-layer theory; compressible flow. (Fall). Liberal arts. Co-requisite: MAT326. Prerequisites: PHY112 and MAT225.

PHY320 - Strength of Materials (3 cr.)

The study at the elementary level of the mechanics of solid deformable bodies. Designed for students in the engineering and physics programs. Lecture only. Liberal arts. Prerequisites: PHY310

PHY341 - Thermodynamics (3 cr.)

The first and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications to special systems. Introduction to the kinetic theory of gases and statistical mechanics. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT326, PHY112.

PHY350 - Circuits and Electronics (without lab) (3 cr.)

An introduction to the fundamentals of electrical and electronic circuit theory using an integrated approach. Both circuit analysis and synthesis methods are presented. The theoretical development utilizes the concept of terminal characteristics rather than the physics of electronic devices. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT225, PHY112.

PHY365 - Electronics for Scientists (4 cr.)

Theory and application of electronic devices and systems. The detailed operation of basic devices and circuits will be introduced, followed by the design and behavior of more complex analog and digital systems including those used in instruments and computers. Lecture and laboratory. (Fall, Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: PHY112.

PHY365L - Electronics for Scientists Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring, Fall).

PHY379 - Introduction to Robotics (4 cr.)

An overview and introduction of robotics in practice and research with topics including vision, motion planning, mobile mechanisms, kinematics, inverse kinematics, and sensors. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: PHY111, MAT225 or MAT202, co- or prerequisite CSC221.

PHY380 - Intermediate Laboratory (3 cr.)

A one-semester laboratory course. Detailed experiments will be performed in various areas of physics with the emphasis on experiments in modern physics. Two hours of lecture/consultation, two-three hours experimentation. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: PHY112.

PHY398 - Technical Reports in Physics and Engineering (3 cr.)

Methods of effective written communication of technical information for different audiences and purposes; includes essay for non-technical audience, textbook chapter, grant proposal, technical report, letter of application, resume and production and presentation of Power Point report. Approved AWR. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101 and PHY380.

PHY399 - Independent Study (0 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring).

PHY421 - Fundamentals of Electromagnetism (3 cr.)

The fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. The course covers static, electric, and magnetic fields in free space and material media, Maxwell's equations and the propagation of plane electromagnetic waves. It also addresses transmission lines, waveguides, radiation and antennas, and contemporary topics in this field. (Summer, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: PHY112 and MAT426.

PHY431 - Physical Optics (4 cr.)

The vectorial nature of light, coherence and interference, diffraction, and the optics of solids. The quantum aspect of light is treated by considering the emission of light by atoms, molecules and solid bodies and optical amplification as employed in lasers. Lecture and laboratory. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT326, PHY314.

PHY431L - Physical Optics Lab (0 cr.)

(Spring, Fall).

PHY452 - Quantum Mechanics (3 cr.)

The basic postulates of quantum theory with application to simple systems. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: MAT426, PHY314.

PHY495 - Undergraduate Research (1 to 6 cr.)

Participation in research programs in physics, education in physics, or fields related to physics under the guidance of advisors. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: junior standing.

PHY496 - Practicum (1 to 12 cr.)

(Fall - Spring).

PHY499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Summer, Fall).

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