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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Physics

PHYS 1000 COLLEGE PHYSICS I
General introduction to mechanics. Topics include kinematics, vectors, Newton's Laws, equilibrium, work and energy, momentum, and circular motion. (4 credits) fall, spring, summer
Prerequisite: MATH1000

PHYS 1005 PHYSICS A
General introduction to mechanics, including Newton's Laws, equilibrium, work, energy and momentum. The laboratory work will support the concepts studied in class. (3 credits) fall, spring, summer
Prerequisite: MATH1005

PHYS 1010 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
A survey of physics and its applications to modern life. Mechanics, sound, heat, electricity, light, and structure of matter are examined. Understanding of concepts, rather than detailed calculations, is emphasized through lecture and laboratory. (4 credits) fall, spring

PHYS 1035 PHYSICS B
General introduction to mechanical and thermal properties of matter, sound, light, and electricity. The laboratory work will support the concepts studied in class.  (3 credits). fall, spring
Prerequisites: PHYS1005

PHYS 1250 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
A calculus-based course emphasizing the principles and applications of mechanics. Topics include: Newton's Laws, equilibrium; work, energy, power; momentum, circular motion.  (4 credits) fall, spring, summer
Corequisite: MATH1750 or MATH1775

PHYS 1500 COLLEGE PHYSICS II
Physical properties of solids and fluids, heat, sound, light, electric, and magnetic forces. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH1500 and PHYS1000

PHYS 1750 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
Topics include: physical properties of solids and fluids, atomic structure, heat, sound, wave motion, electricity and magnetism. (4 credits) fall, spring, summer
Prerequisite: MATH1750 or MATH1775; AND PHYS1250
Corequisite: MATH1850

PHYS 2000 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY
This course gives the student a tour of the universe from our own Sun and Solar System to the very edge of space and time itself. Topics will include: our 8 planets, our Sun and structure of stars, nuclear fusion as a stellar energy source; the Milky Way; galaxies and galaxy evolution; large scale structure; and the fate of the universe. We will finish up with an extended discussion of extrasolar planets and the possibility of other life in the universe. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required.  (4 credits)

PHYS 2500 MODERN PHYSICS
This course takes a student on a journey of the physics after 1905. Emphasis is placed on the shortcoming of classical physics at the turn of the century leading to the discoveries of the modern era. The special theory of relativity, and the foundations of quantum mechanics serve as the cornerstone for the course. Extensions of these topics will include the modern view of the atom, nuclear physics, wave-particle duality of light and mass, space-time structure and GPS implementation of relativity.  (4 credits) fall, spring, summer
Prerequisite: MATH1700 or MATH1750 or MATH1775; AND PHYS1250.

PHYS 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside existing course offerings. (1 – 4 credits)
Prerequisite: Consent of the department head and instructor

PHYS 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS
These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the semester schedule for the courses offered that semester.  Contact the faculty assigned for more information about the course topic. (1 – 4 credits)