Courses in Physics

PHY 1010: Introduction to Physics I (4)
Prerequisite: C or above in MTH 1210
An introductory level college physics course using mathematics through algebra and trigonometry. Topics covered include kinematics and Newton’s laws with vectors, energy and momentum conservation, rotational motion, harmonic motion, and thermodynamics. Four lecture hours per week.

PHY 1011: General Physics Lab I (1)
Pre- or corequisite: PHY 1010
An introductory laboratory course in physics. Experiments are intended to support lecture material in PHY 1010. Includes general laboratory procedures and methods of data analysis. Three hours of laboratory work per week.

PHY 1020: Introduction to Physics II (4)
Prerequisite: C or above in PHY 1010
A continuation of Principles of Physics 1. Topics include electrostatics, circuits, electric and magnetic fields, geometric optic, quantum mechanics, atomic structure and nuclear physics. Four lecture hours per week.

PHY 1021: General Physics Lab II (1)
Prerequisite: PHY 1011; pre- or corequisite: PHY 1020 or PHY 3020
A continuation of General Physics Lab 1. Experiments are intended to support lecture material in PHY 1020. Three hours of laboratory work per week.

PHY 3010: College Physics I (4)
Prerequisite: C or above in MTH 2040
An introductory laboratory course in calculus-based physics. Experiments are intended to support lecture material in PHY 3010. Includes general laboratory procedures and methods of data analysis. Three hours of laboratory work per week.

PHY 3011: College Physics Lab I (1)
Pre-or corequisite: PHY 3010
A continuation of College Physics 1. Topics covered include electrostatics, circuits, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, diffraction and interference, and special relativity. Four lecture hours per week.

PHY 3020: College Physics II (4)
Prerequisite: C or above in PHY 3010 and MTH 2050
A continuation of College Physics 1. Topics covered include electrostatics, circuits, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, diffraction and interference, and special relativity. Four lecture hours per week.


PHY 3021: College Physics Lab II (1)
Prerequisite: PHY 3011; pre-or corequisite: PHY 3020
A continuation of College Physics Lab I. Experiments are intended to support lecture material in PHY
3020. Three hours of laboratory work per week.

PHY 3030: Electronics (4)
Prerequisites/Co-requisites: MTH 2040 and PHY 1020 or PHY 3020
Analog and digital electronics for scientific applications. Topics include Thevenin’s Theorem, capacitors and inductors, high/low pass filters, semiconductors, transistors, operational amplifiers, Boolean logic, logic gates, logic circuits, and analog to digital conversion. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

PHY 3040: Modern Physics (3)
Prerequisite: PHY 3020
Twentieth century developments in physics. Topics include special relativity, introductory quantum theory, the particle theory of light, the wave nature of electrons, and atomic structure. Three lecture hours per week.

PHY 3041: Experimental Modern Physics (1)
Prerequisite: PHY 3020; pre- or corequisite: PHY 3040
A laboratory class with experiments relating to important 20th century developments in physics. Lab experiments may include measuring the speed of light; measuring Plank’s constant using a photoelectric effect device; measuring critical properties of superconductors; performing experiments observing EMR (electron spin resonance) and NMR (nuclear spin resonance); and detecting alpha, beta and gamma particles resulting from nuclear decay. Three laboratory hours.

PHY 4010: Quantum Physics (3)
Prerequisite: PHY 3040
Non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Topics include an introduction to wave mechanics; mathematical tools of quantum mechanics; and the application of quantum mechanics to spin 1/2 systems, the one- dimensional harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom.

PHY 4950, 4951: Special Topics in Physics (1-3, 1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Pursuit of some subject which is not normally covered in a regularly scheduled class. May be taken once or twice for one, two, or three semester hours of credit per semester.

PHY 4970: Independent Study (1-3)