Courses in Physics
PHY 1010: Introduction to Physics I (4)
Pre- or corequisite: MTH 1010 or 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, retational motion, harmonic motion, and thermodynamics. Four lecture hours per week.
PHY 1020: Introduction to Physics II (4)
Prerequisite: 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 2010: General Physics Lab I (1)
Pre- or corequisite: PHY 1010 or PHY 3010;
An introductory laboratory course in physics. Experiments are intended to support lecture material in PHY 1010 and PHY 3010. Includes general laboratory procedures and methods of data analysis. Three hours of laboratory work per week.
PHY 2020: General Physics Lab II (1)
Prerequisite: PHY 2010; 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 and PHY 3020. Three hours of laboratory work per week.
PHY 3010: College Physics I (4)
Pre- or corequisite: MTH 2040
An introductory level, calculus-based physics course. Topics covered include kinematics, Newton’s laws, energy and momentum conservation, rotational motion, gravity, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Four lecture hours per week.
PHY 3020: College Physics II (4)
Prerequisite: PHY 3010; Pre- or corequisite: 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 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)