Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 101  Principles of Physics I    3 sem. hrs.

Study of motion , acceleration, and forces in rectangular and curvilinear coordinates. Gravitational forces, Work, energy, and momentum. Simple harmonic motion, wave motion, and sound. Heat-the kinetic theory of matter, the behavior of gases, calorimetry and change of state. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites: MATH 155, 156.

PHYS 101L  Principles of Physics I: Lab    1 sem. hr.

PHYS 102  Principles of Physics II    3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to electricity and magnetism-electrostatics, current electricity (Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, D.C. and A.C. circuits). Light-reflection, refraction, interference, polarization. Selected aspects of modern physics-relativity, quantum mechanics. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Offered every spring semester.

Prerequisite: PHYS 101 with grade of C- or better, MATH 155, 156.

PHYS 102L  Principles of Physics II: Lab    1 sem. hr.

PHYS 201  Physics with Calculus I    3,4 sem. hrs.

Covers same material as Physics 101 but at a higher level of sophistication since a basic knowledge of calculus is assumed. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week.

Corequisite: Calculus I.

PHYS 201L  Physics with Calculus I: Lab    1 sem. hr.

PHYS 202  Physics with Calculus II    3-4 sem. hrs.

Covers same material as Physics 102 but at a higher level of sophistication since a basic knowledge of calculus is assumed. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week.

Corequisite: Calculus II.

PHYS 202L  Physics with Calculus II: Lab    1 sem. hr.

PHYS 301  Sem in 20th Century Physics    3 sem. hrs.

This course includes a history of the breakthroughs in physics, such as special and general relativity and the various aspects of quantum mechanics, and descriptions of these theories. Students will engage in self-designed library and Internet research on various topics in modern physics.

Prerequisite: PHYS 101-102.