Physics - PHY

PHY 107 Computer Programming for Science 3 Credits

Introduction to computer programming with the C/C++ and Matlab-equivalent languages. Examples and applications for science.

Corequisite: PHY 107L.

Offered: every fall.

PHY 107L Computer Programming for Science Laboratory 1 Credit

Required laboratory for computer programming with the the C/C++ and Matlab-equivalent languages. Examples and applications for science.

Corequisite: PHY 107.

Offered: fall.

PHY 129 Introduction to Astronomy 3 Credits

Understanding modern astronomy by using ideas from basic physics. Mathematics minimized. Naming and viewing stars and constellations is included.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: fall.

PHY 131 Earthquakes: Seismology and Society 3 Credits

The science behind earthquakes: causes, locations, frequency and measurement; affects on geography, human structures and society.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences), Global Awareness

Offered: fall.

PHY 133 Dinosaurs 3 Credits

An introduction to dinosaurs and their world through an examination of their anatomy, evolution, phylogenty, behavior, metabolism and the cause of their extinction. Exploration of geological concepts such as uniformitarianism, stratigraphy, sedimentation, fossilization and taphonomy will help to explain how this knowledge was extracted from the rocks.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: spring.

PHY 201 College Physics I 3 Credits

College Physics for biological-science students. Mechanics of rigid bodies, mechanics of fluids, thermal energy and thermodynamics.

Prerequisite: MAT 110 or MAT 111. Corequisite: PHY 201L.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

PHY 201L College Physics I Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for College Physics I for biological-science students.

Corequisite: PHY 201.

Offered: fall.

PHY 202 College Physics II 3 Credits

College Physics for biological-science students. Electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in PHY 201. Corequisite: PHY 202L.

Offered: spring.

PHY 202L College Physics II Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for College Physics II for biological-science students.

Corequisite: PHY 202.

Offered: spring.

PHY 223 General Physics for Physical Science Majors I 3 Credits

Calculus-based general physics. Mechanics of rigid bodies.

Prerequisite: MAT 110 or MAT 111. Corequisite: PHY 223L.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: spring.

PHY 223L General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for calculus-based general physics I.

Corequisite: PHY 223.

Offered: spring.

PHY 224 General Physics for Physical Science Majors II 3 Credits

Calculus-based general physics. Electricity and magnetism,geometrical and physical optics.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in PHY 223. Corequisite: PHY 224L.

Offered: fall.

PHY 224L General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for calculus-based general physics II.

Corequisite: PHY 224.

Offered: fall.

PHY 225 General Physics for Physical Science Majors III 3 Credits

Calculus-based general physics. Mechanics of fluids, mechanical waves, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, geometrical and physical optics, special theory of relativity.

Prerequisite: MAT 211 & minimum grade of C- in PHY 224. Corequisite: PHY 225L.

Offered: spring.

PHY 225L General Physics for Physical Science Majors III Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for calculus-based general physics III.

Corequisite: PHY 225.

Offered: spring.

PHY 226 Basic Electronics 3 Credits

Circuit analysis, power supplies, semiconductor physics, operational amplifiers, digital electronics. Integrated circuit techniques. Includes laboratory work each week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in PHY 224. Corequisite: PHY 226L.

Offered: spring.

PHY 226L Basic Electronics Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory for basic electronics course.

Corequisite: PHY 226.

PHY 330 Electrodynamics I 3 Credits

Static and time-varying classical electric and magnetic fields in free-space and matter. Prior completion of or concurrent registration for PHY 335 is strongly encouraged.

Prerequisite: PHY 224.

Offered: fall of odd-numbered years.

PHY 331 Electrodynamics II 3 Credits

Primary topic: electromagnetic waves in free-space and matter, beginning with the Maxwell equations. Additional topics: radiation and special relativity.

Prerequisite: PHY 330.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

PHY 332 Statistical and Thermal Physics 3 Credits

Develops statistical concepts and methods used to relate macroscopic to microscopic descriptions of many particle systems.

Prerequisite: PHY 225.

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

PHY 335 Mathematical Analysis for Physicists 4 Credits

Theory and applications of infinite series, Fourier series, Green's functions, Fourier integrals, vector calculus, linear algebra, partial differential equations, and complex variable.

Prerequisite: MAT 222 or permission of instructor.

Offered: fall of odd-numbered years.

PHY 350 Modern Physics Laboratory 1 Credit

This course covers the basic principles of 20th century modern physics. The topics include blackbody radiation, particle/wave duality, x-ray diffraction, Bohr's model of the atom, quantum tunneling, and the Schrodinger equation.

Prerequisite: PHY 225.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

PHY 351 Advanced Laboratory 1 Credit

This course emphasizes advanced experiments and experimental technique. Topics include, but are not restricted to, dosimetry, radiation detection, gamma-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford scattering, atomic spectroscopy, thin-film deposition, and magnetic resonance.

Prerequisite: PHY 225.

Fulfills College Core: Oral Communication

Offered: fall of odd-numbered years.

PHY 443 Classical Mechanics 3 Credits

One, two, and three dimensional motion of a particle, non- inertial systems, classical scattering, rigid-body motion. Lagrange and Hamilton equations, calculus of variations, oscillations.

Prerequisite: PHY 224 & MAT 222.

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

PHY 445 Special Topics in Physics 1 Credit

This course will cover model formation and development using archival journal articles in physics. The subject material will rotate by semester among topics such as astrophysics, quantum theory, and thermodynamics. Students will be expected to read and critique journal articles, lead discussions on journal articles, and trace the development of an area of physics through assigned readings.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Restriction: must be physics major or minor with senior standing.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

PHY 446 Quantum Mechanics I 4 Credits

Experimental basis of quantum mechanics, state functions, operators. Review of linear algebra techniques and introduction of the Dirac notation.

Corequisite: PHY 225 & MAT 222.

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

PHY 447 Quantum Mechanics II 3 Credits

Application of Schrodinger's equation, Hamiltonian mechanics, angular momentum, intrinsic spin, parity, and time-dependent quantum mechanics. PHY 446 is highly recommended.

Offered: spring of odd-numbered years.

PHY 449 Nuclear Physics Lab 1 Credit

Introduction to experimental nuclear physics. Experiments study nuclear instrumentation, characteristics of radiation and nuclear spectra.

Prerequisite: PHY 446.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: occasionally.

PHY 498 Senior Project 1-3 Credits

A one-semester research project done under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair. Restriction: senior standing in physics.

Offered: spring.

PHY 499 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

An independent study with a faculty member of the Physics Department. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean. Restriction: permission of the chair.

Offered: fall & spring.