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Physics Courses

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PHYS-101  Descriptive Astronomy

The solar system, stars and their evolution, galaxies and cosmology. Emphasis on observational evidence. Lecture, discussion, and occasional evening observing sessions. 3 credits. (NW)

PHYS-107  Energy & The Environment (also Listed As ENVS 107)

Introduction to the concept of energy (kinetic, potential, thermal) and the physical laws governing energy transformation. Forms of energy consumed by society (fossil fuels, nuclear power, renewable energy) and their impacts on the environment (nuclear waste, global warming, air pollution). 3 credits. (QR)

PHYS-210  Introduction To Mechanics

Introduction to the various ways in which the mechanical universe is described, using the concept of particles, waves, and flows. Extensive treatment of Newtonian mechanics, including motion, forces, energy, and waves. The special theory of relativity and basic ideas of quantum mechanics are introduced. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. $15 lab fee. Prerequisite: MATH 170 (may be taken concurrently). 5 credits. (QR)

PHYS-211  Introduction To Electromagnetism

Introduction to the study of electromagnetic force, including the basic laws of electricity and magnetism, the concept of a field, Maxwell's equations, basic circuits, electromagnetic radiation, and optics. The relationship of electromagnetism to the special theory of relativity. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. $15 lab fee. PrerequisiteS: 210 and MATH 170. Recommended: 175 concurrently. 5 credits. (QR)

PHYS-215  Modern Physics

Developments since 1900; relativity, the nature of radiation and matter and their interaction, radioactivity, elementary quantum mechanics, introductory atomic and nuclear physics. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: 211 and MATH 175. Recommended: 385 and CHEM 210 concurrently. Offered fall. 4 credits. (NW)

PHYS-220  Thermal & Statistical Physics

Study of solids, liquids, and gases at the atomic level to develop appreciation for and mathematical understanding of their thermal properties. Topics derive from thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and solid state physics including transport processes, energy distributions, classical and quantum statistical development. Prerequisite: 211 and MATH 175. Recommended: CHEM 210. Offered spring. 3 credits.

PHYS-252  Engineering Statics and Dynamics

Newtonian mechanics with emphasis on problem-solving and engineering applications: force, mass, and acceleration; force systems; free-body diagrams; distributed forces; particle kinematics; motion of rigid bodies; conservation of energy; translational and angular momentum; systems of particles; applications of vector algebra and calculus. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: 210 and MATH 200 (may be taken concurrently). Offered fall of odd numbered years. 4 credits.

PHYS-385  Great Experiments In Physics

Experiments in modern physics, thermal physics, and electricity and magnetism. Introduction to planning and executing physics experiments. Introduction to writing reports in the standard journal style. Prerequisite or corequisite: 215. 1 credit.

PHYS-420  Classical Mechanics

Classical theories and analytical methods of statics and dynamics: kinematics, vectors and tensors, potential theory, moving coordinate systems and generalized methods. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: 211 and MATH 200. Recommended: MATH 210. Offered fall. 4 credits.

PHYS-440  Electricity and Magnetism I

Review of vector analysis, electrostatic and magnetostatic theory, field properties in matter. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: 211 and MATH 200. Recommended: MATH 210. Offered fall. 3 credits.

PHYS-485  Physics Colloquium

Presentations of topics of current interest by visiting speakers, faculty, and students. May be repeated for credit. 1 credit.

PHYS-488  Research

Individual research projects for Physics and Applied Physics majors. Work done in collaboration with faculty. Departmental permission required. May be repeated for credit. 1-5 credits.

PHYS-489  Thesis Research

Required of all Physics and Applied Physics majors in the senior year. Prerequisite: 386. 1-5 credits.

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