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Physics Courses

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PHYS 100 How Things Work – Introduction to physical concepts behind modern technology. Studies of science of every day phenomena considered, including how electricity is generated, how refrigerators operate, and how CDs and DVDs contain information. Lecture, readings, writing, and discussion. Recommended: MATH 105 or equivalent. 3 credits. (NW)

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 102 The Physics of Art and Music – Ways that artistic expression are explained through physical mechanisms. Studies of light, color, and sound will be explored. Lecture, discussion, and occasional evening trips. $50 lab fee. 3 credits. (NW)

PHYS 107 Energy and the Environment (also listed as ENVS107) – 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: MATH 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. Prerequisites: 211 and MATH 175. Recommended: 385 and CHEM 210 concurrently. Offered fall. 4 credits. (NW)

PHYS 220 Thermal and 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. Prerequisites: 211 and MATH 175. Recommended: CHEM 210. Offered spring. 3 credits.

PHYS 303 Introduction to Materials Science (also listed as ENGR 303) – Introduction to the science of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and  semiconductors). Crystal structures and designations. Techniques of materials characterization. Mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties. Forming and materials processing. Problem solving, lecture, discussion, and field trips. Prerequisite: 215. 3 credits.

PHYS 315 Circuits and Electronics I (also listed as ENGR 315) – Electrical concepts and measurements. Circuit laws and theorems. Analysis of dc and ac steady state circuits, including phasor analysis techniques and Bode plots. Operational amplifiers and diodes. Digital combinational and sequential logic circuitry. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 170. Recommended: 211, junior standing. Offered fall. 4 credits. (NW)

PHYS 316 Circuits and Electronics II (also listed as ENGR  316) – Semiconductor materials and solid-state devices. Diode and transistor circuits. Selected topics such as magnetism, inductors, and transformers; second-order ac and dc circuit analysis; Laplace and Fourier transforms; analog to digital conversion; and electronic system design. Completion of an independent project. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: 315. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits. (QR)

PHYS 325 Computational Physics – Use of computers in scientific problem-solving using MATLAB, algorithm development, numerical differentiation and integration, sorting, data analysis, simulation development. Laboratory and lecture. Prerequisite: 211 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. (QR)

PHYS 370 Advanced Topics in Physics – Selected advanced physics topics. Prerequisite: 215 or consent of instructor. 3 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: 215 (may be taken concurrently). 1 credit.

PHYS 386 Exploration in Experimental Physics – Design and execution of physics experiments. Most projects will be drawn from topics in modern physics, thermal physics, and electricity and magnetism. Results will be reported using standard journal style. Prerequisite: 385. Offered spring. 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 441 Electricity and Magnetism II – Electrodynamics, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation, relativity. Prerequisite: 440. Offered spring. 3 credits.

PHYS 475 Quantum Physics – Quantum mechanics and its application in studies of atomic systems and nuclei. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: 215 and MATH 200. Recommended: 420, MATH 210, 250, and junior standing. Offered spring. 4 credits.

PHYS 480 Independent Study – Supplemental work for students with advanced standing in physics. By permission. 1-5 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 – Develop research skills and complete an independent research project sufficient for writing up as a senior thesis. Prerequisite: 386. 1-5 credits.

PHYS 490 Senior Thesis – Comprehensive written report on advanced level individual investigative project. Also requires public oral presentation of project and participation in Physics Colloquium. Baccalaureate thesis required of all Physics and Applied Physics majors. Prerequisites: 489 or ENGR 489 and senior standing. Offered spring. 3 credits. (MWI)

Engineering Courses

ENGR 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. Prerequisites: PHYS 210 and MATH 200 (may be taken concurrently). Offered fall of odd-numbered years. 4 credits.

ENGR 253 Strength of Materials – Continuation of study of engineering mechanics following 252. Equilibrium and geometric compatibility in devices and structures; Hooke’s Law, stress and strain in variously loaded members; deformation and deflection; theory of failure. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: 252 and PHYS 210. Offered spring of even-numbered years. 3 credits.

ENGR 303 Introduction to Materials Science (also listed as PHYS 303) – Introduction to the science of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors). Crystal structures and designations. Techniques of materials characterization. Mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties. Forming and materials processing. Problem solving, lecture, discussion, and field trips. Prerequisite: PHYS 215. 3 credits.

ENGR 310 Engineering Design and Graphics – Engineering drawing standards, projection theory, visual thinking, free-hand sketching, pictorial sketching, solid modeling (including operating 3-D printer), and tolerance concepts. Introduction to drafting using computeraided design programs and other tools. Lecture and laboratory. $50 lab fee. Prerequisite: 025, PHYS 210, MATH 170. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

ENGR 315 Circuits and Electronics I (also listed as PHYS 315) – Electrical concepts and measurements. Circuit laws and theorems. Analysis of dc and ac steady state circuits, including phasor analysis techniques and Bode plots. Operational amplifiers and diodes. Digital combinational and sequential logic circuitry. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 170. Recommended: PHYS 211, junior standing. Offered fall. 4 credits. (NW)

ENGR 316 Circuits and Electronics II (also listed as PHYS 316) – Semiconductor materials and solid-state devices. Diode and transistor circuits. Selected topics such as magnetism, inductors, and transformers; second-order ac and dc circuit analysis; Laplace and Fourier transforms; analog to digital conversion; and electronic system design. Completion of an independent project. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: 315. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits. (QR)

ENGR 489 Engineering Design Project – Design an engineering solution to a specified need, incorporating appropriate engineering process and standards and meeting multiple realistic constraints. Research prior knowledge; identify clear design specifications; create prototypes; conduct appropriate experimentation, modeling, and theoretical analysis; and analyze and interpret results. Each student’s individual contribution will address a unique project component or system and be appropriate and sufficient for writing up as a senior thesis. Prerequisites: ENGR 310, and consent of instructor. Recommended: an 8-9 credit sequence to develop practical engineering and science skills, such as: 025, 252, 253; or 315, 316; or COMP 160, 161, 262. Offered fall. 4 credits.

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