Academic Catalog

Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 101  Introductory Physics I (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course is for students requiring noncalculus based physics. It is a presentation of the fundamentals of physics emphasizing mechanics, heat and wave motion. Physics is treated as a living, expanding adventure that can turn you on to a more perceptive view of physical reality. Insight into the structure, the beauty and the importance of physics is achieved by study and discussion of the central ideas and principles of physics and their relation to the everyday environment. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of laboratory and 15 hours of discussion per semester. Usually offered in fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 109

PHYS 102  Introductory Physics II (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course is for students requiring noncalculus based physics, presenting fundamentals of physics including electromagnetism, relativity, structure of matter, atomic and nuclear physics. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture, 30 hours of laboratory and 15 hours of discussion per semester. Usually offered in spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101

PHYS 200  General Physics I Lab (GL)  (1 credit)  

This is an introductory laboratory course designed to accompany General Physics I (Physics 203) that explores basic physical concepts in vectors, laws of motion, force and energy; and principles of mechanics, collisions, linear and angular momentum, rotation and gravitation. Course meets for 45 hours per semester. Pre or co-requisite: PHYS 203

Prerequisite(s): MATH 203, PHYS 203

PHYS 203  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics (GS)  (3 credits)  

This course is the first semester of a calculus-based general physics course sequence. Laws of motion, force and energy; and principles of mechanics, collisions, linear momentum, rotation and gravitation are studied and used for problem solving. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture and 15 hours of discussion/problem solving per semester. Usually offered in spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 203

PHYS 204  General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (GL)  (4 credits)  

This second semester of a calculus-based general physics course sequence covers vibrations, waves and fluids; heat, kinetic theory and thermodynamics; electrostatics, circuits and magnetism. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture, 45 hours of laboratory, and 15 hours of discussion/problem solving per semester. Usually offered in fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 203 and MATH 204

PHYS 205  General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light Relativity and Modern Physics  (4 credits)  

This third semester of a calculus-based general physics sequence covers electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, special theory of relativity, and modern physics. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture, 45 hours of laboratory, and 15 hours of discussion/problem solving per semester. Usually offered in spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 204