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Course Descriptions

BS General track course description
PHYS1111K    Introductory Physics I
3-3-4
Prerequisite: MATH 1113
An introductory course, which will include material from mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

PHYS1112K    Introductory Physics II
3-2-4
Prerequisite: PHYS 1111K or PHYS 2211K
An introductory course, which will include electrostatics, electric current and circuits, and electromagnetism, and may also include optics, and modern physics. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

PHYS2211K    Principles of Physics I
3-3-4
Prerequisites: MATH2253
An introductory course, which will include material from mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves. Elementary calculus will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work. This course may be substituted for PHYS 1111K in any curriculum, but credit will not be allowed for both PHYS 1111K and PHYS 2211K.

PHYS2212K    Principles of Physics II
3-2-4
Prerequisites: MATH2254, PHYS2211K
An introductory course which will include electrostatics, electric current and circuits, and electromagnetism, and may also include optics, and modern physics. Elementary calculus will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work. This course may be substituted in any curriculum for PHYS 1112K, but credit will not be allowed for both PHYS 1112K and PHYS 2212K.

PHYS 2213K Introduction to Thermal and Modern Physics
2-0-2
Prerequisites: MATH 2254, (PHYS 2211 or PHYS 1111) and (PHYS 2212 or PHYS 1112)
An introductory course that will include thermal physics (thermal properties of matter, first and second laws of thermodynamics), and modern physics (relativity, quantum theory, atoms, nuclei). Elementary calculus will be used

PHYS3210    Intermediate Mechanics
4-0-4
Prerequisites: MATH2306, a grade of C or better in PHYS2211K
A survey of Newtonian dynamics of particles and systems of particles, including Lagrange's
equations, central force systems, and the theory of small vibrations.

PHYS3220    Electromagnetism I
3-0-3
Prerequisites: MATH2255, a grade of C or better inPHYS2212K
A survey of fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, including electrostatic fields, magnetic fields of steady currents, and time-dependent electromagnetic fields.

PHYS3230K    Optics
3-0-3
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PHYS2212K
Fundamentals and applications of geometric and physical optics.

PHYS3410K    Electronics Lab
1-3-2
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in, PHYS2212K
A study of discrete and integrated circuits that are commonly found in the physics laboratory.

PHYS3500    Introduction to Computational Physics
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PHYS2212K
1-3-2
An introduction to computational physics problem solving, primarily using Windows-based
MathCad, but also including an introduction to Maple.  Topics include equation solving, the use of vectors and matrices, 2-D and 3-D graphics, differential equation solving, simple
programming, and the analysis and simulation of physical processes.  Both numeric and
symbolic methods are covered.

PHYS3710    Modern Physics
4-0-4
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PHYS 2212K
An introduction to the concepts and calculations involved in understanding the structure of matter and the world of the quantum.  Topics include the Planck theory of radiation, particle/wave duality, Schrodinger equation solutions for simple potentials, and properties of the one-electron atom. Applications of quantum principles to atomic, molecular, and nuclear structure are also considered as time permits.

PHYS3720L    Modern Physics Lab
0-3-1
Prerequisite: PHYS3710 or concurrently
A selection of experiments from Modern Physics that complement the material in PHYS 3710, Modern Physics.

PHYS3730    Relativity
2-0-2
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PHYS2212K
A thorough exposition of the principles of Special Relativity and an introduction to the
General Theory of Relativity.

PHYS4210 Quantum Physics
4-0-4
Prerequisite: PHYS3710
A systematic development of quantum mechanical laws, emphasizing solutions to Schrodinger's equation.

PHYS4220     Electromagnetism II
3-0-3
Prerequisite: PHYS3220
A study of electromagnetic fields in matter, and of electromagnetic waves and their propagation.  Emphasis will be given to calculation techniques.

PHYS 4230 Thermal Physics
4-0-4
Prerequisite: PHYS 2213K, a grade of C or better in PHYS 2212K
A study of the principles of thermal equilibrium, physical statistics, irreversible processes, and the approach to equilibrium.

PHYS4240    Solid State Physics
3-0-3
Prerequisite: PHYS3710
bonding, spectra of diatomic molecules, binding forces and bonding theory in solids, and
application to solid state devices.

PHYS4410K    Advanced Measurement Laboratory
1-3-2
Prerequisite: PHYS3410K
An introduction to instrument control, data acquisition, and data analysis of the type used in
research labs. The student will then incorporate these techniques in the design of experiments important to classical and/or contemporary physics.  This course will be writing intensive and will require extensive formal reports.

PHYS4430    Capstone
1-0-1
Prerequisite: Approved petition for graduation
Students will complete a capstone physics project during the last year on campus.  The content and subject of this project will be negotiated between the student and the faculty
supervisor of the project.

PHYS 4901-4905 Special Topics
1 to 5 hours
Prerequisite: PHYS 1112K or PHYS 2212K
Special topics selected by the department. Offered on a demand basis