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Course Descriptions

NSM202/COR202 The Scientific Enterprise (4)
See Core Curriculum.

*NSM218 Newton to Einstein (4)
See divisional course descriptions. Core physical  science lab option for students entering before fall 2009. Lab fee.

*PHY119, 120  General Physics I, II (4, 4)
Noncalculus introduction to physics including classical mechanics, wave motion, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: high school algebra and trigonometry. PHY119 is a core physical science lab option for students entering before 2009 and fulfills core Natural World theme. Lab fee.

*PHY121, 122  Introductory Physics I, II (4, 4)
Calculus-based introduction to physics including classical mechanics, wave motion, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics. Laboratory included. Corequisites: MAT141, 142, 223 or equivalent. PHY121 is a core physical science lab option for students entering before 2009. Lab fee.

PHY125 Introduction to Engineering and the Applied Sciences (2)
Overview of engineering and applied science professions, concentrating on common engineering themes; emphasis on experimental and problem-solving skills including introduction to MATLAB and LabView. Laboratory included. Lab fee.

PHY130 First-Year Physics Seminar (1)
Conceptual survey of some "big ideas" in physics such as relationship between conservation laws and symmetry, entropy, wave-particle duality, quantum theory, relativity theory and astro-particle physics.

PHY214/MAT214 Mathematical Methods in Physics I (4)
Complex algebra, vector algebra, matrices, vector spaces, systems of linear equations, vector calculus, Fourier series and transforms. Prerequisite: MAT223.

PHY216 Statics (4)
Study of systems under influence of external forces; topics include rigid body equilibrium, distributed forces, structures, forces in beams and cables, friction, virtual work; examples from wide variety of disciplines. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: PHY121 and PHY125. Corequisite: MAT142. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

*PHY224 Astronomy (4)
Important topics in modern astronomy for both science and nonscience majors including planetary objects, normal stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and origin of universe. Core physical science nonlab option for students entering before fall 2009. Fulfills core Natural World theme.

PHY225 Electronics (4)
Laboratory-oriented introduction to AC circuit analysis and analog electronics including complex algebra and phasor methods, network theorems, resonance, electronic devices, power supplies, operational amplifiers and transistor amplifiers and oscillators. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHY122. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

PHY236  Modern Physics (4)
Considers special relativity, quantization, wavelike properties of particles, Schrodinger equation; introductory atomic, molecular, nuclear and particle physics. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHY122. Corequisite: PHY214. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

PHY313/MAT313 Mathematical Methods in Physics II (4)
Introduces partial differential equations, special functions and polynomials, complex analysis, Monte Carlo methods. Prerequisite: MAT214. (Offered upon sufficient demand.)

PHY314  Mechanics (4)

Newtonian mechanics including study of conservation theorems, gravitation and oscillations, calculus of variations, Hamilton's Principle, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion, multiparticle systems, noninertial frames, rigid bodies. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHY121. Corequisite: PHY214. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

PHY328 Strength of Materials (4)
Topics include stress and strain, beam deflection, thin-walled members, columns, and survey of general classes of materials with objective of equipping students to analyze load-bearing structures; examples from wide variety of disciplines. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHY125. Corequisite: MAT225. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

PHY339  Electricity and Magnetism I (4)
Theory of electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, dia-, para- and ferromagnetism, induction, Maxwell's equations. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: PHY122. Corequisite: PHY214. (Alternate years.) Lab fee.

PHY340  Electricity and Magnetism II (4)
Theory of electroynamics applied to electromagnetic waves, radiation and relativity. Prerequisite: PHY339. (Offered upon sufficient demand.)

PHY341 Optics (4)

Fundamentals of geometrical and physical optics including reflection, refraction, aberrations, interference, diffraction, polarization and dispersion. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHY122. (Offered upon sufficient demand.) Lab fee.

PHY355  Quantum Mechanics (4)
Covers wave function time independent Schrodinger equation for variety of systems including hydrogen atom, identical particles, perturbation theory, scattering. Prerequisite: PHY236. (Alternate years.)

PHY371  Selected Topics in Physics (1–4)
Topics which are not presented elsewhere in curriculum. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Offered upon sufficient demand.) Repeatable when different topic. Lab fee when appropriate.

PHY372 Thermal Physics (4)

Statistical properties of systems composed of large numbers of particles including classical and quantum distribution functions, thermodynamic concepts and functions, kinetic theory of gases. Prerequisite: PHY122. (Alternate years.)

PHY391, 392 Junior Seminar I, II (0, 0)
Explores current research, post-baccalaureate education and employment, theological, philosophical and ethical issues in physics and chemistry.

PHY471, 472 Research I, II (1-4, 1-4)
Research under supervision of faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of supervising faculty member. Lab fee.

PHY491, 492 Senior Seminar I, II (1, 1)
Explores current research, post-baccalaureate education and employment, theological, philosophical and ethical issues in physics and chemistry.

*Fulfills Core Curriculum requirement.