Course Descriptions 2013-2014

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PHYS 110   Solar System Astronomy   3 credits
An overview of the historical development of astronomy and the basic physical principles that are relevant to it. The overall structure of the solar system is studied and its various components examined.  Includes limited observational activities. Prerequisite: completion of the general education essential skills mathematics requirement. GT-SC2

PHYS 120   Meteorology  3 credits
A summary of the structure of the Earth’s atmosphere, worldwide weather disturbances, weather forecasting, and snow avalanches. This course may not be taken for credit toward the Physics Minor. GT-SC2

PHYS 125  Energy and the Environment  3 credits
A practical study of energy generation and its environmental impact, including the physics of energy fundamentals, fossil fuel use, alternative energy uses, and energy conservation.  Primarily for non-science majors, this course qualitatively details basic physical principles behind the use of energy, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.  This course is designed to provide the student with a physicist’s perspective on energy use and environmental issues.  Prerequisite: completion of the general education essential skills mathematics requirement.

GT-SC2

PHYS 140   Introductory Physics (with laboratory)  4 credits
A semi-quantitative introduction to the fundamental concepts of physical science, particularly the laws of physics as they relate to the structure of matter. Laboratory experiences play an important role in the investigations. This course may not be taken for credit toward the Physics Minor. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 460 or above; MATH 099; Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or above. GT-SC1

PHYS 170   Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)  4 credits
A quantitative lecture and laboratory introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics covered include the motions of particles, forces in nature, field concepts, energy, conservation laws, and many-particle systems. A mathematical proficiency at the level of college algebra is recommended. Prerequisites: PHYS 140 or one year of high school physics; and Accuplacer College-Level Mathematics test score of 95 or above, or MATH 141. CT-SC1

PHYS 171   Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)  4 credits
A continuation of PHYS 170 dealing with electromagnetism, light, thermodynamics, and the atomic structure of matter. Prerequisite: PHYS 170. GT-SC1

PHYS 197   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PHYS 200   General Physics I (with laboratory)  4 credits
A quantitative lecture and laboratory introduction to the basic principles of physics, using the concepts of calculus as a tool. Topics covered include the motions of  particles, forces in nature, field concepts, energy, conservation laws, many-particle systems, and thermodynamics. A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 170 and PHYS 200. Prerequisites: PHYS 140 or one year of high school physics; and completion of MATH 151 preferred but may be taken concurrently. GT-SC1

PHYS 201   General Physics II (with laboratory)  4 credits
A continuation of PHYS 200 dealing with electromagnetism, light, and the atomic structure of matter. A student cannot receive credit for both PHYS 171 and PHYS 201. Prerequisite: PHYS 200.

PHYS 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PHYS 310   Astronomy I  2 credits
A summary of the historical development of astronomy and the pertinent underlying physical principles, including descriptions of the objects comprising the solar system and their motions. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 460 or above; MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or above.

PHYS 311   Astronomy II  2 credits
A discussion of the techniques used to study and classify stars, energy production in stars, stellar structures, stellar evolution, galaxies, cosmological theories, and current developments in astronomy. Prerequisite: PHYS 310.

PHYS 330   Mechanics  3 credits
A treatment of basic mathematical methods including vector analysis, coordinate systems and transformations, particle dynamics, energy, and gravitation. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; MATH 251.

PHYS 350   Electricity and Magnetism I  3 credits
A study of electrostatic fields and potentials, the electrical properties of matter, magnetic phenomena and the magnetic properties of matter. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; MATH 252.

PHYS 351   Electricity and Magnetism II  3 credits
A continuation of PHYS 350 treating direct and alternating currents, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 350.

PHYS 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PHYS 400   Modern Physics  3 credits
A consideration of the inadequacies of classical physics and some of the fundamental advances in physics since 1890, including the special theory of relativity and elementary particle physics.  Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; corequisite: MATH 252.

PHYS 452   Quantum Theory  3 credits
An introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics and its application to various types of natural systems, such as multi-electron atoms, molecules, and solids. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; corequisite: MATH 252.

PHYS 460   Theory and Application of Radioisotopes (with laboratory)  3 credits
Familiarizes the student with the structure of nuclei and the properties of naturally occurring radiations. It also provides an introduction to the experimental techniques necessary in the utilization of radioisotopes in various areas of science. Prerequisite: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201.

PHYS 470   Electronics for Scientists (with laboratory)  3 credits
An introductory lecture and laboratory study of electrical circuits and electronic devices that are of particular importance in science. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; MATH 141 or Accuplacer College-Level Mathematics test score of 95 or above; or score 3 or above on AP Calculus.

PHYS 480   Observational Astronomy  4 credits
A presentation of some of the fundamental concepts of astronomy through a series of observational activities and laboratory exercises supported by appropriate lecture presentations. Motions and intrinsic properties of various astronomical objects are investigated, and some of the tools and methods of modern astronomy are studied. Subjects include constellations, time reckoning, nature and analysis of light, optics, telescopes, photography, and properties of planets, satellites, stars, and galaxies. A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 310-311 and 480. This course may not be taken for credit towards the Physics Minor. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 460 or above; MATH 099; Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or above.

PHYS 490   Geophysics I (with laboratory)  4 credits
Through lecture and field experiences, the seismic techniques of geophysical exploration are emphasized. Prerequisites: CIS 190, GEOL 201, and PHYS 200; corequisite: MATH 252.

PHYS 491   Geophysics II (with laboratory)  4 credits
Lecture and field experiences are used to introduce gravity, magnetic, and electrical methods of geophysical exploration. Prerequisites: CIS 190, GEOL 201, MATH 252, and PHYS 201.

PHYS 493   Special Problems in Physics  1-4 credits
An investigation which is tailored to the interests and background of the individual     student. It may be of an experimental nature.

PHYS 497   Special Topics   1-6 credits