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.

# Courses

**PHYS**

**110**

**SOLAR SYSTEM ASTRONOMY GSC2**

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.

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**PHYS**

**115**

**PHYSICS OF MUSIC**

A practical introduction to the physics of sound, with emphasis on music. Students investigate the properties of sounds produced by musical instruments. Topics include periodic functions, waves, resonance, overtones, frequency spectra, digital sound production and basic acoustic principles. 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.

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**PHYS**

**120**

**METEOROLOGY GSC2**

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.

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**PHYS**

**125**

**ENERGY THE ENVIRONMENT GSC1**

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 will qualitatively detail 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.

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**PHYS**

**125**

**ENERGY THE ENVIRONMENT**

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 will qualitatively detail 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.

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**PHYS**

**140**

**INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS LAB GSC1**

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.

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**PHYS**

**140**

**INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS GSC1**

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.

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**PHYS**

**170**

**PRIN OF PHYSICS I LAB GSC1**

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.

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**PHYS**

**170**

**PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I GSC1**

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.

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**PHYS**

**171**

**PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II GSC1**

A continuation of PHYS 170 dealing with electromagnetism, light, thermodynamics, and the atomic structure of matter. Prerequisite: PHYS 170.

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**PHYS**

**171**

**PRINCIPLES PHYSICS II LAB GSC1**

A continuation of PHYS 170 dealing with electromagnetism, light, thermodynamics, and the atomic structure of matter. Prerequisite: PHYS 170.

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**PHYS**

**200**

**GENERAL PHYSICS I GSC1**

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 200. Prerequisites: PHYS 140 or one year of high school physics; and completion of MATH 151 preferred but may be taken concurrently.

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**PHYS**

**200**

**GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB GSC1**

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 200. Prerequisites: PHYS 140 or one year of high school physics; and completion of MATH 151 preferred but may be taken concurrently.

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**PHYS**

**201**

**GENERAL PHYSICS II GSC1**

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 201. Prerequisite: PHYS 200.

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**PHYS**

**201**

**GENERAL PHYSICS II LAB**

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 201. Prerequisite: PHYS 200.

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**PHYS**

**320**

**MODERN PHYSICS**

An introduction to the special theory of relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics, and sub-atomic physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 171 or PHYS 201; prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 251.

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**PHYS**

**330**

**MECHANICS**

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.

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**PHYS**

**452**

**QUANTUM THEORY**

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.

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