PHYS - Physics


Course Descriptions

PHYS 1710 College Physics I (3)
PHYS 1711 College Physics I: Lab (1)

An introduction to physics using an algebra-based approach to explore the fundamental laws of nature. Topics covered include: kinematics, mechanics, forces, circular motion, energy, momentum, oscillations, and sound waves. This course will focus on developing problem solving skills and strategies applicable to a wide range of scientific problems. Laboratory required. PHYS 1710 and PHYS 1711 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: MATH 1430 or permission of instructor. Offered in fall semesters.

PHYS 1720 College Physics II (3)
PHYS 1721 College Physics II: Lab (1)

Continues and builds on PHYS 1710/1711 using an algebra-based approach to explore the fundamental laws of nature. Topics covered include: voltage, resistance, direct and alternating currents, DC electrical circuits, magnetism, light, optics, lenses, and wave interference and diffraction. This course will focus on developing problem solving skills and strategies applicable to a wide range of scientific problems. Laboratory required. PHYS 1720 and PHYS 1721 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: PHYS 1710 permission of instructor. Offered in spring semesters.

PHYS 2030 University Physics I (3)
PHYS 2031 University Physics I: Lab (1)

An introduction to physics using a calculus-based approach to explore the fundamental laws of nature. Topics covered include: vectors, kinematics, mechanics, dynamics, forces, torque, circular motion, energy, momentum, oscillations, harmonic motion, and sound waves. This course is mathematically intensive and focuses on developing problem solving skills and strategies. Laboratory required.  PHYS 2030 and PHYS 2031 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: MATH 1610 or permission of instructor. Offered in fall semesters.

PHYS 2040 University Physics II (3)
PHYS 2041 University Physics II: Lab (1)

Continues and builds on PHYS 2030/2031 using a calculus-based approach to explore the fundamental laws of nature.  Topics covered include: voltage, resistance, direct and alternating currents, AC/DC electrical circuits, magnetics and electromagnetism, electric and magnetic fields, light, optics, wave interference and diffraction, and atomic spectroscopy. This course is mathematically intensive and focuses on developing problem solving skills and strategies. Laboratory required. PHYS 2040 and PHYS 2041 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: PHYS 2030 or permission of instructor. Offered in spring semesters.

PHYS 4700 Independent Research in Physics I (1-4)

A specialized course for students working on an independent, research-oriented project in a topic of current interest. Students should select among the equivalent courses BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4700 for the one that is most consistent with their chosen project. For PHYS 4700, the topic should have a primary basis in Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Also offered during the summer term.

PHYS 4710 Independent Research in Physics II (1-4)

A specialized course for students working on an independent, research-oriented project in a topic of current interest. Students should select among the equivalent courses BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4710 for the one that is most consistent with their chosen project. For PHYS 4710, the topic should have a primary basis in Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Also offered during the summer term.

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