Physics Courses (PHYS)

  1. 103 Light and Color
  2. 104 Investigations in Science
  3. 111 Geology
  4. 112 Meteorology
  5. 113 Astronomy
  6. 114 Astronomy-Stars and Galaxies
  7. 115 Sound and Music
  8. 116 Batteries and Bulbs
  9. 122 Energy and Environment
  10. 201 General Physics I
  11. 202 General Physics II
  12. 211 Calculus Applications for General Physics I
  13. 212 Calculus Applications for General Physics II
  14. 239 Galaxies and Cosmology
  15. 231 The Solar System
  16. 232 Stars and Stellar Evolution
  17. 290 Physics in the Community
  18. 316 Quantum Mechanics
  19. 317 Modern Physics
  20. 369 Dynamics
  21. 411 Electricity and Magnetism
  22. 434 Advanced Physics Lab
  23. 444 Advanced Topics in Physics
  24. 450 Internship in Physics
  25. 495 Research Seminar

103 Light and Color

2 Credits

This is a course in how light works. Students will learn how light is produced, what happens to light as it passes through different materials and openings, how color is produced and perceived, and how the human eye works.

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104 Investigations in Science

2 Credits

A survey of applications of physical science and earth science found in the contemporary world, including environmental issues and current affairs.

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111 Geology

2 Credits

This is an introduction to the processes that shape our planet, and the materials and structures created by those processes. Possible topics include minerals and rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, rivers, groundwater, glaciers, plate tectonics and radiometric dating.

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112 Meteorology

2 Credits

A study of weather phenomena and their causes, including sunlight and the atmosphere, air pressure and wind, types and causes of precipitation and weather systems.

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113 Astronomy

2 Credits

This course studies the universe, including seasonal constellations and selected topics from planets, stars, galaxies and cosmology.

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114 Astronomy-Stars and Galaxies

2 Credits

This course includes a study of stars from birth to death, galaxies and galaxy types, and the large-scale-structure of the universe.

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115 Sound and Music

2 Credits

Students will learn about the nature of sound, how sound is produced, how sound is perceived, and what we mean by “pitch.” Students also will learn about how different types of musical instruments work.

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116 Batteries and Bulbs

2 Credits

This course focuses on the physical theories around electricity and magnetism. Basic electrical components such as batteries, capacitors and light-bulbs are investigated, working towards more complex mechanisms such as motors, generators and on to microwave ovens.

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122 Energy and Environment

2 Credits

This course focuses on energy generation and distribution, and on environmental impacts of different types of energy production. Various alternatives to fossil fuels for electricity generation including nuclear, wind, solar (passive and active), biomass and hydro-electric generation are studied.

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201 General Physics I

4 Credits

An algebra-based survey of mechanics and thermodynamics, featuring the description of motion, Newton’s laws of motion and gravity, energy and momentum, rotational motion, work and heat, and the laws of thermodynamics.

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202 General Physics II

4 Credits

An algebra-based continuation of PHYS 201, including electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism, waves (including sound and electromagnetic waves), light and optics.

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211 Calculus Applications for General Physics I

2 Credits

A supplement to PHYS 201 designed for students majoring in engineering, physics, mathematics  or other technical areas.

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212 Calculus Applications for General Physics II

2 Credits

A supplement to PHYS 202 designed for students majoring in engineering, physics, mathematics or other technical areas.

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239 Galaxies and Cosmology

2 Credits

This course is a study of the large-scale structure of the universe. Starting with galaxies and galactic evolution, the scale is extended to consider the cosmos as a whole.

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231 The Solar System

2 Credits

A study of the sky, starting with identifying patterns in the sky as seen by the ancient astronomers and working through the new understanding of the skies developed by modern astronomy.

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232 Stars and Stellar Evolution

2 Credits

This course is the study of the stars in the sky, including nebulae, star clusters and the evolution of stars. The development and theory behind the working of the telescope and other observational instruments, starting with Galileo’s first rudimentary equipment, also is covered.

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290 Physics in the Community

2 Credits

Students will apply physics principles towards creating and delivering presentations for K-12 students or the public at large. The presentations will be designed to enhance science education in the community and might be delivered in schools or at special events.

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316 Quantum Mechanics

2 Credits

Foundations of the sweeping changes that took place in physics in the early twentieth century, including quantization of light, wave-particle duality, the Schrodinger equation, simple quantum systems and the hydrogen atom.

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317 Modern Physics

2 Credits

An examination of additional topics in modern physics, including nuclear physics and special relativity. Additional topics may include astrophysics, solid state physics, particle physics and general relativity.

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369 Dynamics

4 Credits

Mathematical applications of Newton’s laws of motion and classical conservation laws to a variety of physical systems, including oscillators, gravity and orbital dynamics, multi-particle systems  and non-inertial reference frames.

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411 Electricity and Magnetism

4 Credits

This course includes advanced topics in electricity and magnetism. Techniques for solving problems and mathematical theory are developed during the course.

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434 Advanced Physics Lab

2 Credits

Experiments and experimentation in modern physics.

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444 Advanced Topics in Physics

1-4 Credits

Advanced offerings in physics according to student interest and faculty experience.

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450 Internship in Physics

1-6 Credits

Provides the opportunity for students to engage in research with a faculty member.

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495 Research Seminar

1-12 Credits

Provides the opportunity for students to engage in research with a faculty member or at a research laboratory

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