PHYS~10UX Courses

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9 10 11 12 13 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Physics (PHYS) The numbers of weekly lecture and laboratory hours associated with each course are designated by (lecture:lab) following the semester hours (1 lab hour = 3 contact hours). Additional laboratory work may be required to complete the assignments. All courses involving labs will require appropriate fees. PHYS 1401 (PHYS 1401) 4 sem. hrs. (3:3) GENERAL PHYSICS I Introduction to Newtonian physics. Topics include Aristotelian physics and its overthrow, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, and the motion of particles, rigid bodies and fluids. The idea of the universe as a law-governed system will be developed. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. This course counts toward the natural science component of University Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or placement beyond MATH 1314. PHYS 1402 (PHYS 1402) GENERAL PHYSICS II 4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Introduction to oscillatory and wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism. The classical theory of fields will be used to study electric and magnetic phenomena, including light, and their role in modern technology. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. This course counts toward the natural science component of University Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or placement beyond MATH 1314, and PHYS 1401 or PHYS 2425. PHYS 2425 (PHYS 2425) 4 sem. hrs. (3:3) UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I A calculus based introduction to Newtonian physics. Topics include Aristotelian physics and its overthrow, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, and the motion of particles, rigid bodies, and fluids. The idea of the universe as a law-governed system will be developed. Laboratory activities provide introduction to empirical methods in science. This course counts toward the natural science component of University Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 or placement beyond MATH 2413. PHYS 2426 (PHYS 2426) UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II 4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Calculus based introduction to oscillatory and wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism. The classical theory of fields will be used to study electric and magnetic phenomena, including light, and their role in modern technology. This course counts toward the natural science component of University Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: PHYS 2425 and MATH 2414 (or placement beyond MATH 2414). PHYS 3311. 3 sem. hrs. CLASSICAL MECHANICS (3:0) Fundamentals of classical mechanics. Topics include particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions: conservation laws; dynamics of a system of particles; motion of rigid bodies; central 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 force problems; accelerating coordinate systems; Newton’s theory of gravitation; Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s formulations of classical mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2426. Corequisite: MATH 3315. PHYS 3312. 3 sem. hrs. MODERN PHYSICS (3:0) A course in special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include relativistic description of space-time, relativistic energy and momentum, the uncertainty principle, Schrödinger’s equation, observables and operators, bound states, potential barriers, and the quantum description of the hydrogen atom. Prerequisite: PHYS 2426. Corequisite: MATH 3315. PHYS 3490. 1-4 sem. hrs. SELECTED TOPICS Subject materials will be chosen from Electromagnetic Field Theory, Thermodynamics, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Waves and Optics, Advanced Modern Physics, Quantum Theory, Computational Physics, Geophysics, Environmental Physics and Medical Physics. May be repeated for credit if topics selected are different. Prerequisites vary. Instructor’s permission required. PHYS 4496. 1-4 sem. hrs. DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY Requires a formal proposal of study to be completed in advance of registration and to be approved by the supervising faculty, the Chairperson, and the Dean of the College.

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