Courses

PHYS 103 Fundamental Physics I

The first half of a full-year elementary physics course using trigonometry, but not calculus, with emphasis on biological applications of physics. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed Physics 201.) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Robb M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Fall 2014 D. Robb M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 103L Fundamental Physics I Lab

The first half of a full-year elementary physics course using trigonometry, but not calculus, with emphasis on biological applications of physics. (May not betaken for credit by students who have co mpleted Physics 201.) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2014 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Fall 2014 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2014 B. Price Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Fall 2015 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2015 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Fall 2015 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2015 B. Price Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 104 Fundamental Physics II

The second half of a full-year elementary physics course using trigonometry, but not calculus, with emphasis on biological applications of physics. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed Physics 202.) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-103 or PHYS-201

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 D. Robb M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Spring 2015 D. Robb M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Spring 2015 D. Robb M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 104L Fundamental Physics II Lab

The second half of a full-year elementary physics course using trigonometry, but not calculus, with emphasis on biological applications of physics. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed Physics 202.) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 B. Price M 2:20PM-5:20PM
Spring 2014 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2014 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2015 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2015 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2015 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2016 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2016 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2016 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM

PHYS 190 Phys. & Engineering Colloquium

An on-going discussion of the differences between physics, engineering, and other sciences, all within the context of problem-solving, disciplinary content, the scientific process, the role and boundaries of science, new discovery and cutting edge technology, and historical biography. (1) 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Robb Th 2:50PM-4:50PM
Fall 2015 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-4:50PM

PHYS 201 Newtonian Mechanics

A calculus-based, rigorous introduction to classical mechanics, wave phenomena, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments MATH-121 or MATH-118

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Fleenor M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2016 M. Fleenor M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 201L Newtonian Mechanics Lab

A calculus-based, rigorous introduction to classical mechanics, wave phenomena, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2015 B. Price Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2016 D. Robb Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 202 Electricity and Magnetism

Continuation of 201; electricity and magnetism, light, and some applications of classical physics. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-201 and MATH-122 or MATH-119

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 R. Balasubramanian M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Fall 2015 D. Robb M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 202L Electricity & Magnetism Lab

Continuation of 201; electricity and magnetism, light, and some applications of classical physics. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 R. Balasubramanian Th 3:15PM-6:15PM
Fall 2015 D. Robb Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 203 Modern Physics

Continuation of 201-202 series concentr ating on special and general relativity, quantum theories, and selected applicat ions. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 D. Robb M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2016 M. Fleenor M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHYS 203L Modern Physics Lab

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2016 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 205 Research Experience

A research project in physics. May be repeated for credit. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 D. Robb
Spring 2014 M. Fleenor
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor
Spring 2015 R. Balasubramanian

PHYS 315 Experimental Analysis

Experiments in topics in advanced physic s. Theory of data analysis. Lecture: 3 h rs/wk; Laboratory: 6 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Fleenor T/Th 8:30AM-11:30AM

PHYS 350 Electromagnetic Theory

Electrostatics, magnetism, direct curre nt circuits. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 D. Robb M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHYS 370 Thermal Physics

Thermal behavior of systems; energy and entropy; equations of state; changes of phase; elements of continuum and statist ical approaches. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Robb M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHYS 390 Quantum Mechanics

Origins of quantum theory, Schoedinger equation, centrosymmetric potentials, an gular momentum, scattering, perturbation theory, and radiation. Lecture: 3 hrs/w k. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 R. Balasubramanian M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor

PHYS 405 Independent Study in Physics

A research project in physics that results in the porduction of a scholarly paper and an oral presentation. May be repeated for credit. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Robb

PHYS 406 Independent Study in Physics

A research project in physics that results in the production of a scholarly paper and an oral presentation. May be repeated for credit. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 R. Balasubramanian
Fall 2014 M. Fleenor
Summer Term 1, 2014 R. Grant
Spring 2014 R. Grant
Spring 2015 R. Balasubramanian
Spring 2015 M. Fleenor

PHYS 416 Internship

Field experience in a physics-related ar ea such as health physics in an appropri ate industry or business. Permission of the department. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 1, 2014 R. Grant
Spring 2014 R. Grant

PHYS 432 Theoretical Mechanics

Central force motion, coupled systems, rigid body motion, the Lagrangian formul ation. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202 and MATH-331

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 R. Balasubramanian M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHYS 452 Biological Physics

The role of physical theory, models, an d experimental techniques in the study o f biological systems. Topics include bio mechanics, transport through membranes, feedback and control, nuclear radiation effects, nuclear medicine, models of che moreception, and electrical properties o f cells and organisms. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk . 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 D. Robb M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHYS 456 Astrophysics

An introduction to the foundational theories and unifying nature of the subject of astrophysics. Principles to be studied include interstellar structure and radiative theory, stellar formation and evolution sequences, galaxy observations and environments, and cosmology. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Fleenor M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHYS 457 Physics of Material

An introduction to the physics of materials including the collective behavior of atoms and molecules, crystal structure, mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic properties of metals, electronic materials, composites, and nanostructures. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 R. Balasubramanian M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 480 Senior Seminar: Phys Capstone

Advanced study in selected topics in a s eminar format. Scientific presentation s kills and review of all areas of physics . 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 R. Balasubramanian M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2016 D. Robb M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHYS 495 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminat ing in a paper, artistic creation, or pe rformance. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Robb