Courses

PHYS 102 Intro Physics for Life Science

This course provides an overview of topics in physics that are of particular importance to the life and medical sciences. The course is non-calculus based and covers mechanics (units, motion, biomechanics, energy), electricity and magnetism, heat, atomic and nuclear physics, fluids, waves, and instrumentations, all in the context of biological systems. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed PHYS 201; credit may not be received for both PHYS 102 and PHYS 103.) (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-102L

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 H. Assi M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM

PHYS 102L Intro Physics for Life Sci Lab

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-102

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2020 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Fall 2020 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM

PHYS 103 Fundamental Physics I

Algebra and trigonometry-based introduction to classical mechanics including the equations of motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotation, fluid dynamics, waves and sound. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed PHYS 201; credit may not be received for both PHYS 102 and PHYS 103.) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Take PHYS-103L

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 H. Assi 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.

Pre-requisites/Comments Take PHYS-103

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2020 B. Price Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Fall 2020 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 104 Fundamental Physics II

Algebra-and trigonometry-based introduction to classical mechanics including the equations of motion, forces, erengy, mementum, rotation, fluid dynamics, waves and sound. (May not be taken for credit by students who have completed Physics 202.) (1)Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS 102 or PHYS 103 or PHYS 201. Take PHYS-104L

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 H. Assi M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2021 H. Assi 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.

Pre-requisites/Comments Take PHYS-104

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2020 B. Price T 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2021 B. Price T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2021 B. Price T 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. (1/2) Lecture: 2 hrs/wk. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 D. Robb Th 2:50PM-4:50PM

PHYS 201 Newtonian Mechanics

Calculus-based, introduction to classical mechanics inclduing forceses and motion, energy, momentum, rotation, fluid dynamics, waves and sound.(1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments MATH-121 or MATH-118 Take PHYS-201L

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 M. Fleenor M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2021 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.

Pre-requisites/Comments Take PHYS-201

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 B. Price Th 6:00PM-9:00PM
Spring 2020 H. Assi Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2021 R. Balasubramanian T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2021 R. Balasubramanian Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 202 Electricity and Magnetism

Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism, light, and optics including interference phenomena. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-201 and MATH-122 or MATH-119 Take PHYS-202L

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 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.

Pre-requisites/Comments Take PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 M. Fleenor T 2:50PM-5:50PM
Fall 2020 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 203 Modern Physics

Calculus-based introduction to quantum phenomena, atomic and nuclear structure, optics, and applications. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-202

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 D. Robb M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2021 D. Robb M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHYS 203L Modern Physics Lab

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM
Spring 2021 M. Fleenor Th 2:50PM-5:50PM

PHYS 205 Research Experience

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

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 M. Fleenor

PHYS 270 Math Methods for Physics

This intermediate-level course introduces mathematical topics needed by second year physics majors to be successfully prepared for handling upper-level physics courses. Topics are designed to elucidate applications in physics using vector analysis, coordinate systems, matrix methods, ordinary differential and partial differential equations, Div-Grad-Curl techniques, Infinite series, complex analysis, Fourier and Laplace transforms. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-201 PHYS-202 MATH-122.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 H. Assi M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2021 H. Assi M/W/F 2:20PM-3:20PM

PHYS 299 Fluid Mechanics

Introductory Special Topics courses will provide significant review of fundamental physical concepts and phenomena within a specific sub-disciplinary context. These courses will display how various phenomena in physics are applied to sub-disciplinary questions and how seemingly disparate concepts fit together within the particular sub-discippline. Introductory Special Topics coursework is intended for students at all levels within the physics program, from potential minor to upper-level major. Course may be repeated for credit. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments MATH-118 OR MATH-121 PHYS-201

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 M. Fleenor M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHYS 310 Experimental Analysis

Laboratory experiments related to advanced and modern topics in physics. Data analysis, error propagation, and written and oral scientific presentation skills. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS-203

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 M. Fleenor T/Th 8:30AM-11:30AM
Spring 2021 D. Robb T/Th 8:30AM-11:30AM

PHYS 330 Theoretical Mechanics

Developed examination of central force motion, coupled systems, rigid body motion, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS 203

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 R. Balasubramanian T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHYS 370 Thermal Physics

Examination of the thermal behavior of systems, equations of state, phase transitions, and elements of continuum and statistical approaches. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS 203

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 D. Robb M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

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

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 3, 2020 M. Fleenor
Spring 2020 R. Balasubramanian

PHYS 410 Biological Physics

Examination of the role of physical theory, models, and experimental techniques in the study of biological systems. Topics may include biomechanics, membrane transport, electromagnetic properties of cells and organisms, and medical instrumentation. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments PHYS 203

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 D. Robb M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHYS 416 Internship

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

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 3, 2020 R. Balasubramanian

PHYS 450 Physics of Materials

Focused study of 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 203

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2021 R. Balasubramanian T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHYS 490 Sr. Seminar: Physics Capstone

Advanced study in selected topics in a seminar format. Scientific presentation skills and review of all areas of physics. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 D. Robb M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2021 M. Fleenor M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHYS 496 Honors Project

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

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2020 D. Robb