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PHYSICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

A special fee is charged for all courses with laboratories.

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course **

Physics 101. General Physics. An introduction to the basic concepts of mechanics. Physics and pre-engineering majors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced physics courses. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. *

Physics 102. General Physics. A study of  heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 101. Physics and pre-engineering majors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced physics courses. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYSICS 126. Essential Laboratory Techniques (BIOLOGY 126, CHEMISTRy 126, EARTH SCIENCE 126). Good laboratory techniques, skills and safe practices are taught by actual practice in the laboratory. 1 credit.

Physics 201. University Physics. Similar to PHYS 101, but with the calculus used throughout. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 261. Offered on demand. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

Physics 202. University Physics. Similar to PHYS 102, but with the calculus used throughout. Prerequisite: PHYS 201. Offered on demand. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

PHYSICS 292.  Internship in Physics.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics.  1-18 credits.

PHYSICS 295.  Internship in Physics.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics.  1-18 credits.

PHYSICS 311, 312.  Studies Abroad.  Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in physics.  1-18 credits.

Physics 321. Modern Physics. A survey of modern developments in electron, atomic, and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 261. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. **

Physics 322. Nuclear and Particle Physics. A continuation of PHYS 321. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

Physics 324. Thermodynamics. A study of thermal properties of matter; phenomena involved in flow of heat and performance of work. Kinetic theory and statistical mechanics are included. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. 4 lecture periods.  4 credits.

Physics 326. Optics. A study of the nature and behavior of light and other electro-magnetic radiation. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202, MATH 261. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

Physics 331. A.C. and D.C. Circuits. A.C. and D.C. circuits, loop, mesh and nodal analysis, network theorems, dependent sources, RLC circuits, transients, resonance, and electrical measurements. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 261. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

Physics 332. Classical Electricity and Magnetism. Electric and magnetic fields, potentials, resistance, inductance, and capacitance, polarization, magnetic materials, Maxwell’s equations. Prerequisite: MATH 361. 4 lecture periods. 4 credits.

Physics 341. Electronics. An introduction to electronics including A.C. and D.C. analysis and synthesis of transistor amplifier circuits, operational amplifiers and elementary logic circuits. Prerequisite: PHYS 331. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. **

Physics 352. Mechanics. A mathematical study of motion using Newtonian and Lagrangian techniques. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 460. 4 lecture periods. 4 credits.

PHYSICS 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits.

PHYSICS 392.  Internship in Physics.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics.  1-18 credits.

PHYSICS 490.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated.  1-18 credits.

Physics 492. Internship in Physics. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of physics. Enrollment in the course is based on permission of the Director of Physics and Dual-degree Engineering Programs and the coordinator at the internship location, and is subject to availability. Prerequisites: Restricted to physics and pre-engineering majors who have earned a minimum of 60 credits. 15 credits. **

Physics 495. Special Topics in Physics. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered periodically. 1-4 credits.

Physics 496. Research Projects in Physics. Students will carry out research projects under individual supervision of an instructor. The nature of the project will depend on the interest and needs of the student. Consent of instructor and approval of department head is prerequisite for enrollment. May be repeated. 1-4 credits.

Physics 498. Honors Research in Physics. Students conduct research in physics under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits. **

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