Course credit hours are indicated in parenthesis following the course title. Click on the course title for more information.
- 101: Liberal Arts Physics (3)
- 102: Planetary and Stellar Astronomy (3)
- 106: Physics of Music (3)
- 111: College Physics I (3)
- 112: College Physics II (3)
- 125: General Physics I (4)
- 126: General Physics II (3)
- 111L: College Physics Laboratory I (1)
- 112L: College Physics Laboratory II (1)
- 125L: General Physics Laboratory I (1)
- 126F: Freshman Project (1)
- 126L: General Physics Laboratory II (1)
- 235: Modern Physics (3)
- 235L: Modern Physics Laboratory (1)
- 238: Intermediate Physics Laboratory (1)
- 301: Mathematical Methods in Physics (3)
- 303: Electronics I (3)
- 303L: Electronics I Laboratory (1)
- 310: Optics (3)
- 301L: Optics Laboratory (1)
- 314: Theoretical Mechanics I (3)
- 315: Theoretical Mechanics II (3)
- 328: Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
- 351: Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
- 352: Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
- 361: Quantum Mechanics (3)
- 366: Microcomputer Design and Interfacing (COMP 366) (3)
- 380-381: Special Topics (3)
- 398H-399H: Honors Tutorial (3)
101: Liberal Arts Physics (3)
Lecture and demonstration. A course for non-science majors that emphasizes the beauty, symmetry, and simplicity of physics through actual practice. Topics selected from classical and modern physics; contemporary issues of physics and technology are discussed. Prerequisites: High school algebra, high school geometry.
102: Planetary and Stellar Astronomy (3)
Lecture and observation. Astronomy of the solar system and planetary science as well as the astronomy of stars and galaxies. This includes study of the Earth and comparative study of the planets, as well as the birth, evolution, and death of stars, clustering of stars and galaxies, the expanding universe, and cosmology.
106: Physics of Music (3)
Lecture and demonstration. Language, structure, history and styles of music; motion, force, energy and waves applied to production of sound; physical properties of instruments and musical acoustics.
111: College Physics I (3)
Lecture and discussion. This course provides a comprehensive, non-calculus introduction to physics. Vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; heat. Prerequisites: College algebra or equivalent; trigonometry and geometry.
125: General Physics I (4)
Lecture and discussion. Together with 126, this provides a comprehensive, calculus-based introduction to physics, designed for physics majors or minors or pre-engineers. Vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; heat. Prerequisite: MATH 161
126F: Freshman Project (1)
Under the guidance of a faculty member, students carry out research in the area of mechanics, waves or thermodynamics. The project must involve the submission of a proposal, building of a set-up, carrying out related theoretical calculation followed by experimentation.
235: Modern Physics (3)
Lecture only. Special relativity, blackbody spectrum, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr atom, DeBroglie waves, Schroedinger equation and applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 126 or PHYS 114; MATH 263 (may be taken concurrently)
301: Mathematical Methods in Physics (3)
Lecture and computer laboratory. Mathematical and computer methods in physics and engineering. Topics include vector calculus, functions of a complex variable, phasors, Fourier analysis, linear transformations, matrices, first and second order differential equations, special functions, numerical and symbolic computer applications. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 263
303: Electronics I (3)
Lecture. Direct and alternating current circuit analysis, resonant circuits, junction diode circuits, transistor amplifiers, operational amplifiers, oscillators and multivibrators. Prerequisites: MATH 162; PHYS 114 or PHYS 126
303L: Electronics I Laboratory (1)Laboratory. Students will learn to use various electronic components, instruments, techniques and applications. This course complements PHYS303, which is a co-requisite.
310: Optics (3)
Lecture. Electromagnetic nature of light, polarization, Fresnel relations, imaging, interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, selected topics from Fourier optics, lasers, and holography. Prerequisites: MATH 263 and PHYS 235
328: Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
Concepts of temperature and heat, equations of state, laws of thermodynamics and applications, fundamental principles and simple applications of statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MATH 263 and PHYS 235
351: Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
Applications of vector calculus to electric fields and potentials. Solutions of Laplace's Equation. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic field energy. Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: MATH 263, MATH 264, PHYS 126 and PHYS 301
366: Microcomputer Design and Interfacing (COMP 366) (3)
Lecture and laboratory. Microprocessor design; memory devices; interface languages; basic I/O; data acquisition, manipulation and transfer circuitry; support devices and computer interfaces. Individual projects constitute a significant part of the course. Prerequisite: PHYS 266 or MATH 362.
391: Research (1-3)
Research under the direction of a physics faculty member, usually related to the faculty members research interests or courses. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson