2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Physics (PHY)

PHY 100  Physical Science  (3 Credits)  

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PHY 100L  Physical Science Laboratory  (1 Credits)  

Survey of the unity of the physical sciences (astronomy, physics, chemistry, and geology) rather than arbitrary divisions. Emphasis on knowledge of selected facts, principles and methods of science, and the place of science in our modern world.

PHY 152  General Physics  (3 Credits)  

Study of mechancs, heat, sound, electricity,, magnetism, light, and modern physics.

PHY 152L  General Physics Laboratory I  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to investigate the laws and principles of physics and to make conclusions based on observations and analyses.

PHY 153  General Physics  (3 Credits)  

Study of mechancs, heat, sound, electricity,, magnetism, light, and modern physics.

PHY 153L  General Physics Laboratory II  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to investigate the laws and principles of physics and to make conclusions based on observations and analyses.

PHY 154  Physics of Music  (3 Credits)  

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PHY 160  University Physics I  (4 Credits)  

This lecture and recitation course deals with , mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and, magnetism, and modern physics. The course , emphasizes analytical methods with application of , calculus and problem solving., Accompanying laboratories: PHY 250L, 251L

PHY 160L  University Physics Laboratory I  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to investigate the laws and principles of physics and to make conclusions based on observations and analysis.

PHY 161  University Physics II  (4 Credits)  

This lecture and recitation course deals with , mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and, magnetism, and modern physics. The course , emphasizes analytical methods with application of, Calculus and problem solving. , Accompanying laboratories: PHY 250L, 251L.

PHY 161L  University Physics Laboratory II  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to investigate the laws and principles of physics and to make conclusions based on observations and analysis.

PHY 241  Physics Seminar  (1 Credits)  

Presentation and discussion of current topics in all areas of physics. Required of sophomore physics majors

PHY 250  University Physics  (4 Credits)  

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PHY 260  University Physics III  (4 Credits)  

Study of basic concepts and principles oscillatory motion, mechanical waves, electro-magnetic waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, and special relativity. Calculus and vector methods used throughout the course.

PHY 330  University Physics III  (4 Credits)  

Basic concepts and principles of oscillations, , mechanical waves, optics and special relativity , for students majoring in physics, engineering, , chemistry, science, or mathematics. Topics , include: oscillatory motion, mechanical waves, , electro-magnetic waves, geometrical optics, , physical optics, and special relativity. Calculus, and vector methods are used throughout the course.

PHY 345  Mathematical Methods Physical Sciences I  (3 Credits)  

Introductory study of advanced mathematical topics including complex numbers vectors, matrices, series, and differential equations with special emphasis on applications to physics topics.

PHY 350  Modern Physics  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to modern physics including relativity, atomic structure, nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and elementary particles.

PHY 351  Modern Physics  (2 Credits)  

Emphasis on experimental techniques, including G.M. counters, flow counters, absorption of radiation, half-life, range of alpha particles spectroscopy, selected experiments in neutron physics, and selected experiments in radiochemistry. (Two hours laboratory per week).

PHY 356  Heat and Thermodynamics  (3 Credits)  

Examination of thermal equilibrium and the concepts of temperature, thermodynamic systems, work, heat, and the Laws of Thermodynamics, thermal properties of materials, heat engines, reversibility, Carnot's theorem, enthalpy, and the Helmholtz and Gibbs functions. Applications are made to surfaces, pure substances, magnetic materials in a magnetic field, flow processes, chemical reactions, mixture of gases and fuel cells, steam engines and turbines.

PHY 365  Physical Mechanics  (3 Credits)  

Study of elements of vector analysis, laws of dynamics and statics of particles, cables and rigid bodies, central forces and celestial mechanics, theory of vibrations, and special relativity. Survey of mechanics comparable to the classical Newtonian approach, utilizing topics such as generalized coordinates.

PHY 366  Physical Mechanics  (3 Credits)  

Study of elements of vector analysis, laws of dynamics and statics of particles, cables and rigid bodies, central forces and celestial mechanics, theory of vibrations, and special relativity. Survey of mechanics comparable to the classical Newtonian approach, utilizing topics such as generalized coordinates.

PHY 375  Electricity and Magnetism I  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to classical electromagnetic theory. Topics include elements of vector analysis, static and time-dependent electric and magnetic fields, electric and magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic induction, and Maxwell's equations.

PHY 380  Quantum Mechanics I  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to Schrodinger's equation and topics, including free particle wave functions, square well and simple harmonic oscillator potentials, the hydrogen atom, and identical particles.

PHY 397  Introduction to Research  (3 Credits)  

Development in the skills of research, including preparations, fabrication, design and execution of experiments, data analysis. Undergraduate research supervised by a faculty member.

PHY 399  Advanced Laboratory  (2 Credits)  

Introduction to techniques of advanced experimentation and to development of research and in technical writing skills. Experiments in mechanics, heat, electronics, optical spectroscopy, and atomic and nuclear physics.

PHY 445  Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II  (3 Credits)  

Study of advanced mathematical topics including fourier series, calculus of variations, series solutions of differential equations, and partial differential equations, with special emphasis on applications to physics topics.

PHY 468  Optics  (3 Credits)  

Focus on topics from geometrical and physical optics, including circular and elliptical polarization, thick-lens equations, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, interference and dispersion of electromagnetic waves, fiber optics, and optical pumping.

PHY 475  Electricity and Magnetism II  (3 Credits)  

Advanced treatment of classical electromagnetic theory, including electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, electric and magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell's equations and timedependent electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and radiation.

PHY 480  Quantum Mechanics II  (3 Credits)  

Advanced treatment of Schrodinger equation and topics, including free particle wave functions, square well and simple harmonic oscillator potentials, the hydrogen atom, identical particles, perturbation theory, and collision theory. Emphasis on applications to nuclei, atoms, molecules, and solids.

PHY 498  Sr Project I  (2 Credits)  

Preparation and presentation of Senior Project proposal planned with a faculty mentor. Oral report describing the plan is required. A faculty review panel offers suggestions for revisions where needed.

PHY 499  Sr Project II  (2 Credits)  

Supervised investigation of a research problem, including planning, execution, and analysis. Preparation of report, oral presentation, and completion of senior assessment examination required.