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PHY 131: Physical Science
3 Credits
A survey course introducing various laws and concepts of physical science. Emphasis will be placed on principles of physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy, and geology. This course is designed to meet the needs of non- science majors. May not be used as an elective by science majors. Three lectures per week. This class is unsuitable for STEM majors.
Offered: F/S (A)

PHY 241: Physics I
4 Credits
The classical physics topics of motion, energy and thermodynamics will be studied through the use of basic problem solving skills, algebra, and laboratory experiences. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisite: MAT 140. Offered: F (A)

PHY 242: Physics II
4 Credits
In classical physics, topics of electromagnetism and optics will be studied, and the modern physics topics of relativity, quantum mechanics and the atom will be introduced. Problem solving and laboratory skills will continue to be stressed. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in PHY 241. Offered: S (A)

PHY 251: Modern Physics
4 Credits
Major topics covered in this course are relativity, quantum theory of light, particle nature of matter, and an introduction to quantum mechanics, solid state physics, and nuclear physics. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisite: PHY 246. Offered: F (O)

PHY 301: Math Methods of Physics
3 Credits
An introduction to advanced techniques of applied mathematics used in Physics and Chemistry, including applied linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and Laplace’s Transforms.
Prerequisite: MAT 240. Offered: S (E)

PHY 311,312, 411,412: Physics Seminars I, II, III, IV*
1 Credit
Investigation of a topic of current interest in Physics selected by the students in consultation with a Physics faculty.
Prerequisite: PHY 242, Juniors only.

PHY 331: Classical Mechanics
3 Credits
This course will cover statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s equations, fluid statistics, and vibrations.
Prerequisites: PHY 242 and PHY 301, or consent of the instructor. Offered: Spring (E)

PHY 333: Electronics*
4 Credits
This course is designed to provide the students with a basic understanding of electronic devices and circuits. The topics covered are DC and AC circuits, diode circuits and semiconductor devices, and amplifiers. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisite: PHY 242.

PHY 335: Thermal Physics
3 Credits
The topics covered in this course are the study of equation of the state, the laws of thermo- dynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics.
Prerequisite: PHY 242. Offered: F (O)

PHY 345: Electromagnetism
3 Credits
The major topics covered in this course are vector analysis, electrostatic and magneto static fields, Maxwell’s equations, and uniform plane wave propagation.
Prerequisite: PHY 242 and PHY 301. Offered: F (E)

PHY 435: Optics
3 Credits
A course in modern optics covering geometrical, wave and modern optics with application to atomic spectroscopy and lasers.
Prerequisite: PHY 242.

PHY 445: Solid State Physics
3 Credits
An introduction to solid state physics including topics on crystal structures, electron and mechanical waves in crystals, semiconductors, and electric and magnetic properties of solids.
Prerequisite: PHY 331 and 345 or consent of the instructor.

PHY 455: Quantum Mechanics
3 Credits
An introduction to quantum mechanics including topics on wave mechanics, Schrodinger equation and its application for a box, barrier, square well, harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom.
Prerequisite: PHY 331 and 345 or consent of the instructor. Offered: S (O)



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