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Physics (PHYS)


2010-2012 Catalog

Physics (PHYS)

100 Astronomy (4) Includes a brief history of astronomy, the study of the motions and structures of the Earth, the moon, the sun, planets, stars and galaxies and consideration of cosmological theories. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class. F10, F11

107 Algebra-Based Physics I (4) Designed for students majoring in the humanities, education, medical sciences, or biological sciences. Not open to students with a major in Chemistry or Mathematics. Prerequisite: high school algebra. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class. F10, F11

108 Algebra-Based Physics II (4) Continuation of PHYS 107. Prerequisite: C- or better in PHYS 107 or consent of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

160 Physical Science (4) Laboratory-oriented course covering the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Sciences laboratory class, recommended for elementary education majors. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

201 Calculus-Based Physics I (5) Mechanics and heat. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class. Prerequisite: MATH 240. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.)  F10, F11

202 Calculus-Based Physics II (5) Electro-magnetism, light and sound. Prerequisites: PHYS 201 and MATH 241. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

205 Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics I (1) Supplemental to introductory non-calculus-based PHYS 107 course. Covers the calculus applications which are normally covered in the calculus-based course Physics 201. Students who have taken PHYS 107 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher level courses which have calculus-based physics as a pre-requisite. Pre-requisite of PHYS 107, pre or co-requisite of MATH 240 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.

206 Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics II (1) Supplemental to introductory non-calculus based PHYS 108. Covers the calculus applications which are normally covered in the calculus-based course PHYS 202. Students who have taken PHYS 108 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher-level courses which have calculus-based physics as a pre-requisite. Pre-requisites: PHYS 108, pre or co-requisite of MATH 241 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.

281 Selected Topics (1-6) May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topics(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: At least one semester of physics. Offered upon sufficient demand.

300 History and Philosophy of Science (3) Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, the political and ideological uses of science, and the moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Cross listed as PHIL 300.

321 Electrical Circuits and Electronics (4) Analog and digital circuits, including AC circuits, resonance, filters, the use of transistors in switching and amplifiers, operational amplifiers, logic, memory, mircoprocessors and computer architecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 202, PHYS 108 or permission of instructor. (Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.) Offered upon sufficient demand.

375 Physics Laboratory (1) Experiments selected to give experiences in both concepts and techniques such as mechanics or e/m. Specialized laboratory work dealing with a restricted area of physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. (Laboratory two hours.) Offered on sufficient demand.

381 Intermediate Topics (1-6) May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topic(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: PHYS 202 or 206. Offered upon sufficient demand.

398 Physics Tutorial Project (1-4) Tutoring students in 100-level physics courses under supervision of a physics staff member. Prerequisite: PHYS 108 or 202. (Three hours per week per credit.) Offered on sufficient demand.

481/681 Special Topics (1-6) In-depth study of specialized current topics in physics selected by the faculty on the basis of community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered upon sufficient demand. Instructor consent required.

 

 


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