2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

PHYS - Physics
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHYS 100Astronomy4.00
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. Offered on campus Fall Terms only, and on line Spring Terms.
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PHYS 107Algebra-Based Physics I4.00
Newtonian mechanics and waves. Designed for students majoring in the humanities, education, medical sciences, or biological sciences. Not open to students with a major in Chemistry or Mathematics. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class.
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Lab
Prerequisites:
MATH 102, 113 or 115 with grade of C-or better or math placement test is required.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHYS 108Algebra-Based Physics II4.00
Continuation of PHYS 107 covering electricity, magnetism, and light. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
PHYS 107 or 201 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 160Physical Science4.00
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 three hours, laboratory two hours.) Offered Fall Term on-line and Spring Term on-campus
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PHYS 189Physics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHYS 201Calculus-Based Physics I5.00
Newtonian mechanics, waves and thermodynamics. Meets the University Studies Program requirement for Natural Science laboratory class. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.)
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Lab
Prerequisites:
Completion of MATH 240.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHYS 202Calculus-Based Physics II5.00
Electricity, magnetism, and light. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of MATH 241 and PHYS 201 or PHYS 205.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 205Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics I1.00
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.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 107, Math 240 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 206Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics II1.00
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.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 108, MATH 241 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 281Selected Topics1.00 - 6.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 289Physics Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHYS 300History and Philosophy of Science3.00
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/PHYS 300.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 311Mechanics4.00
Classical mechanics, mathematical techniques using vector calculus, conservation laws and their relation to symmetry principles, rigid body dynamics, accelerated coordinate systems, and introduction to the generalized coordinate formalisms of LaGrange and Hamiltion. (Lecture four hours.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of MATH 241 and PHYS 201 or 205 is required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 321Electrical Circuits and Electronics2.00 - 4.00
Laboratory based course in analog and digital circuits, AC and DC circuits, resonance, filters, transistors, operational amplifies, logic, memory, microprocessors and computer architecture.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor Consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 325Wave Motion and Optics3.00
Wave phenomena with specific applications to plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, guided waves and the process of radiation.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor Consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 375Physics Laboratory1.00 - 3.00
Extended laboratory experiments selected to give experiences in advanced physics concepts and techniques. Experiments are agreed upon between the instructor and student. (Laboratory two-six hours.) May be repeated when topics are different. Instructor consent required for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 381Intermediate Topics1.00 - 6.00
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. May be repreated when topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Completion of MATH 241 and PHYS 201 or 205 is required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 389Physics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHYS 398Physics Tutorial Project1.00 - 4.00
Tutoring students in 100-level physics courses under supervision of a physics staff member. (Three hours per week per credit.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 108 or 202.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 401Modern Physics3.00
Non-classical phenomena and their explanation in relativity and quantum mechanics. Topics include Special Relativity, relativistic transformations, E=mc2 spacetime, wave-particle duality of matter and light, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's equation, atomic physics, quantum numbers, spin, nuclear physics, radioactivity, nuclear forces, and the Standard Model.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or PHYS 206.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 448Atomic And Quantum Physics4.00
Introduction to the philosophy and mathematics of quantum mechanics, including uncertainty, wave-particle duality, problem solving in tunneling and boundary conditions, time-dependent wave functions, the quantum mechanics of hydrogen, alkali metals, and chemical bonding. (Lecture four hours.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor Consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
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. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 489Physics Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHYS 491Physics Research1.00 - 4.00
Individual laboratory and/or theoretical investigation of a problem selected by the student and faculty or other skilled supervisor. The project will include study of related literature and formal reporting. Designed to give junior/senior level students practical experience in physics research. May be repeated for a total of four credits. Instructor Consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand