Course Descriptions – Physics

PHYS 1301 – Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine – 3 hours. Modern medical applications of physics are studied. This course introduces the technologies important to modern medicine and the basic physical principles which underlie them. Topics covered include endoscopes and laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, ultrasound imaging, x-ray and radionuclide imaging, computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, radiation therapy, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Offered during the spring semester every year.

PHYS 1302 – Physics and the Arts – 3 hours. Analyses of the physics of light and sound and how our eyes and ears detect them. Understanding the physics of light and sound is intended to increase the appreciation for works of art and music, and may even stimulate the artists and musicians among the students to deepen their knowledge of their media, of how people interface with them, and perhaps improve their art/music. Students will only be required to do simple computations, including fractions and very elementary high school algebra. Offered during the winter term or summer term every year.

PHYS 1303 – Observational Astronomy – 3 hours. This course will generally introduce the student to various astrophysical concepts and theories which describe, scientifically, our known universe. Emphasis will be placed on observational astronomy – i.e., the student will routinely examine astronomical objects (e.g., planets and stars) through a high-quality computerized telescope. Additionally, we will examine rare meteorites (Martian, lunar, etc.) on a daily basis. Some topics will be explained in mathematical terms, but there are no prerequisites for the course.

PHYS 1401 – Introductory General Physics I – 4 hours. Mechanics, heat and sound are studied. Derivations and applications of simple formulas using algebra and trigonometry are stressed. Problem solving is a basic part of the course. Three hours lecture and 2- hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MATH 1401. Offered during the fall semester of odd-numbered years and during the first summer session every year.

PHYS 1402 – Introductory General Physics II – 4 hours. A continuation of Physics 1401. Electricity, magnetism, light and selected topics of modern physics are studied. Derivations and applications of simple formulas using algebra and trigonometry are stressed. Problem solving is a basic part of the course. Three hours lecture and 2-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 1401. Offered during the spring semester of even-numbered years and during the second summer session every year.

PHYS 2404 – General Physics I – 4 hours. Mechanics, heat and sound are studied. Derivations and applications of formulas using calculus are stressed. Problem solving is a basic part of the course. Three hours lecture and 2-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MATH 1402 concurrently. Offered during the fall semester of even-numbered years.

PHYS 2405 – General Physics II – 4 hours. A continuation of Physics 2404. Electricity, magnetism, light and selected topics of modern physics are studied. Derivations and applications of formulas using calculus are stressed. Problem solving is a basic part of the course. Three hours lecture and 2-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 2404. Offered during the spring semester of odd-numbered years.

PHYS 3301 – Electricity and Magnetism – 3 hours. An intermediate course in electricity and magnetism, which includes electric fields, special methods of solutions of electrostatics, energy, force potentials, magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 2405 and MATH 2306. Offered during the fall semester as required.

PHYS 3302 – Mechanics – 3 hours. An intermediate course in mechanics, which includes particle dynamics, rigid bodies, conservative force fields, theory of small oscillations, and the special theory of relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 2405 and MATH 2306. Offered during the spring semester as required.

PHYS 3107, 3207, 3307 – Readings in Physics – 1-3 hours. Special topics in physics are assigned by the instructor. The student should expect his readings to include historical concepts, philosophical implications, and modern trends in physics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PHYS 3401 – Electronics – 4 hours. Includes the study of basic circuits, filters, the fundamentals of transistors, power supplies, amplifiers, and selected special circuits. Three hours lecture and 2-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 2405. Offered during the fall semester as required.

PHYS 3403 – Heat and Thermodynamics – 4 hours. Theoretical and experimental aspects of physical chemistry with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics and quantum theory of atomic structure. Three hours lecture and 3-hours laboratory per week. Cross-listed with CHEM 3403. Prerequisites: CHEM 1352, 1252 and MATH 2305. Offered during the fall semester every year.

PHYS 3408 – Modern Physics – 4 hours. Introduction to the special theory of relativity, elementary concepts of quantum mechanics, and selected topics in atomic and nuclear physics. The standard modern physics experiments will be performed. Three hours lecture and 2-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: PHYS 2405 concurrently and MATH 2306. Offered during the fall semester as required.

PHYS 4301 – Introduction to Quantum Mechanics – 3 hours. Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on the Schrödinger equation and its applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 3408 and MATH 3301. Offered during the spring semester as required. May be substituted with CHEM 3404 which is offered during the spring semester every year.

PHYS 4303 – Special Topics in Physics – 3 hours. Enrichment topics in experimental or theoretical physics are assigned by the instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.