Course Descriptions

PHYS 101: Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine
3 Semester Credit 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 every Spring.

PHYS 102: Physics and the Arts
3 Semester Credit 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 every Summer.

PHYS 103: Observational Astronomy
3 Semester Credit 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 141: Introductory General Physics I
4 Semester Credit 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 103. Offered during the Fall of odd-numbered years and during the first Summer session every year.

PHYS 142: Introductory General Physics II
4 Semester Credit Hours 

A continuation of Physics 141.  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 two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 141.  Offered during the Spring of even-numbered years and during the second Summer session every year.

PHYS 204: General Physics I
4 Semester Credit 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 121 concurrently.  Offered during the Fall of even-numbered years.

PHYS 205: General Physics II
4 Semester Credit Hours 

A continuation of Physics 204.  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 two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 204.  Offered during the Spring of odd-numbered years.

PHYS 301: Electricity and Magnetism
3 Semester Credit 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 205 and MATH 222. Offered during the Fall, as required.

PHYS 302: Mechanics
3 Semester Credit 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 205 and MATH 222.  Offered during the Spring, as required.

PHYS 307: Readings in Physics
1-3 Semester Credit 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 340: Electronics
4 Semester Credit Hours 

Includes the study of basic circuits, filters, the fundamentals of transistors, power supplies, amplifiers, and selected special circuits. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: PHYS 205.  Offered during the Fall, as required.

PHYS 342: Heat and Thermodynamics
4 Semester Credit Hours 

Theoretical and experimental aspects of physical chemistry with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics and quantum theory of atomic structure.  Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.  Cross-listed with CHEM 342.  Prerequisites: CHEM 132, CHEM 122 and MATH 221.  Offered every Fall.

PHYS 308: Modern Physics
4 Semester Credit 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 205 concurrently and MATH 222. Offered during the Fall, as required.

PHYS 401: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on the Schrödinger equation and its applications.  Prerequisites: PHYS 308 and MATH 301.  Offered during Spring, as required. May be substituted with CHEM 343, offered every Spring.

PHYS 403: Special Topics in Physics
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Enrichment topics in experimental or theoretical physics are assigned by the instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.