Courses in Physics

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PHY 103. General College Physics I. **An introduction to the fundamental concepts and laws of the various branches of physics, including mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear structure, with laboratory work in each area.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Corequisite: PHY 103L.
3 credits.

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PHY 103L. General College Physics I Laboratory. **Laboratory course to cover the fundamental concepts and laws of the various branches of physics, including mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear structure.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Corequisite: PHY 103.
1 credit.

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PHY 104. General College Physics II. **A continuation of PHY 103. Fundamental concepts and laws of the various branches of physics, including mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear structure, with laboratory work in each area.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite: PHY 103 or equivalent. Corequisite: PHY 104L.
3 credits.

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PHY 104L. General College Physics II Laboratory. **A continuation of PHY 104. Laboratory course to cover the fundamental concepts and laws of the various branches of physics, including mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear structure.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite: PHY 103/L or equivalent. Corequisite: PHY 104.
1 credit.

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PHY 111. Principles of Physics I. **An introductory course in classical physics, designed for students who desire a rigorous mathematical approach to college physics. Calculus is used throughout. The first semester is devoted to mechanics and heat with laboratory work in each area.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite or corequisite: MAS 111 or 161. Corequisite: PHY 111L.
3 credits.

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PHY 111L. Principles of Physics I Laboratory. **Corresponding laboratory for PHY 111.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite or corequisite: MAS 111 or 161. Corequisite: PHY 111.
1 credit.

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PHY 112. Principles of Physics II. **Second semester of Principles of Physics. An introductory course in classical physics, designed for students who desire a rigorous mathematical approach to college physics. Calculus is used throughout. The second semester is devoted to electricity, magnetism and optics with laboratory work in each area.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite: PHY 111/L and MAS 111 or 161. Corequisite: PHY 112L.
3 credits.

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PHY 112L. Principles of Physics II Laboratory. **Corresponding laboratory for PHY 112.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Prerequisite: PHY 111/L and MAS 111 or 161. Corequisite: PHY 112.
1 credit.

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PHY 120. Principles of Astronomy. **An introduction to the forces that shape the solar system and the universe as well as the tools used to observe them. It presents a comprehensive review of the modern scientific view of the physical universe. Topics include the history of astronomy, astronomical technology, and the structure and evolution of astrophysical systems including the solar system, Sun, other stars, and galaxies. Laboratory work required.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Corequisite: PHY 120L.
3 credits.

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PHY 120L. Principles of Astronomy Laboratory. **Corresponding laboratory for PHY 120.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science).
Corequisite: PHY 120.
1 credit.

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PHY 211. Atomic and Nuclear Physics. **An introduction to modern physics, including special relativity, the foundation of atomic physics, quantum theory of radiation, the atomic nucleus, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, with laboratory work in each area.
Prerequisite: PHY 102/L, 104/L or 112/L, MAS 111 or 161 or permission. Corequisite: PHY 211L.
3 credits.

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PHY 211L. Atomic and Nuclear Physics Laboratory. **Corresponding laboratory for PHY 211.
Prerequisite: PHY 102/L, 104/L or 112/L, MAS 111 or 161 or permission. Corequisite: PHY 211.
1 credit.

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PHY 212. Introduction to Electronics. **The physics of electrons and electronic devices, including diodes, transistors, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, switching circuits, and integrated circuits, with laboratory work in each area.
Prerequisite: PHY 102/L,104/L or 112/L, or permission. Corequisite: PHY 212L.
3 credits.

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PHY 212L. Introduction to Electronics Laboratory. **Corresponding laboratory for PHY 212.
Prerequisite: PHY 102/L,104/L or 112/L, or permission. Corequisite: PHY 212.
1 credit.

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PHY 261. Introduction to Computational Physics. **An introduction to the approximate numerical solution of physical problems with computers. The course focuses on problems from mechanics, electromagnetics, and quantum mechanics that are not analytically solvable. Topics include realistic projectile motion, planetary motion, and electromagnetic fields produced by charge and current distributions.
Prerequisites: PHY 102,104, or 112 and MAS 111 or 161.
3 credits.

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PHY 302. Optics. **A study of the physics of light, with emphasis on the mathematics of wave motion and the interference, diffraction and polarization of electromagnetic waves. The course also includes geometric optics with applications to thick lens, lens systems and fiber optics.
Prerequisites: PHY 112 and either MAS 112 or MAS 162.
3 credits.

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PHY 304. Thermodynamics. **A study of the physics of heat, with emphasis on the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Applications of thermodynamics to physics and engineering are included. Elements of kinetic theory and statistical physics are developed.
Prerequisites: PHY 112 and either MAS 112 or MAS 162.
3 credits.

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PHY 311. Analytical Mechanics I. **A rigorous study of classical mechanics, including the motion of a single particle, the motion of a system of particles and the motion of a rigid body. Damped and forced harmonic motion, the central force problem, the Euler description of rigid body motion and the Lagrange generalization of Newtonian mechanics are among the topics treated.
Prerequisites: PHY 111 and MAS 266.
3 credits.

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PHY 312. Analytical Mechanics II. **Second semester of a rigorous study of classical mechanics, including the motion of a single particle, the motion of a system of particles and the motion of a rigid body. Damped and forced harmonic motion, the central force problem, the Euler description of rigid body motion and the Lagrange generalization of Newtonian mechanics are among the topics treated.
Prerequisites: PHY 111/L and MAS 266.
3 credits.

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PHY 321. Electricity and Magnetism I. **Theory of the basic phenomena of electromagnetism together with the application of fundamental principles of the solving of problems. The electric and magnetic properties of matter, direct current circuits, alternating current circuits, the Maxwell field equations and the propagation of electromagnetic waves are among the topics treated.
Prerequisite: PHY 112, MAS 261, and MAS 266.
3 credits.

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PHY 322. Electricity and Magnetism II. **Second semester of the theory of the basic phenomena of electromagnetism together with the application of fundamental principles of the solving of problems. The electric and magnetic properties of matter, direct current circuits, alternating current circuits, the Maxwell field equations and the propagation of electromagnetic waves are among the topics treated.
Prerequisites: PHY 112, MAS 261, MAS 266.
3 credits.

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PHY 327. Experimental Physics I. **Experimental work selected from the area of mechanics, AC and DC electrical measurements, optics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics, with emphasis on experimental design, measuring techniques and analysis of data.
Prerequisite: PHY 211.
1 credit.

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PHY 328. Experimental Physics II. **Second semester of experimental work selected from the areas of mechanics, AC and DC electrical measurements, optics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics, with emphasis on experimental design, measuring techniques and analysis of data.
Fulfills general education requirement:
Writing Process.
Prerequisite: PHY 211.
2 credits.

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PHY 350. Audio Electronics. **Somebody has to design, install, and maintain the complex audio systems used in the industry. You'll learn about system design for sound reinforcement, cabling and interfacing for recording studios, basic troubleshooting and electronics, tests and measurements, and other behind-the-gear issues.
Prerequisite: PHY 212 and MRT 278.
3 credits.

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PHY 421. Quantum Mechanics I. **A study of selected topics in modern physics, utilizing the methods of quantum mechanics. The Schrodinger equation is solved for such systems as potential barriers, potential wells, the linear oscillator and the hydrogen atom. Perturbation techniques and the operator formalism of quantum mechanics are introduced where appropriate.
Prerequisites: PHY 211 and MAS 266, or permission.
3 credits.

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PHY 422. Quantum Mechanics II. **Second semester of a study of selected topics in modern physics, utilizing the methods of quantum mechanics. The Schrodinger equation is solved for such systems as potential barriers, potential wells, the linear oscillator and the hydrogen atom. Perturbation techniques and the operator formalism of quantum mechanics are introduced where appropriate.
Prerequisites: PHY 211 and MAS 266, or permission.
3 credits.