Course Descriptions

Astronomy (AST)  ♦  Physics (PHY)


Astronomy

AST 130: Introductory Astronomy (3)
Prerequisite: MAT 105 or higher.  Elementary survey course; study of Moon, Sun, and eclipses; Solar System; near stars and Milky Way.  Non-laboratory. Credit will not be  awarded for both AST 130 and AST 135. Gen. Ed. 4B  (only when combined with AST 133).

AST 133:  Astronomy Transition Lab (1)
Prerequisite: AST 130 or departmental approval.  A transition laboratory that will allow students with credit for AST 130 to gain credit for a laboratory science course that is  equivalent to AST 135.  2 Lab. Gen. Ed. E-4B [NS].

AST 135: Introductory Astronomy (3) I, II
Prerequisite: MAT 105 or higher, or ACT mathematics subscore of 20 or higher, or departmental approval. Elementary survey course; study of Moon, Sun, and eclipses; Solar System; near stars and Milky  Way. Credit will not be awarded for both AST 135 and AST 130. 2 Lec/2 Lab. Gen. Ed. E-4B.

AST 330: Stars, Blackholes: the Cosmos (3) A
Prerequisites: MAT 105 or higher, or ACT mathematics subscore of 20 or higher, or departmental approval; ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102. An introductory survey course for non-science majors directed at studying the origin and evolution of the Universe, of galaxies, and of stars as well as of quasars, pulsars, and Black Holes. Non-laboratory.


Physics

PHY 100:  Techniques of Physics Research (1)
COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

PHY 101:  Concepts of the Physical World (3) I, II
Prerequisite: MAT 105 or higher or departmental approval. Topics on mechanics, Newton’s Laws, energy, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear phenomena. 4 Lec/Lab. Gen. Ed. E-4B.

PHY 102:  Inquiry Physics for Teachers (3)
Prerequisite: MAT 105 or higher and preteaching or teaching elementary and middle school education majors only or  departmental approval. An inquiry-based, conceptual-approach physical science course for teaching majors. Topics include  kinematics, matter and heat, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Credit will not be awarded for both PHY 101 and 102. 1 Lec/4 Lab. Gen. Ed. IVB or VII (NS). [NS].

PHY 129:  Success in College Physics (1)
Corequisite: PHY 131. This course will emphasize topics presented in PHY 131 that the students may require additional instruction to master. Topics to be covered will include one-dimensional motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, momentum,  energy, and rotational motion. Students will be allowed to enroll up to four weeks after classes start. A withdrawal from PHY 131 must be matched by a withdrawal from PHY 129.

PHY 131:  College Physics I (5)
Prerequisite: MAT 108 or higher or departmental approval. Fundamental ideas of mechanics, heat, and sound. Credit will not be awarded for  both PHY 131 and 201. A withdrawal from PHY 131 must be matched by a withdrawal from PHY 129 if enrolled in both courses. 6 Lec/Lab.  Gen. Ed. IVB or VII (NS). [NS].

PHY 132:  College Physics II (5) I, II
Prerequisite: PHY 131 or departmental approval. Fundamental ideas of electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Credit will not be awarded for both PHY 132 and PHY 202. 6 Lec/Lab. Gen. Ed. E-4B.

PHY 201:  University Physics I (5) I
Prerequisite: MAT 124 or 124H or MAT 261 or departmental approval. Composition and resolution of forces, laws of equilibrium, Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, hydrodynamics, heat phenomena. Credit will not be awarded for  both PHY 131 and PHY 201. 6 Lec/Lab. Gen. Ed. IVB or VII (NS). [NS].

PHY 202:  University Physics II (5) II
Prerequisite: PHY 201. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 224 or departmental approval. Electrostatics, electric potential, dielectrics, A.C. and  D.C. circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday’s Law, sound, wave motion, geometrical and physical optics. Credit will not be awarded for both PHY 132 and PHY 202. 6 Lec/Lab. Gen. Ed. IVB or VII (NS). [NS].

PHY 221:  Statics (3) A
Prerequisite: PHY 201. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MAT 224 or departmental approval. Study of force systems on bodies at rest, descriptions of force systems, distributed and internal forces, applications of hydrostatics, frames and trusses, beams.

PHY 300:  Modern Physics I (3) I
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 300W:  Modern Physics I (3) I
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 301:  Modern Physics II (3) II
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 302: Modern Physics (4) A
Prerequisites: PHY 132 or PHY 202; MAT 124, 124H or MAT 261 or departmental approval. Physics of the 20th century. Topics include special relativity, quantum effects, wave theory, Bohr theory, nuclear  structure, nuclear reactions, and other topics related to 20th century modern physics. Credit will not be awarded for both PHY 302 and 302W.

PHY 302W: Modern Physics (4) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 105(B), or HON 102; PHY 132 or PHY 202; MAT 124, 124H or MAT 261 or departmental approval. Physics of the 20th century. Topics include special relativity, quantum effects, wave theory, Bohr theory, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, and other topics related to 20th century modern physics. Credit will not be awarded for both PHY 302W and 302.

PHY 303:  Introduction to Laser Physics (3) A
Prerequisite: PHY 132 or PHY 202 and instructor approval. An introduction to the theory and application of different types of lasers such as  dye, nitrogen, He/Ne, diode, and mercury vapor; the characteristics of laser light, and optical measuring devices. 2 Lec/2 lab.

PHY 306 Classical Physics Laboratory (2) I
COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

PHY 307:  Electronics (4) A
Course has been dropped and is no longer being offered.

PHY 308:  Atomic and Nuclear Laboratory (2) II
COURSE HAS BEEN DROPPED.

PHY 310: Theoretical Methods in Physics (3) A
Prerequisites: MAT 224 or departmental approval. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Analytical methods for characterizing physics models and solving physics problems in advanced topics are discussed, including vector analysis, linear algebra, complexanalysis, infinite series, waves and Fourier series, differential equations and other techniques.

PHY 315:  Introductory Electrical Circuits (4) A
Prerequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 224. Fundamental laws and principles for linear circuits  whose elements consist of passive and active components used in present day practice. Determination of the sinusoidal steady state  responses using the algebra of complex numbers.

PHY 349:  Applied Learning in Physics (1‑8) A
Work in placements related to academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours employment is required for each semester hour of academic credit.  Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate. Hours earned in PHY 349 will not apply toward a physics major or minor.

PHY 349 A-N:  Cooperative Study: Physics (1‑8) A 
Work in placements related to academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours employment is required for each semester hour of academic credit. Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate. Hours earned in PHY 349 will not apply toward a physics major or minor.

PHY 375:  Thermodynamics (3) A
Prerequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 224. Study of temperature, thermodynamic systems, ideal  gases, first and second law of thermodynamics, Carnot cycle, Kelvin temperature scale, entropy.

PHY 402:  Physical Optics (3) A
Prerequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 224. Wave motion, interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel  diffraction, electromagnetic radiation, dispersion, polarization, double refraction, lasers, holography.

PHY 406: Advanced Physics Laboratory (3) 
Prerequisite:  PHY 132 or 202 or departmental approval.  Experiments in mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.  Computer simulations  of physical situations. Measurement and data analysis techniques, including error analysis.  5 Lec/Lab.

PHY 410: Independent Study in Physics: ______ (1-6) A
Prerequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Special laboratory experiments, development of new equipment, physics education research, or solution of special mathematical problems related to physics. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours provided subject matter is different each time. Student must have the independent study form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.

PHY 411: Special Topics in Physics:_____ (1-6) A
Prerequisite: PHY 202 or departmental approval. Special topics in physics of current interest to faculty and students will be presented through lecture, discussion, and reports. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours provided subject matter is different each time.

PHY 420:  Electricity and Magnetism (4) A
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 421: Electricity and Magnetism I (3) A
Prerequisites: MAT 225 and PHY 310, or departmental approval. Electrostatics in vacuum and dielectrics, solutions of Laplace’s and Poisson’s equations, magnetic fields, induced EMF’s, magnetic  materials, and Maxwell’s equations.

PHY 422: Electricity and Magnetism II (3) A
Prerequisites: PHY 421 or departmental approval. Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves in insulators and conductors, energy and momentum, electromagnetic radiation, dipole radiation, special relativity, special applications.

PHY 458:  Classical Mechanics I (3) A
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 459:  Classical Mechanics II (3) A
COURSE DROPPED.

PHY 460: Classical Mechanics (4) A
Prerequisite: PHY 310 or departmental approval. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MAT 353. Applications of calculus to the principles of classical mechanics. Topics include rectilinear motion in 1-D, motion in 3-D, non-inertial frames, central forces, many-bodied systems, rigid bodies, Lagrangian mechanics, and other topics related to classical mechanics.

PHY 470:  Quantum Mechanics (3) A
Prerequisites: PHY 310 and PHY 460, or departmental approval. Basic principles of wave mechanics, solutions of Schrodinger wave equation for simple systems, interpretation of solutions and application to atomic and molecular problems.

PHY 506:  Physics for High School Teachers (3) A
Credit given toward major or minor only in teaching programs. Topics from general and modern physics to prepare teachers to teach high  school physics and give classroom demonstrations. 2 Lec/3 Lab.

PHY 510:  Special Problems in Physics: ______ (1‑6) A
COURSE DROPPED.

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