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Course Descriptions Physics (PHYS)

PHYSICS (PHYS)

Updated for 2014-2015

PHYS 100B Survey of Physics (4)

An introduction to the science of physics through topics selected from mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, relativity, atomic and/or nuclear physics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic principles and concepts. Simple algebra will be used. This course is a terminal physics course for non-science majors. A pocket calculator is required. (DP+DY)

Three lecture and three lab hours per week.

Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra or MATH 103 or equivalent.

PHYS 151 College Physics I (3)

The first course in a two-semester sequence in introductory physics intended for science majors. Emphasis is split between concepts and mathematical applications. Algebra, trigonometry and geometry are used; calculus is not. The course includes mechanics, kinetic theory and thermodynamics. Required: scientific calculator. (DP)

Offered Fall Semester only.

Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 140 or MATH 140X or by consent of instructor

PHYS 151L College Physics Laboratory (1)

An experimental analysis (laboratory) course paralleling PHYS 151 in content and mathematical level, intended for science majors. Class meets once a week for 3-hour sessions. (DY)

Offered Fall Semester only.

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 151

PHYS 152 College Physics II (3)

The second course in a two-semester sequence in introductory physics intended for science majors. Emphasis is split between concepts and mathematical applications. Algebra, trigonometry and geometry are used; calculus is not. Course includes electricity and magnetism, wave motion, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Required: Pocket trig-type calculator. (DP)

Offered Spring Semester only.

Prerequisite: PHYS 151.

PHYS 152L College Physics Laboratory II (1)

An experimental analysis (laboratory) course paralleling PHYS 152 in content and mathematical level, intended for science majors. Class meets once a week for 3-hour sessions. (DY)

Offered Spring Semester only.

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 152.

PHYS 170 General Physics I (4)

A rigorous introductory course in classical mechanics and thermodynamics for physical science and engineering majors, emphasizing the mathematical techniques used in the explanation of physical phenomena. (DP)

Prerequisite: MATH 205 and PHYS 100 or high school physics.

PHYS 170L General Physics I Laboratory (1)

Experimental analysis in mechanics emphasizing error analysis, measurement techniques, and report writing. (DY)

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 170.

PHYS 272 General Physics II (3)

The second course in introductory general physics covering electromagnetism and optics for physical science and engineering majors. Class meets for 3 hours of lecture per week. (DP)

Prerequisite: MATH 206 and PHYS 170.

PHYS 272L General Physics II Laboratory (1)

Experimental analysis in electricity, magnetism and optics. (DY)

Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in PHYS 272.

PHYS 274 General Physics III (3)

Modern physics, consisting of relativity, introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and physical optics; the last of the rigorous three-semester introductory physics sequence. Required of physical science and engineering majors (except CE). Class meets for 3 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or PHYS 272.

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