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Physics (PHYS) 2016-2017


PHYS 0100 Introduction to Physics (A, SP, SU) 4 credits


This course is a survey of the basic concepts of physics. Topics include mechanics, electrostatics, nuclear physics and electromagnetism.
Lecture: 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1020 or higher and placement into ENGL 0190 Lab fee: $11.00

PHYS 1103 World of Energy: Forces, Electricity, Magnetism, Machines (A, SP, SU) 3 credits


This course explores the basic principles of physics in the context of energy use. It covers the topics of forces, electricity, magnetism and machines. Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1020 or higher and placement into ENGL 1100 Lab fee: $1.00

PHYS 1200 Algebra-Based Physics I (A, SP, SU) 5 credits


This is a laboratory course in classical mechanics (kinematics, Newton's laws, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and angular momentum) as well as fluids, harmonic motion, waves, and sound.
Lecture: 4 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1148 or MATH 1113 or higher, placement into ENGL 1100; PHYS 0100 or higher or placement equivalent
Lab fee: $17.00 (Additional kit costs for Web sections)

PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II (A, SP, SU) 5 credits


This is a laboratory course in classical electromagnetism (electric charge, field and potential, DC circuits, magnetic forces and fields, induction, and electromagnetic waves), geometric and physical optics, and topics in modern physics (special relativity and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics).
Lecture: 4 hours – Lab: 2 hours Prerequisite: PHYS 1200
Lab fee: $16.00 (Additional kit costs for Web sections)

PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I (A, SP, SU) 5 credits


This is a laboratory course in classical mechanics (kinematics, energy, momentum, rotation, simple harmonic motion, etc.) as well as mechanical waves and sound.
Lecture: 4 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: PHYS 0100 or higher or placement equivalent; placement into ENGL 1100; MATH 1151 (or concurrently) Lab fee: $17.00

PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Physics II (A, SP, SU) 5 credits


This is a laboratory course in classical electromagnetism (electric charge, field and potential, DC circuits, magnetic forces and fields, induction, and electromagnetic waves), geometric and physical optics, and topics in modern physics (special relativity and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics).
Lecture: 4 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: PHYS 1250 and MATH 1151 or higher Corequisite: MATH 1152 or MATH 1172
Lab fee: $16.00 

PHYS 2293 Independent Study: Physics (A, SP, SU) 1-3 credits


This course is an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in physics through intensive reading or research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program.
Instructor permission required
Lecture and Lab: Varies with subject matter Lab fee: $1.00

PHYS 2294 Special Topics: Physics (A, SP, SU) 1-3 credits


This course provides an opportunity to explore selected topics of interest in physics.
Instructor permission required
Lecture and Lab: Varies with subject matter Lab fee: $1.00

PHYS 2300 Dynamics of Particles & Waves I (A) 4 credits


This course covers vectors and kinematics; the foundations of Newtonian mechanics; momentum, work, and energy; conservative and nonconservative forces; potentials; angular momentum; and rotations about a fixed axis.
Lecture: 4 hours
Prerequisite: PHYS 1251
Corequisite: MATH 2153 Lab fee: $1.00

PHYS 2301 Dynamics: Particles & Waves II (SP) 4 credits


This course covers rigid body motion, noninertial systems and fictitious forces, central force motion, the special theory of relativity, relativistic kinematics, and relativistic momentum and energy.
Lecture: 4 hours
Prerequisites: PHYS 2300 and MATH 2153 Lab fee: $1.00