school of natural & social sciences

Physics Courses

Although a major in physics is not offered, the introductory physics courses required for biology and chemistry majors are offered, and some advanced physics courses are given as tutorials.

Introductory Physics I
PHY 1510
/ 4 credits / Fall
Lecture course for students of both biological and physical science, as well as students of the humanities or social sciences with a background in high school physics or chemistry. Topics include kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work and conservation of energy, mass-energy relationships, the laws of thermodynamics, and the kinetic properties of matter.
Prerequisite: MAT 1150
Corequisite for premedical students: PHY 1511

Introductory Physics I Lab
PHY 1511
/ 1 credit / Fall
Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used to increase the student’s working physical knowledge of the natural world.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 1510

Introductory Physics II
PHY 1520
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of PHY 1510. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, optics, and some ideas from modern physics.
Prerequisite: PHY 1510
Corequisite for premedical students: PHY 1521

Introductory Physics II Lab
PHY 1521
/ 1 credit / Spring
Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used to make students familiar with gravitational and electromagnetic forces in nature and foundations of optics.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 1520

The Physics of Sound and Light
PHY 1530
/ 4 credits / Spring
The phenomena of light and sound, widely appreciated as primary media for artistic expression, have also played an important role in spurring scientific investigation of the world of nature. This course explores light and sound through their foundations in the theories of vibration and wave motion. With sound, the application to the production of musical tones is emphasized. The study of light ranges from the early investigations of Galileo, Newton, and Huygens to the work of Einstein in relativity and quantum theory. A paper is required, and some class sessions take place in the lab. A background in physics is not required.

Updated Feb. 18, 2013


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