Physics/Geoscience (PHYS)

PHYS 100  Concepts in Science 4 Credits


Special fee. This is a one-semester physical science course with laboratory designed for those students not majoring in science areas. This course will introduce the student to methods of science while teaching some principles of physical science and some of their applications. Topics discussed include: energy and motion; heat, energy and solar heating; sound and noise; light, lenses and fiber optics. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 104  History of Science 3 Credits


Special fee. The historical and philosophical development of science traced from the ancient Egyptians to the present. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 106  Science and Society 3 Credits


This is a one semester course for non-science majors designed to provide a knowledge of some of the principles of physical science and to indicate how they are related to society. Formal laboratory is not included in the course. Topics discussed vary but may include such areas as: science, a human activity; man and energy; radiation and man; electricity and man; nuclear power and man; and others. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 109  Energy and Climate Change 3 Credits


The physics of energy and climate change. The course will focus on issues such as the current energy crisis, alternative energy efforts and the scientific data indicative of climate change and global warming. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 180  Descriptive Astronomy 3 Credits


For the general student -- a discussion of our place in the universe from ancient ideas to modern data on the moon, planets, comets, stars, galaxies and quasars. The formation and evolution of planets, stars, black holes and the universe as a whole reveal our place in time. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 191  University Physics I 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite. Special fee. This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural Science Laboratory. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 192  University Physics II 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite. Special fee. Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 193  College Physics I 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 100. Special fee. This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion and sound, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 194  College Physics II 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 193; and MATH 100 or MATH 111 or MATH 112. Special fee. This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include optics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to modern and nuclear physics, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 204  Selected Topics in Contemporary History of Science 3 Credits


A study which will consider the most important discoveries of the twentieth century that are changing our world and the events leading to the inventions. These concepts will be related to twentieth century idealism, materialism, and ideas of progress. No prior knowledge of science of mathematics is assumed and the course could be used as a sequential to PHYS 104 History of Science. 3 hours lecture. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 205  Scientific Principles of Technology 3 Credits


The practical implications of physical concepts on technology will be studied, emphasizing how technical machines work. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 210  Mechanics 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 191. Special fee. Classical mechanics: Kinematics, Newton's laws, impulse and momentum, statics, work and energy, oscillations, general motion, central force motion, non-inertial frames, system of particles, methods of handling data. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 240  Electricity and Magnetism 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 192; and MATH 222 is a prerequisite or corequisite. Special fee. Basic principles of electromagnetism: Coulomb's law and general techniques in electrostatics, currents and their associated magnetic field, electromagnetic induction and magnetic properties of materials. Foundations of Maxwell's equations (without detailed solutions). Laboratory experiments. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 242  Circuit Theory 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 192 or PHYS 194 and MATH 221. Special fee. Introduces basic methods in circuit analysis and design. Topics include linear electric circuits and their response, circuit theorems, filters, Fourier analysis of different inputs and outputs, and transmission lines. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 245  Electronics and Digital Circuits 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 192 or 194. Special fee. An introduction to the principles of amplifiers, waveform generators, and digital circuits, with emphasis on the use of commonly available integrated circuit packages. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 247  Microprocessors and Their Applications 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 192 or 194. Special fee. One semester course providing an introduction to the principles, operations and applications of microprocessors including experiment control and data manipulation. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 280  Astronomy 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194. Special fee. Application of physical laws to the earth as a planet; nature of the other planets; orbital motion and space flight; origin of the solar system; the birth, life and death of a star galactic structure; and cosmology. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 310  Advanced Mechanics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 222, and 420, and PHYS 210. Classical mechanics; transformations, oscillators, generalized motion; Lagrange's equations; Hamilton's equation; small oscillations; wave propagation. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 320  Thermodynamics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 222 and PHYS 210. Thermodynamic systems; laws of thermodynamics; entropy; kinetic theory; transport processes; statistical thermodynamics. (Offered alternate years.) 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 322  Digital Communications 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 122. Digital communications will focus on the conversion of information into digital structure and the transmission of information within networks comprised of intelligent machines and humans. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 341  Electronic Fundamentals 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 205. Circuit conditions; analysis of electronic concepts, theoretically and experimentally. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 350  Optics 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 240. Special fee. Propagation of light, optical components, instruments and photometry. Interference, diffraction and polarization with elements of spectroscopy. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 368  Fluid Mechanics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 222 with a grade of C- or better. Mechanics of continuous media, liquids and gases; stress, viscosity, Navier-Stokes and Euler Equations, exact solutions, potential flow, circulation and vorticity, dimensional analysis and asymptotic models, boundary layers, stability theory and applications to industrial environmental problems. Cross listed with MATH 368. Previous course PHYS 468 effective through Spring 2014. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 377  Mathematical Physics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): 2 years of physics and MATH 222. Vector analysis, complex variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, matrices. (Not offered every year.) 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 380  Observational Astronomy 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 191, PHYS 192 or PHYS 193, PHYS 194. Observational techniques for the Moon, planets, satellites of other planets, asteroids, comets, stars, star clusters, and galaxies. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 399  Topics in Physics 1-4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 210 or departmental approval. Study of advanced topics in Physics. Topics will vary. May include a laboratory component. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. 1 hour lab and 1 hour lecture.

PHYS 430  Computer Simulations of Physical Systems 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): MATH 221, PHYS 191, PHYS 192, and CSIT 111. This course applies computer techniques and numerical analysis to model physical systems. Simulations and calculations will be done of falling bodies, gravitational orbits, scattering, oscillations, electrical circuits, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo techniques, chaos, and quantum systems. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 443  Computer-Aided Drafting: An Introduction 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 143. Students will study the command structure of AutoCad to create, modify and manage CAD drawings and designs. Various applications in graphic communication will be explored with practical hands-on lab sessions. Experience with computers or technical graphics is not required. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 446  Micro-Computer Technology 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 240 and CSIT 112. Manufacturing, design and consumer product application of computer technology will be emphasized. Hands-on experience with micro computers, plotters, digitizers, printers and other peripherals will aid the student in developing an appreciation for the less publicized applications of the computer. Software, firmware and hardware will be illustrated and discussed, especially as related to interfacing. Numerical controlled machining and robotics will also be studied. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 460  Modern Physics 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 210, 240. Special fee. Special relativity, kinetic theory of matter; quantization of electricity, light and energy; nuclear atom; elementary quantum mechanics and topics on solid state. (Offered alternate years.) 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 461  Special and General Relativity 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 320 or PHYS 350 or PHYS 368 or MATH 368. An introduction to Einstein's geometric theory of gravity. Topics will include: special relativity, 4-vectors, the twin paradox, the metric tensor, non-Euclidean geometry, the equivalence principle, the gravitational redshift, geodesics, the Schwarzschild solution, and black holes. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 462  Nuclear Physics 4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 210, 240. Special fee. Nuclear radiation; radioactive decay; detectors; nuclear spectroscopy and reactions; theories and models; fission, fusion, reactors; and application of radioisotopes. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.

PHYS 464  Quantum Mechanics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 460. Shroedinger's wave equation, its application and interpretation; Pauli exclusion principle and spectra. (Offered alternate years.) 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 470  Solid State Physics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 460. Properties of solid state matter are developed from the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules. (Not offered every year.) 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 480  Astrophysics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194; PHYS 280; MATH 221. Prerequisite or corequisite: STAT 401. The laws of physics applied to planetary structure, stars and their evolution in time, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and large-scale structure of the universe. 3 hours lecture.

PHYS 490  Literature Research in Physics 2 Credits


Prerequisite(s): At least 16 credit hours of physics beyond PHYS 192. Student considers topics in physics and gains facility in literature research techniques: topics in pure physics or related to physics education. Students intending to enroll in laboratory research in physics should use PHYS 490 to provide the literature research related to his/her laboratory problem. (Not offered every year.) 2 hours lecture.

PHYS 495  Laboratory Research in Physics 1-4 Credits


Prerequisite(s): At least 16 credit hours of physics beyond PHYS 192. Solution of a laboratory problem research in pure physics or in physics education. Written report required. (Not offered every year.)

PHYS 519  Special Topics in Physics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): At least 12 semester hours in physics and permission of Physics certification program coordinator. Designed to acquaint the student with recent developments in physics and applications of physics. Examples of topic areas are astrophysics, laser applications, applications of quantum theory, solid state applications, radiation safety, nuclear waste disposal, and medical physics. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 hours lecture.