PHYS: Physics (Undergraduate)

PHYS 1000  Conceptual Physics  (4 Credits)  

This course is designed for students without prior exposure to physics. Students will learn about the major themes of physics: mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, and waves and sound. Emphasis will be on conceptual understanding of fundamental laws of physics, rather than algebraic manipulation of formulas. Prerequisites: College Mathematics, or Algebra, or equivalent. Students should be able to manipulate simple algebraic expressions.

Attributes: Natural Science Gen Ed, Liberal

PHYS 1100  Introductory Astronomy  (4 Credits)  

Astronomy is perhaps the most observational of all the physical sciences. Astronomers rarely have the opportunity to directly manipulate the objects they study as they lie so far away from us. This course will introduce students to the universe and the principles used to understand the stars and planets. Course topics include: the history of astronomy, methods of observational astronomy, celestial geometry, age and origin of the Solar System, descriptions of the planets, and discussions of the possibility of life on other planets. Students will use and collect data to study the concepts and design their own final experiment. Prerequisites: Algebra Knowledge of basic algebra is required. This course was previously SMT-271434 Introductory Astronomy.

Attributes: Natural Science Gen Ed, Liberal

PHYS 1200  Physics I with Lab  (4 Credits)  

Physics I with Lab is the first course of the two-term sequence in algebra-based physics. This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles of physics, primarily in the domain of mechanics, the study of the motion of objects. Themes to be explored will include: linear, two-dimensional, and rotational kinematics (motion); linear, two-dimensional, and rotational dynamics (force); models of energy and momentum; gravity; simple harmonic motion; waves and sound; fluids. Students will be performing hands-on experiments in course content areas. Prerequisite (must complete before registering): Algebra and Trigonometry, or equivalent This course was previously SMT-271074 Physics I.

Attributes: Natural Science Gen Ed, Liberal

PHYS 1201  Physics II with Lab  (4 Credits)  

Physics II with Lab is the second course of the two-term sequence in general algebra-based physics. This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles of physics, primarily in the domain of electromagnetism, the study of electrical and magnetic systems and phenomena. Additional topics in thermal physics and quantum physics will be explored. Themes to be explored will include: heat and temperature; phases and phase changes; laws of thermodynamics; electric charges, forces, and fields; electric potential; electric current and direct-current circuits; magnetism; electromagnetic waves; geometric optics; physical optics; quantum mechanics; atomic and nuclear physics. Students will be performing hands-on experiments in course content areas. Prerequisite (must complete before registering): Physics I with Lab Note: Background in physics mechanics including kinematics, dynamics, energy, and waves/harmonic motion is required. This course was previously SMT-271084 Physics II.

Attributes: Natural Science Gen Ed, Liberal

PHYS 1210  Physics I  (3 Credits)  

Physics I is the first course of a two-term sequence in general Physics for science concentrations. This three-credit course covers the lecture and not the laboratory component of the sequence, which is offered as a separate course. Students will explore mechanics, using an algebra-based framework, to study the motion of objects. Topics covered will include linear, two-dimensional, and rotational kinematics (motion); linear, two-dimensional, and rotational dynamics (force); models of energy and momentum; gravity; simple harmonic motion; waves and sound; fluids. Prereqs: Algebra and Trigonometry, or equivalent.

Attributes: Liberal

PHYS 1998  Individualized Studies in Physics (PHYS)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Physics (PHYS). Registration for this class must be approved by the student’s mentor.

PHYS 2998  Individualized Studies in Physics (PHYS)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Physics (PHYS). Registration for this class must be approved by the student’s mentor.

PHYS 3998  Individualized Studies in Physics (PHYS)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Physics (PHYS). Registration for this class must be approved by the student’s mentor.

PHYS 4998  Individualized Studies in Physics (PHYS)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Physics (PHYS). Registration for this class must be approved by the student’s mentor.