Physics

  • PHY 1250 Technical Physics I

    Students will use various laboratory experiments to learn the fundamental phenomena, principles, and laws of physics. They will study motion, Newton's Laws, torque, and the principles of work and energy using algebra and trigonometry. Students will also study applications of these concepts in various fields of manufacturing. Corequisite: MAT 1220 or MAT 1590 or higher. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 1260 Technical Physics II

    Students will continue their investigation into physical phenomenon by focusing on electric and magnetic interactions and the structure of matter. They will study electrostatics, DC circuits, specific electrical components (such as DC motors and generators), and magnetism. Students will also study applications of these concepts in various fields of manufacturing. Prerequisite: PHY 1250. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 1510 Understanding Physics

    Students in this one-semester introductory course will learn how physics is the foundation for all other sciences. Students will look at physics from a conceptual viewpoint where verbal reasoning is emphasized and a minimum of algebra is used. Motion, heat, forces, light, energy, electricity, and magnetism are studied with the underlying theme being energy transfer. Each topic will emphasize hands-on investigations and lab experiences. Prerequisite: MAT 0500; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 1610 General Physics I

    Students will use computer-based sensors and probes to learn the fundamental phenomena, principles, and laws of physics. They will investigate Newtonian mechanics, rotational motion, simple harmonic oscillators and wave motion. Students will become aware of physics in everything they do and see. A tutorial session is available and strongly recommended. Prerequisite: high school physics or PHY 1510; Corequisite: MAT 1600; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 1620 General Physics II

    Students will continue their investigative approach to understanding the principles of physics. They will further their comprehension of wave phenomena, including sound waves, and will study electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and selected topics in modern physics such as relativity. A tutorial session is available and strongly recommended. Prerequisites: PHY 1610 and MAT 1600. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 1710 Analytical Physics I

    Students will use computer-based laboratory techniques to learn about Newtonian mechanics. They will learn good problem-solving strategies as well as good laboratory practices. They will use vector analysis and calculus to study linear kinematics, dynamics, and conservation laws for momentum and energy. Students will investigate rotating systems and rigid bodies, including solving problems which use angular momentum, torque, center of mass, and moment of inertia concepts. They will also explore simple harmonic oscillators and wave motion. This is the first semester in a three-semester sequence of physics courses designed for students planning to major in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering science, or computer science. Students will begin to become aware of physics in everything they do and see. A tutorial session is available and strongly recommended. Eligibility: ENG 1530; Prerequisite: MAT 1710 and high school physics or PHY 1510 or PHY 1610. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2010 Physics Internship I

    Students will receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students will work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and sophomore standing. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2020 Physics Internship II

    Students will receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students will work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and sophomore standing. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2510 Thermodynamics

    Students will continue investigations into mechanics with extensive study in thermodynamic systems. Students will analyze and solve problems involving fluid dynamics, energy conservation, and thermodynamic processes. Prerequisite: PHY 1610 or 1710 and MAT 1720. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2710 Analytical Physics II

    Students continue their investigation into physical phenomenon by focusing on electric and magnetic interactions and the structure of matter. Students will develop an understanding of Maxwell's equations from a detailed treatment of the laws of Coulomb, Ampere, and Faraday. They will use an investigative approach to get an intuitive understanding of electric and magnetic fields and their interactions with charged matter. Students will use vector calculus concepts such as line and surface integrals and will become familiar with the operation of meters and computer based data acquisition devises. Students will also study geometric and physical optics. The course will end with perplexing problems of noncovariance of the electromagnetic theory of Maxwell. The answers to these questions lead to the study of modern physics topics. Prerequisite: PHY 1710; Corequisite: MAT 2650. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2720 Modern Physics

    Students will study three major themes: the development of the theory of relativity; the old quantum theory of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, and Sommerfeld; and the new quantum physics of Schroedinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, and Pauli. Students' interest in relativity theory is motivated by the noncovariance problems discovered in the electromagnetic theory of Maxwell and Lorentz and by the null result of the Michelson-Morley experiment. The early quantum theory is developed from Planck's analysis of the problem of blackbody radiation and from Einstein's study of the photoelectric effect. This is followed by a careful study of the Schroedinger theory of quantum mechanics and solutions to the Schroedinger equation. In the laboratory students will repeat a number of historical experiments including the determination of the speed of light, the charge and charge to mass ratio of the electron, the Planck constant, and the Rydberg constant. Students may also perform the Franck-Hertz experiment. The last part of the semester in the modern lab is devoted to a special, student-designed project. Prerequisite: PHY 2710; Corequisite: MAT 2680. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2902 Research in Physics

    Students will be introduced to the ideas and methods of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. During this course, students will be exposed to many of the current ideas of particle physics and cosmology. The course will discuss the differences between types of subatomic particles and the deeper principles which control their behavior. Prerequistes: Instructor's Permissions. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHY 2903 Modern Physics

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