West Virginia Wesleyan College

Department of Physics and Engineering



PHSC 103--Physical Science for Teachers. A multidisciplinary introduction to the physical sciences for elementary education majors. Contains units on astronomy, chemistry, and geology. Lecture and laboratory.


PHSC 110--Geology. An introduction to the scientific study of the natural aspects of the earth, including the geophysical processes that shape the earth, the structure and formation of rocks and minerals, and erosion and weathering. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 131--Astronomy I. A study of the structure and origin of the solar system including historical views. Comparing the planets and their satellites. The formation of the solar system. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 132--Astronomy II. A study of the life and death of a star, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and the past and future of the universe. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 145--Engineering Design I. Department resources, teamwork, problem solving techniques.


PHYS 146--Engineering Design II. A continuation of PHYS 145.


PHYS 151--General Physics I. An introductory course in mechanics and heat. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 152--General Physics II. An introductory course in sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 161--General Physics with Calculus I. A calculus-based introductory course in mechanics and heat. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 162--General Physics with Calculus II. A calculus-based introductory course in sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.


PHYS 210--Light and Atomic Physics. Kinetic theory, charged subatomic particles, atomic interactions with radiation, photon mechanics, relativity, Bohr theory, quantum mechanics.


PHYS 211L--Light and Atomic Lab. Experiments in physical optics, atomic absorption and emission of light, microwaves, the ratio of electronic charge to mass, x-rays and crystal structure, nuclear magnetic resonance.


PHY 220--Nuclear Physics. Particle accelerators, detection of charged particles, the neutron, nuclear stability, nuclear reactions, nuclear forces, the shell model, beta decay, particle physics.


PHYS 221L--Nuclear Physics Lab. Experiments in detecting charged particles, neutrons, and gamma rays. Counting statistics, radiation shielding, stopping power, scintillation counters, semiconductor detectors, the multichannel analyzer, time-of-flight techniques, analysis of bubble chamber photographs, detection electronics.


PHYS 250--Electronics. DC and AC circuits. Semiconductor devices, rectifiers, amplifiers, and oscillators.


PHYS 251L--Electronics Lab. Multimeters, oscilloscopes, Thevenin's theorem, Lissajous figures, timing circuits, transient and steady-state responses, transducers, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.


PHYS 260--Digital Electronics. Representation of digital information, logic networks, integrataed circuit technology, multiplexing, microprocessors.


PHYS 261L--Digital Electronics Lab. Logic circuits, number systems, adders, Boolean algebra, comparators, multiplexers, multivibrators, memories, shift registers, and analog-to-digital conversion.

PHYS 305L--Electro-Optics Laboratory. Experiments in modern optics involving electromagnetic theory, including the Kerr effect, electron beam optics, fiber-optic wave guides, the monochromator, the ruby laser, nonlinear optics, the nitrogen laser, the tunable dye laser, and atomic excitation using lasers.


PHYS 309--Engineering Mechanics. Moments, couples, equivalent force systems, distributed force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium, static indeterminancy, friction, applications of forces to engineering systems.


PHYS 310--Analytical Mechanics. Newtonian mechanics, linear oscillations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central forces, dynamics of rigid objects.


PHYS 311--Mechanics of Materials. Stress, strain, torsion, bending, shear, pressure vessels, deflection of beams and shafts, buckling, energy methods.


PHY 320--Materials Science. Crystal structure and defects, stress and strain, theories of hardness and fracture, metallurgy.


PHYS 321L--Materials Science Laboratory. Crystal structure, Young's modulus, shear modulus, polymers, elastomers, visible spectrophotometry, porosity, phase diagrams, viscosity, heat treatment.


PHYS 330--Solid State Physics. Thermal, optical, and electronic properties of solids. Metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Magnetic resonance and superconductivity.


PHYS 331L--Solid State Physics Laboratory. Impurities in semiconductors, x-ray spectrometry, the Hall effect, magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, hysteresis, superconductivity.


PHYS 340--Engineering Thermodynamics. The first and second laws of thermodynamics, reversible processes, PVT diagrams, non-ideal gases, enthalpy, entropy, heat engines, heat pumps, the Carnot cycle, efficiency, Maxwell's relations, heat flow, thermodynamics systems.


PHYS 342--Quantum Mechanics. Solutions to the Schrodinger equation, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, step potentials, tunneling, potential wells, harmonic oscillators, the hydrogen atom, approximation methods.


PHYS 345L--Engineering Measurements Laboratory. Heat engines, the internal combustion engine, oscillations, fluid analysis, wind tunnels, strain gauges.


PHYS 350--Fluid Mechanics The Bernoulli equation, momentum equations, potential flows, viscosity, streamlines, supersonic flow, open channels, turbo machines, the Navier-Stokes equation.


PHYS 360--Electromagnetic Theory. Vector analysis of electric and magnetic fields, Laplaces's equation in spherical and cylindrical coordinates, electrostatic images, polarization, dielectrics, electrostatic and magnetic energy, electric currents, Biot-Savart law, electromagnetic induction, Kirchhoff's laws, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves.


PHYS 497--Research Seminar I. A study of the writing style for a scientific research paper. Researching scientific journals. Students will write a research paper based on a literature search.


PHYS 498--Research Seminar II. A continuation of PHYS 497. Students will conduct experimental research and present results in a research paper and an oral presentation.