Courses

PHYS 103 - Discovering Physics as a Liberal Art
3 Credit Hours

A liberal arts course in physics intended for non-scientists. The course presents physics as a human endeavor underlying the major technological advancements of the twentieth century. Topics include the scientific method, motion, energy, heat, light, relativity, the atom, fission and fusion. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed, and one credit of high school algebra is required. Lecture and laboratory.
PHYS 131 - Astronomy I
3 Credit Hours

A study of the structure and origin of the solar system including historical views, comparing the planets and their satellites, and solar system formation. Lecture and laboratory.
PHYS 132 - Astronomy II
3 Credit Hours

A study of the sun, the life and death of a star, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and both the past and future of the universe. Lecture and laboratory.
PHYS 145 - Engineering Design I
1 Credit Hours

Departmental resources, teamwork, problem solving techniques.
Prerequisites: PHYS 162
PHYS 146 - Engineering Design II
1 Credit Hours

A continuation of PHYS 231.
Prerequisites: PHYS 162
PHYS 151 - General Physics I
4 Credit Hours

An introductory course in mechanics and heat. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: Official math placement or permission of instructor.
PHYS 152 - General Physics II
4 Credit Hours

An introductory course in sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: Official math placement or permission of instructor.
PHYS 161 - General Physics I with Calculus
4 Credit Hours

A calculus-based introductory course in mechanics and heat. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 161.
PHYS 162 - General Physics II with Calculus
4 Credit Hours

A calculus-based introductory course in sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 161
PHYS 210 - Light and Atomic Physics
3 Credit Hours

Kinetic theory, charged subatomic particles, atomic interactions with radiation, photon mechanics, relativity, Bohr theory, quantum mechanics.
Prerequisites: MATH 161, PHYS 152 or 162
Other: Co-requisite PHYS 211L
PHYS 211L - Light and Atomic Physics Lab
1 Credit Hours

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.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 210.
PHYS 220 - Nuclear Physics
3 Credit Hours

Particle accelerators, detection of charged particles, the neutron, nuclear stability, nuclear reactions, nuclear forces, the shell model, beta decay, particle physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 210.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 221L.
PHYS 221L - Nuclear Physics Lab
1 Credit Hours

Experiments in detecting charged particles, neutrons, and gamma rays. Counting statistics, radiation shielding, stopping power, scintillation counters, semiconductor detectors, the multichannel analyzer, time-of-light techniques, analysis of bubble chamber photographs, detection electronics.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 220.
PHYS 250 - Electronics
3 Credit Hours

DC and AC circuits. Semiconductor devices, rectifiers, amplifiers, and oscillators.
Prerequisites: MATH 161, PHYS 152 or 162
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 251L
PHYS 251L - Electronics Lab
1 Credit Hours

Multimeters, oscilloscopes, Thevenin?s theorum, Fourier analysis, Lissajous figures, timing circuits, transient and steady-state responses, transducers, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 250
PHYS 260 - Digital Electronics
3 Credit Hours

Representation of digital information, logic networks, integrated circuit technology, multiplexing, microprocessors.
Prerequisites: PHYS 151 or 161
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 261L.
PHYS 261L - Digital Electronics Lab
1 Credit Hours

Logic circuits, number systems, adders, Boolean algebra, comparators, multiplexers, multivibrators, memories, shift registers, and analog-to-digital conversion.
Prerequisites: Co-requisite: PHYS 260.
PHYS 305L - Electro-Optics Laboratory
1 Credit Hours

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.
Prerequisites: PHYS 210
PHYS 309 - Engineering Mechanics
3 Credit Hours

Moments, couples, equivalent force systems, distributed force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium, static indeterminacy, friction, application of forces to engineering systems.
Prerequisites: MATH 161, PHYS 152 or 162
PHYS 310 - Analytical Mechanics
3 Credit Hours

Newtonian mechanics, linear oscillations, Langrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central forces, dynamics of rigid objects.
Prerequisites: MATH 162, PHYS 151 or 161, PHYS 152 or 162
PHYS 311 - Mechanics of Materials
3 Credit Hours

Stress, strain, torsion, bending, shear, pressure vessels, deflection of beams and shafts, buckling, energy methods.
Prerequisites: MATH 162, PHYS 151 or 161, PHYS 152 or 162
PHYS 320 - Materials Science
3 Credit Hours

Crystal structure and defects, stress and strain, theories of hardness and fracture, metallurgy.
Prerequisites: PHYS 152 or 162; MATH 161
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 321L
PHYS 321L - Materials Science Lab
1 Credit Hours

Crystal structure, Young?s modulus, shear modulus, polymers, elastomers, visible spectrophotomery, porosity, phased diagrams, viscosity, heat treatment.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 320.
PHYS 330 - Solid State Physics
3 Credit Hours

Thermal, optical, and electronic properties of solids. Metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Magnetic resonance and superconductivity.
Prerequisites: PHYS 152 or 162; MATH 162
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 331L
PHYS 331L - Solid State Physics Lab
1 Credit Hours

Impurities in semiconductors, x-ray spectrometry, the Hall effect, magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, hysteresis, superconductivity.
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 330
PHYS 340 - Engineering Thermodynamics
3 Credit Hours

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, thermodynamic systems.
Prerequisites: MATH 161, PHYS 152 or 162
PHYS 342 - Quantum Mechanics
3 Credit Hours

Solutions to the Schroedinger equation, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, step potentials, tunneling, potential wells, harmonic oscillators, the hydrogen atom, approximation methods.
Prerequisites: MATH 162, PHYS 151 or 161, PHYS 152 or 162
PHYS 345L - Engineering Measurements Lab
1 Credit Hours

Heat engines, the internal combustion engine, oscillations, fluid analysis, wind tunnels, strain gauges.
Prerequisites: PHYS 340
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 350
PHYS 350 - Fluid Mechanics
3 Credit Hours

he Bernoulli equation, momentum equations, potential flows, viscosity, streamlines, supersonic flow, open channels, turbo machines, the Navier-Stokes equation.
Prerequisites: MATH 162, PHYS 161, PHYS 152 or 162
Other: Co-requisite: PHYS 345L
PHYS 360 - Electromagnetic Theory
3 Credit Hours

Vector analysis of electric and magnetic fields, Laplace?s equation in spherical and cylindrical coordinates, electrostatic images, polarization, dielectrics, electrostatic and magnetic energy, electric current, Biot-Savart law, electromagnetic induction, Kirchhoff?s laws, Maxwell?s equations, electromagnetic waves.
Prerequisites: PHYS 151 or 161, PHYS 152 or 162
Other: Pre- or co-requisite MATH 230
PHYS 497 - Research Seminar I
1 Credit Hours

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.
Prerequisites: Major in physics.
Other: In combination with PHYS 498, this course satisfies the advanced composition requirement for general studies.
PHYS 498 - Research Seminar II
1 Credit Hours

Continuation of PHYS 497. Students will conduct experimental research and present results in a research paper and an oral presentation.
Prerequisites: PHYS 497
Other: In combination with PHYS 497, this course satisfies the advanced composition requirement for general studies.