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PHYS 105
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I - (Formally PHYS116) - 3 semester hour F 
A study of the basic concepts of physics using only elementary algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Topics include vector algebra, motion, gravity, work, energy, momentum, angular momentum, conservation laws, thermodynamics, and vibrations and waves 

PHYS 105
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F
Laboratory experiments designed to complement Physics 116. Basic concepts of measurement, mechanics, heat and electrical circuits.

PHYS 106
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II - (Formally PHYS117) - 3 semester hour F-
 A continuation of PHYS 116 treating electrostatics, magnetism, circuits, optics, relativity, atomic structure, the nucleus and fundamental particles. 
Prerequisite: PHYS 105 General College Physics I

PHYS 106
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II LABORATORY - 1 semester hour Sp
Laboratory experiments designed to complement Physics 117. Electromagnetism, wave motion, optics, atomic structure, and nuclear physics. 
Prerequisite: PHYS 105 General College Physics I
Corequisite: PHYS 106 Introduction to Physics II

PHYS 112
GENERAL PHYSICS I - 3 semester hours F
A calculus-based study of the basic concepts of physics. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion, elasticity, fluid mechanics, thermal equilibrium, temperature, and the laws of thermodynamics with applications to ideal gases and thermodynamic processes. 
Corequisite: MATH 200 Calculus I

PHYS 112
GENERAL PHYSICS I LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F
Laboratory experiments in mechanics, fluids, and heat designed to complement PHYS112. 
Corequisite: PHYS 112 General Physics I

PHYS 113
GENERAL PHYSICS II - 3 semester hours Sp
A continuation of PHYS 112 treating electromagnetism and optics. 
Prerequisite: PHYS 112 General Physics I 

PHYS 113
GENERAL PHYSICS II LABORATORY- 1 semester hour Sp
Laboratory experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to complement PHYS 113. 
Prerequisite: PHYS 112 General Physics I Laboratory
Corequisite: PHYS 113 General Physics II

PHYS 214
GENERAL PHYSICS III - 3 semester hours F
A study of electrostatics, magnetic field, induced electromotive force, magnetic properties of matter, alternating current circuits, electromagnetic waves, the nature of light, reflection, and refraction.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 112 General Physics I\
PHYS 113 General Physics II
MATH 200 Calculus I

PHYS 214
GENERAL PHYSICS III LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F
Experiments will involve concepts in electricity and magnetism, D.C. and A.C. circuits will be used. Some fundamental constants will be measured also. The process of circuit connection and circuit design will be explored. Computer techniques for data analysis will be developed.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 112 General Physics I
PHYS 113 General Physics II
PHYS 214 General Physics III

PHYS 215
GENERAL PHYSICS IV - 3 semester hours Sp
A study of interference, diffraction, wave motion, the quantum theory of radiation, relativity, the Bohr atom, quantum mechanics, x-rays, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fundamental particles, solid state physics and electronics.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 112 General Physics I
PHYS 113 General Physics II
PHYS 214 General Physics III

PHYS 215
GENERAL PHYSICS IV LABORATORY - 1 semester hour Sp
Experiments involving physical optics i.e. diffraction, interference, etc. will be performed. Also, selected experiments from atomic and molecular physics will be included. Additional fundamental constants will be measured. The analysis of data and errors will be further developed using available techniques.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 112 General Physics I
PHYS 113 General Physics II
PHYS 214 General Physics III
Corequisite: PHYS 215 General Physics IV

PHYS 217
INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY I - 2 semester hours Sp
A study of elementary workshop practice, basic instruments for the measurement of mechanical, electromagnetic, optical and thermal quantities, and the effect of uncertainties in measurements on calculated quantities. Selected experiments are also performed and written up by the students.
Prerequisite: PHYS 214 General Physics III

PHYS 218
INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY II - 2 semester hours F
A continuation of PHYS 217.
Prerequisite: PHYS 217 Intermediate Laboratory I

PHYS 300
PRACTICUM - 3 semester hours
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to observe, plan and participate in supervised practicum experiences in a school setting prior to doing student teaching. Students in this course will be assigned to experienced teachers to insure proper orientation into the profession of teaching.

PHYS 301
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHYSICS - 4 semester hours Sp
A course for students who plan to study the current issues in the physical sciences as they relate to: industrial policy, waste disposal, global warming, nuclear energy, the ozone layer and etc. Solutions to the above problems will be explored using the scientific method. A laboratory will accompany the course.

PHYS 302
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS - 3 semester hours F, Sp
A survey of selected topics in physics which are designed to meet the needs of students preparing to teach at the middle school level. 

PHYS 302
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F, Sp
A set of laboratory experiences designed to support the topics covered in the lectures. 
Corequisite: PHYS 302 Conceptual Physics

PHYS 311
OPTICAL PHYSICS - 3 semester hours F
A systematic study of wave motion, interference, diffraction polarization dispersion, and spectra with an introduction to quantum and modern optics. 
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 214 General Physics III
PHYS 215 General Physics IV
MATH 200 Calculus I
MATH 201 Calculus II and consent of instructor

PHYS 312
THERMAL PHYSICS - 3 semester hours Sp
A unified approach to the thermal properties of matter based on the quantum viewpoint and intuitive concepts of probability used to discuss entropy, temperature, chemical potential, free energy, and thermodynamic potential. The laws of thermodynamics are developed from simple models of physical systems. The thermal properties of the monatomic ideal gas are derived, and classical kinetic theory is discussed.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 214 General Physics III
PHYS 215 General Physics IV
MATH 201 Calculus II

PHYS 313
PHYSICAL MECHANICS - 3 semester hours F
A study of the elements of vector analysis, kinematics, particle dynamics, the gravitational field, oscillations, motion of particles in two dimensions, planetary motion, motion of groups of particles, rigid bodies and introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 112 General Physics I
PHYS 113 General Physics II
PHYS 214 General Physics III
PHYS 215 General Physics IV
MATH 350 Differential Equations
 

PHYS 319
ADVANCED LABORATORY I - 3 semester hours Sp
A study of thermionic emission vacuum and solid state diodes and triodes in the linear approximation; simple oscillators and amplifiers including frequency response, gain and stability consideration; basic oscilloscopes; devices for detecting and measuring radiation and particle; fundamental considerations involved in pulse analysis and counting methods of measurements and accuracy of determination of several of the fundamental constants.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 217 Intermediate Laboratory I
PHYS 218 Intermediate Laboratory II

PHYS 320
ADVANCED LABORATORY II - 2 semester hours F
A continuation of PHYS 319.
Prerequisite: PHYS 319 Advanced Laboratory I

PHYS 321
PHYSICS DEMONSTRATIONS - 3 semester hours F
A study of some procedures used in handling demonstration equipment used in teaching the basic laws and principles of physics. This course is designed primarily for students following the Endorsement in Education curriculum and high school teachers.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

PHYS 414
ELECTROMAGNETISM I - 3 semester hours Fall even years
A study of vector calculus, electrostatics, dielectric materials, special relativity, and the four vector notation.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 214 General Physics III
Corequisite: MATH 300 Calculus III

PHYS 415
ELECTROMAGNETISM II - 3 semester hours Sp
A continuation of PHYS 414 including magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, and radiation.
Prerequisites: PHYS 414 Electromagnetism I
MATH 301 Multivariate Calculus III

PHYS 416
QUANTUM MECHANICS I - 3 semester hours F odd years
A study of the foundations of quantum theory, the Schrodinger equation, wave packets, free particles, particle in a box, the harmonic oscillator, coherent states, angular momentum and spin, Pauli spin matrices, addition of angular momenta, the hydrogen atom, complex atoms, Heisenberg matrix mechanics, and quantum computation.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 313 Physical Mechanics
 

PHYS 417
QUANTUM MECHANICS II - 3 semester hours Sp even years
Continuation of the study of quantum mechanics. Perturbation theory – time independent and time dependent, variational techniques, applications to atomic and molecular states, interaction of atoms and molecules with external electric and magnetic fields, relativistic quantum mechanics.
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 416 Quantum Mechanics I 

PHYS 418
METHODS OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS - 3 semester hours F odd years
Mathematical techniques for solving physics problems are developed. Infinite series, vector analysis, boundary and initial value problems, complex analysis, special functions, Fourier analysis, probability theory, variational methods, stochastic processes and simulations, numerical methods for integrals, Fourier transforms, and linear algebra, and statistical methods for point and interval estimation and hypothesis testing are discussed.
Prerequisites: 
MATH 300 Calculus III

PHYS 421
PHYSICS DEMONSTRATION II - 3 semester hours Sp
Primarily for Associate in Education majors; procedures in handling demonstration equipment used in teaching the basic laws and principles of physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 215 General Physics IV

PHYS 422
ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS - 3 semester hours F
Astudy of the photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, matter waves, the atomic nature of matter, Rutherford's and Bohr's models of the atom, wave mechanics, one-electron atoms, magnetic moments, spin, transition rates, the exclusion principle, multielectron atoms, the periodic table, quantum statistics, superfluidity, molecules, ionic and covalent bonds, molecular spectra, rotational and vibrational spectra and the Raman effect. 
Prerequisites: 
PHYS 311 Optical Physics
PHYS 312 Thermal Physics

PHYS 424
SENIOR THESIS - 2 semester hours
For senior physics major only; independent research/study on an approved topic of particular interest to the student. The student must submit a written thesis and pass a comprehensive oral examination.

PHED 402
STUDENT TEACHING IN PHYSICS - 3 semester hours F
The course is designed to provide supervision on the content area for pre-service secondary physics candidates
Prerequisites: 
Department Approval
Corequisites: 
EDUC 402 Student Teaching Seminar; EDUC 402 Student Teaching

PHYS 481
BIOPHYSICS - 3 semester hours Sp
A study of the blending of the concepts and methods of physical science with those of life science in the investigation of biological problems. Topics will be from the areas of biomedics (body statics and dynamics, acoustics, fluid flow and properties of membranes), a bioelectricity (nerve stimulation and conduction), thermodynamics, interaction of radiation with matter and biophysical instrumentation (microscopy, electrical measurements, X-ray diffraction).

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