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Physics - Fall 2014

Physics 100N   Concepts In Physics
4 credits, Online Course
Fleisch, Dan

Pre-requisite:  Minimum Math Placement 22                       
This course is designed for those who want to understand the nature of matter, energy, and how things work in the real world.  We will cover a very broad range of topics in classical and modern physics, including Newton’s laws of motion, Kepler’s planetary laws, electric circuits, magnetism, radar, stealth technology, optics, lasers, atomic structure, and nuclear power.  This is a math-intensive course.  This course will be taught online.

 

Physics 200B   Mechanics & Waves                                   
5 credits                                                                                
George, Elizabeth

Pre-requisite:  Placement into Math 201 is required.  Math 201 is strongly suggested as a co-requisite.
The study of classical mechanics and waves.  Topics include kinematics (the description of motion), dynamics (forces and Newton's laws), work and energy, impulse and momentum, statics, rotational motion, oscillations, and waves.  There will be 3 class meetings and one 3-hour lab each week.  This is the first course in various introductory physics sequences designed for science and mathematics majors and pre-health and pre-engineering students.

 

Physics 205   Topics in Classical and Modern Physics                      
5 credits                           
Williams, Jeremiah

Pre-requisite:  Physics 200B or equivalent.
This course is a sequel to Physics 200B, designed specifically to give an overview of selected topics in physics for students such as biology and geology majors and pre-health professionals. Topics to be covered include: heat and thermodynamics, geometrical and physical optics, electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, and radiation. We will include applications of physics to biology and medicine and to other areas of student interest. A three-hour lab will meet every week.

 

Physics 218   Introductory Electromagnetism                                                                              
5 credits                    
Hoffman, Ian

Pre-requisite:  Physics 200B; Mathematics 202 is required as a co-requisite.
The course provides an introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic fields and Direct Current and Alternating Current circuits. We will emphasize applications to the real world and developing familiarity with the appropriate mathematical tools. The laboratory will emphasize DC and AC electric circuits and becoming familiar with such nearly universal instruments as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, and signal generators. One three-hour lab per week. 

 

Physics 311   Mechanics
4 credits
Hoffman, Ian

Pre-requisites:  Physics 220.  Mathematics 212 & 215 are recommended.
Mechanics 311 is intended for students who have studied some mechanics in an introductory physics course. It extends and expands the techniques from the introductory level to allow us to deal with more complicated and realistic problems and also to look at more fundamental issues in physics such as conservation laws. We will explore many topics from among these: conservation laws, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, two-body problems, non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, normal modes, chaos theory, Hamiltonian mechanics, and continuum mechanics. Analytic and numerical (computer) techniques will be included in this exploration.

 

Physics 313   Electronics                                                                 
2 credits, 1st half              
Voytas, Paul

Pre-requisite:  Physics 218.
The invention of the solid state transistor a little over 50 years ago changed the way we live and work, making possible the variety of cheap and powerful electronic devices that we use every day.  This course will provide you with an understanding of basic electronic circuits and devices.  The emphasis will be on a hands-on, practical understanding of circuit elements such as diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.  A majority of class time will be spent in the lab, where you will learn to design, construct, test, and use useful circuits such as voltage dividers, filters, amplifiers, and oscillators.

 

Physics 330   Statistical and Thermal Physics
4 credits
Williams, Jeremiah

Prerequisites: Physics 311 and Mathematics 212.
This course provides an integrated treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, which provides a way to study complex, many particle systems.  Potential topics are:  Maxwellian distributions, classical and quantum physics, entropy, heat, and thermodynamics.

 

Physics 360   Junior Seminar                                            
1 credit                      
Voytas, Paul

This course, intended for upper-level physics majors, has the following goals: to develop the skills required to make clear presentations on technical topics; to learn to use reference materials pertinent to physics; and to get a feel for what is currently interesting and important in physics and related fields, including societal, ethical, and career issues.  CLAC option available.  Please consult the Language Department Course Descriptions for more specific information.

 

Physics 460   Senior Seminar                                
1 credit                      
Voytas, Paul

This course, intended for upper-level physics majors, has the following goals: to develop the skills required to make clear presentations on technical topics; to learn to use reference materials pertinent to physics; and to get a feel for what is currently interesting and important in physics and related fields, including societal, ethical, and career issues.  CLAC option available.  Please consult the Language Department Course Descriptions for more specific information.

 

Physics 490   Independent Study                           
Variable credit
Staff

 

Physics 491   Internship                                                      
Variable credit
Staff

Course reserved for supervised research during summers or while off campus.

 

Physics 498   Senior Thesis                                    
Variable credit         
Staff

Writing intensive.  Offered on demand.

 

Physics 499   Senior Honors Thesis
0-8 credits
Staff

Writing intensive.  Offered on demand.

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