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Physics - Spring 2017

Physics 200B
Mechanics & Waves

5 credits
Plaus, Valerie
Prerequisites: 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, 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 majors and pre-health students: PHYS 200B & PHYS 205 for pre-health, biology, and geology; PHYS 200B & PHYS 218 for chemistry and math/computer science; PHYS 200B, PHYS 213, PHYS 214, PHYS 215, PHYS 218, & PHYS 220 for physics and pre-engineering majors.

Physics 216
Optics, Thermodynamics, and Relativity

5 credits
Voytas, Paul
Prerequisite: Physics 200; Mathematics 202 is suggested as a co-requisite.
Introduction to wave phenomena, optics, thermodynamics, and special relativity. Among the topics included are interference and diffraction, refraction and optical systems, the thermodynamic properties of matter, and special relativity. Every year.

Physics 220
Modern Physics

5 credits
George, Elizabeth
Prerequisite: Physics 218. Co-requisite: Physics 216.
This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics with applications from various areas of physics and related fields. The lab will include experiments related to quantum mechanics as well as experiments that introduce you to contemporary research laboratory equipment and techniques. The course is writing intensive, so an emphasis will be placed on communicating scientific ideas and experimental results in writing.

Physics 320
Computational Physics

2 credits, 1st half
Plaus, Valerie
Prerequisites: Physics 220 and Math 202 and Comp 150.
This course builds upon the foundation laid in Physics 220, Mathematics 202, and Computer Science 150. We will explore computational physics by developing numerical solutions to a variety of physics problems that do not have analytic solutions. We will also look at various means of visualizing the complex data sets that frequently arise from this type of problem solving.

PHYS 332
Electromagnetism

4 credits
Fleisch, Dan
Prerequisites: Physics 311 and Mathematics 212.
Mathematical theory and physical behavior of electric and magnetic fields. Maxwell’s equations are developed in both differential and integral forms and are used in the analysis of electrostatic and electromagnetic phenomena.

Physics 350
Advanced Laboratory

1 credit
Voytas, Paul; Fleisch, Dan
Prerequisite:  Physics 220
A laboratory course emphasizing experimental design, laboratory techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, and written reports of experiments. A variety of advanced physics experiments will be performed.

Physics 360
Junior Seminar

1 credit
Fleisch, Dan
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
Fleisch, Dan
Prerequisite: Physics major of senior standing.
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

1-4 credits
Staff
Prerequisite: Permission required.
Students must submit an Independent Study proposal to the Registrar’s Office, Recitation Hall, for final approval, the student will then be officially registered for the credits.

Physics 491
Internship

1-4 credits
Staff
Prerequisite: Permission required.
Course reserved for supervised research during summers or while off campus.

Physics 498
Senior Thesis

1-4 credits
Staff
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair required.
Writing intensive. Offered on demand.

Physics 499
Senior Honors Thesis

0-8 credits
Staff
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair and Director of the Honors Program required.
Writing intensive. Offered on demand.

 

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