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Physics (PHYS)


100. Conceptual Physics (3) (F, W, S) Nonmathematical approach to understanding the principles of physics and scientific numeracy. No previous background in physics required.

121. General Physics I (3) (F, W) Topics include Newtonian mechanics.  Course is designed to meet the requirements of science majors.  An excellent understanding of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus (introductory differentiation and integration) is required.  Students must pass a diagnostic math exam to continue enrollment.  Concurrent registration in PHYS 121L recommended. (Prerequisite: MATH 112 and either High School Trigonometry or MATH 111).

121L. General Physics I Laboratory (1) (F, W) Three-hour laboratory on topics covered in Physics 121 (mechanics and waves). Strongly recommended for all students taking Physics 121. (Pre- or co-requisite PHYS 121).

220. General Physics II (3) (F, W) Topics include electricity and magnetism. Course is designed to meet the requirements of science majors. Concurrent registration in Physics 220L recommended. (Prerequisite: PHYS 121.  Completion of MATH 113 recommended).

220L. General Physics II Laboratory (1) (F, W) Three-hour laboratory on topics covered in Physics 220 (electricity and magnetism).  Strongly recommended for all students taking Physics 220. (Prerequisite: Pre- or co-requisite PHYS 220).

221. General Physics III (3) (S) Topics include waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and special relativity.  Course is designed to meet the requirements of science majors. Concurrent registration in PHYS 221L recommended. (Prerequisite: PHYS 121. Completion of MATH 113 recommended).

221L. General Physics III Laboratory (1) (S) Three-hour laboratory based on the topics in Physics 221.  Strongly recommended to any student taking Physics 221. (Pre- or co-requisite PHYS 221).

390R. Special Topics in Physics (1-4) (Variable) Special topics in physics.

495R. Independent Study (1-4) (Variable) This course is offered to provide an opportunity for individual study and senior research thesis and will be scheduled on an  individual basis.