# Physics (PHYS)

**PHYS 120 Introduction to Engineering**

**4 cr**

Introduces students to basic scientific methodology, current problems and fundamental principles of engineering design. Intended for nonscience majors and potential engineering students. Required laboratory introduces fundamental science and engineering principles through collaborative projects such as robotics.

**Corequisite:**PHYS 120L

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/lab (CSTL)

**PHYS 131 General Physics I**

**4 cr**

This is the first of a two-semester sequence, designed primarily for students in the biological and health sciences and others who desire a rigorous but non-calculus-based course that presents a complete introduction to physics. Covers vectors, one and two dimensional motion, Newton's laws, and rotational motion, conservation of energy and momentum, gravitation, wave motion, sound, heat and thermodynamics.

**Corequisite:**PHYS 131L

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/lab (CSTL)

**PHYS 132 General Physics II**

**4 cr**

This is the second of a two-semester sequence, designed primarily for students in the biological and health sciences and others who desire a rigorous but non-calculus-based course that presents a complete introduction to physics. Covers geometrical optics, electricity and magnetism, electronics, modern physics, relativity.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 131

**Corequisite:**PHYS 132L

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/lab (CSTL)

**PHYS 140 Astronomy**

**3 cr**

Looks at historical and modern aspects of astronomy. Topics covered will include: the Earth-Moon system, our solar system, galaxies, the observable universe, as well as current research in astronomy, including quasars, pulsars, black holes, other planetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial life.

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/o lab (CST)

**PHYS 151 Introduction to Mechanics**

**4 cr**

First course in a three-course introductory physics sequence which utilizes a calculus-based approach to study the natural world. This course focuses on kinematics, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational motion.

**Corequisite:**PHYS 151L

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/lab (CSTL)

**PHYS 200 Seminar for Physics Majors**

**1 cr**

Explores the discipline of physics in order to support majors in their academic work and help them understand their career options. Explores the diversity of fields within physics through presentations, reading and writing activities and interactions with peers and mentors. This seminar is required for all MCLA physics majors.

**PHYS 251 Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism**

**4 cr**

Third course in a three-course introductory physics sequence which utilizes a calculus-based approach to study the natural world. This course focuses on electricity and magnetism, including Maxwell's Laws.

**Corequisite:**PHYS 251L

**Attributes:**Core Science & Tech w/lab (CSTL)

**PHYS 252 Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Relativity**

**4 cr**

Second course in a three-course introductory physics sequence which utilizes a calculus-based approach to study the natural world. This course focuses on waves, optics, and special relativity.

**Corequisite:**MATH 320, PHYS 252L

**PHYS 301 Classical Mechanics**

**3 cr**

Studies particle motion in two- and three-dimensions, systems of particles, rigid bodies, moving coordinates systems, and Lagrange's equations.

**PHYS 303 Electricity and Magnetism**

**3 cr**

Studies electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations and its applications. Applications include electromagnetic properties of matter, wave propagation, radiating systems and special relativity.

**PHYS 305 Electronics**

**3 cr**

Provides experience in building and analyzing analog and digital circuits and becoming familiar with the standard electronics lab equipment, such as oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, and multimeters. Students will build circuit containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, and logic gates and analyze these circuits, which entails calculating the theoretical output (voltage, current, signal shape) and comparing these predictions to the experimental output.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 351

**PHYS 351 Modern Physics**

**4 cr**

Studies the discovery of various physical phenomena which led to the development of quantum mechanics and introductory quantum mechanics.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 252

**Corequisite:**PHYS 351L

**PHYS 361 Mathematical Physics**

**3 cr**

Presents mathematical methods of use in the solution of physical problems. Topics covered include linear equations: vectors, matrices, and determinants, multiple integrals: applications of integration, vector analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, coordinate transformations and tensor analysis, and probability.

**Prerequisite:**MATH 320

**PHYS 401 Advanced Physics Laboratory I**

**3 cr**

Studies laboratory techniques to supplement senior physics courses or work on special projects with departmental approval. Use of current computer technology is integral.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 252

**PHYS 402 Advanced Physics Laboratory II**

**3 cr**

Continues Physics 401. Use of current computer technology is integral.

**Prerequisite:**Grade of C or better in PHYS 401

**PHYS 403 Introduction to Particle Physics**

**3 cr**

Introduces the concepts necessary to understand the structure of matter at the most fundamental level. Considers matter in terms of its most elementary constituents, and discusses the properties, classifications, and forces which act on these particles. Discusses the relationship between conservation laws and symmetries. The experimental study of elementary particles is discussed throughout the course. Concludes with a discussion of outstanding questions in the field.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 351

**PHYS 460 Statistical Thermodynamics**

**3 cr**

Studies statistical techniques applied to physical phenomena. Topics include kinetic theory of gasses, classical thermodynamics and quantum statistical physics.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 252

**PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics**

**3 cr**

Studies inadequacies of classical mechanics and explores ways of describing nature at the atomic level. Topics include the Schrödinger equation and its solutions for various simple systems, expectation values, operator formalism and matrix representation.

**Prerequisite:**PHYS 351

**PHYS 499 Teaching Assistantship in Physics**

**1-3 cr**

Provides the opportunity for a student to assist in the preparation and/or implementation of a physics course.

**Prerequisite:**Department approval

**Repeatable:**Maximum of 6 credits

**PHYS 500 Directed Independent Study**

**1-3 cr**

Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth. Written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor are required.

**Prerequisite:**Junior/senior status, department approval

**Repeatable:**Maximum of 12 credits

**PHYS 510 Independent Research**

**1-3 cr**

Participation in research in physics under the direction of a member of the physics faculty in a specific area.

**Prerequisite:**Department approval

**Repeatable:**Maximum of 12 credits

**PHYS 540 Physics Internship**

**3-15 cr**

Offers the upper-level physics major an opportunity to practice physics in an appropriate professional situation. The student will work with a faculty sponsor and an off-campus supervisor in gaining experience significant to the major.

**Prerequisite:**Department approval, junior/senior status

**Repeatable:**Maximum of 15 credits

**PHYS 580 Special Topics in Physics**

**1-4 cr**

Studies concepts, problems, issues, topics or themes that are important in the field of physics. Special topic seminars may explore a variety of topics including but not limited to: physics for educators, solid state physics, robotics and engineering applications. Lab may be required depending on topic.

**Prerequisite:**Department approval

**Repeatable:**Unlimited Credits