CH 210 Principles of Chemistry I (4.00)
Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.
CH 211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1.00)
Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.
CH 221 Honors Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1.00)
Inquiry based examination of fundamental chemical concepts in context of their impact on research, humanity and the environment using modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation. NOTE: Minimum score of 28 on the math ACT or permission of the instructor required.
CH 230 Principles of Chemistry II (4.00)
Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.
CH 231 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1.00)
A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.
CS 308 Introduction to Programming (3.00)
Introduces the fundamental constructs that are common to all modern computer languages. Emphasizes basic programming skills with loops, conditionals, methods and arrays.
MT 360A Calculus I (4.00)
Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.
MT 360B Calculus II (4.00)
Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.
MT 360C Calculus III (4.00)
Presents topics of multivariable calculus including calculus of vector functions, multivariable functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, applications and other topics as time permits.
MT 463 Differential Equations (3.00)
Studies solutions first and second order different equations, applications, linear differential equations, series solutions, laplace transforms, numerical solutions, and systems of linear differential equations with constant coefficients.
PH 304A General Physics with Calculus I (3.00)
Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.
PH 304B Gen Physics with Calculus II (3.00)
A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.
PH 305A General Physics with Calculus I (1.00)
Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.
PH 305B General Physics Lab with Calculus II (1.00)
Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.
PH 408 Analytical Mechanics/Special Relativity (3.00)
Reviews Newtonian mechanics. Introduces calculus of variations and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. Describes collisions and oscillations, including normal modes of coupled systems. Introduces relativistic kinematics.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304A MT*463;
PH 410 Electricity and Magnetism (3.00)
Studies Coulombs law through the electromagnetic field of moving charge. Develops electrostatic fields in vacuum and in dielectrics, magnetic fields associated with constant and variable currents in vacuum and in magnetic materials, Maxwell's synthesis, and the propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, in dielectrics and in good conductors.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND MT*360C;
PH 420 Electronics (4.00)
Discusses electronics and circuits. Includes AC and DC circuit analysis, physics of semiconductor devices, applications of transistors and operational amplifiers, and an introduction to digital logic and computer interfaces. NOTE: One three-hour lab per week.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*202B AND PH*304B;
PH 425 Optics With Laboratory (4.00)
Reviews geometric optics and simple interference and diffraction phenomena. Introduces aberrations, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, the Michelson interferometer, circular and elliptical polarization, birefringence, and nonlinear crystals. Examines coherence; students build a laser cavity.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;
PH 451 Modern Physics Laboratory & Seminar (2.00)
Exploration of quantum and relativistic phenomena, application of statistical methods to experimental data, and discussion of ethical considerations in physics research.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;
PH 460 Quantum Theory & Spectroscopy (3.00)
Formal development of the theory of quantum mechanics with applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational structure of molecules, spectroscopic techniques, and chemical bonding.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND CH*230;
Cross listing(s): CH 430B.
PH 465 Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics (3.00)
Application of statistical methods to explain the laws of thermodynamics. Includes discussion of temperature, multiplicity of states, entropy, Boltzmann factors, and the partition function, applied to systems including ideal gases, quantum gases, and solids.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;
PH 470 Introduction to Astrophysics (3.00)
Reviews the observational bases of astrophysics, radiative properties of stars, stellar spectra, binary and variable stars, stellar interiors and evolution, and galaxies and cosmology. Includes observational work.
Cross listing(s): AS 470.
PH 475 Physics Capstone Seminar (1.00)
Review of and reflection on the physics curriculum, including extensions of selected assignments completed in previous courses. Discussion of the ethical considerations faced by practicing scientists.
PH 490E-W Independent Study/Physics: (1.00 - 4.00)
Offers an opportunity for advanced independent research.
PH 498E-W Internship in Physics (3.00)
Involves placement of advanced physics students in industry, government or other agencies. Faculty approval, supervision, and evaluation of students' work required.
Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*451;