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Course Descriptions

PHYS 2114 – College Physics I – 4 credit hours

A non-calculus based introduction to models of physical phenomena including conservation of energy, three-phrase matter, mechanical energies, oscillations, particle models of matter, bond energy, and thermal energy, thermodynamics, ideal gas, entropy, Bernoulli’s principle, solid-state energy-density, and linear transport. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual analysis, graphical interpretation, and communication. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: MATH 1124 or equivalent. Course rotation: Fall.

 

PHYS 2124 – College Physics II – 4 credit hours

A continuation of College Physics I, including the following physical models: Galilean space-time, momentum conservation, angular momentum conservation, Newtonian mechanics, harmonic motion, electrical and magnetic models including fields, forces, and potentials, waves, interference, and optics. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in PHYS 2114. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 2414 – General Physics I – 4 credit hours

A calculus-based introduction to models of physical phenomena including conservation of energy, three-phrase matter, mechanical energies, oscillations, particle models of matter, bond, energy, and thermal energy, thermodynamics, ideal gas, Galilean space-time, momentum conservation, angular momentum conservation, Newtonian mechanics. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual analysis, problem solving, graphical interpretation, and communication. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: MATH 2315 or equivalent. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 2424 – General Physics II – 4 credit hours

A continuation of General Physics I, this course presents an introduction to Bernoulli’s principles, solid-state energy-density, linear transport, harmonic motion, electrical and magnetic models including fields, forces, induction, and potentials, harmonic waves, interference, and optics. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: MATH 3315 and minimum grade of C in PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Fall.

 

PHYS 2713 – Introduction to Computational Science – 3 credit hours

Presents an introduction to the theory and application of computer programming. Basic control 195 structures and object-oriented constructs are explored. Also listed as CIS 2713 and MATH 2713. Prerequisite: MATH 1013 unless waiver requirements are met. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 3103 – Statics – 3 credit hours

Study of forces on objects at rest. Contents include: a discussion of vector algebra; a study of force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; application to trusses, frames, and beams; and friction. Corequisite or Prerequisite: MATH 3314. Prerequisite: PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Fall.

 

PHYS 3203 – Dynamics – 3 credit hours

Study of particle dynamics, rigid-body motion, small oscillations, rotating coordinate systems, and an introduction to the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2424. Corequisite or Prerequisite: MATH 3323 or MATH/PHYS 4303. Course rotation: Varies.

 

PHYS 3404 – Electrodynamics – 4 credit hours

Study of the fields produced by static charges and steady currents. Topics include electric fields and dielectrics, magnetic fields and magnetic materials, scalar and vector potentials, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic waves. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisites: PHYS 2424 and MATH 3314 or equivalent. Course rotation: Varies.

 

PHYS 3614 – Thermodynamics – 4 credit hours

Presents a discussion of the fundamental principles and applications of thermodynamics. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 3703 – Modern Physics – 3 credit hours

This course presents an overview of some of the discoveries in physics since the late nineteenth century. Topics include relativity (objects traveling near the speed of light), particle physics (particles smaller than nucleons), nuclear decays and energy/mass equivalence, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 2424 and MATH 3314 or equivalent. Course rotation: Varies.

 

PHYS 4303 – Engineering Mathematics – 3 credit hours

Topics that appear in the study of the physical sciences and in engineering. Topics can vary but will include Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and the divergence theorem; complex variables; partial differential equations; and numerical methods. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of technology into the mathematical process. Also listed as MATH 4303. Prerequisite: MATH 2315. Course rotation: Alternates with MATH 3323 in spring. General Education: Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge.