Physics courses

PHY101 - Conceptual Physics
The course includes a study of linear and non-linear motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, momentum, energy, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. These topics are studied in a conceptual manner that includes little mathematics (beginning high school algebra level). The historical perspective on these concepts and the way in which they were developed is included.(3 credits)
PHY107 - The Physics of Everyday Life
A one-semester physics course for students seeking a physical science course to fulfill their natural science general education requirement and those students needing a one-semester physics course for a graduate school program. The primary goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles of physics that are at work in creation, as well as how they have been implemented technologically. Specific topics may vary somewhat, but will always focus on the foundational aspects of physics: mechanics, electromagnetism, wave behavior and thermodynamics. There will be some discussion of the historical development of physics and its relationship to faith. Prerequisite: MAT109 or higher, or ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT 550 or above), or consent of department chair. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY111SN - General Physics I
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) Though allstudents are welcome in this IGE physics course, this is the first in a twocourse algebra-based sequence designed particularly for life science majorsand others intending to apply to medical or graduate school. The courseincludes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy,momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, and oscillations. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 109, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT550 or above), or consent of the department chair.
PHY112 - General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)
PHY160SN - Astronomy
(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts in astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include the investigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and an emphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christian perspective of our place in the universe. Note: There is a laboratory/observation component to this course. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math score of 22 (SAT520 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
PHY211SN - Classical Physics I
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) Though allstudents are welcome in this calculus-based, IGE physics course, this is thefirst of a two course sequence designed for math, science, and engineeringmajors and others who have taken or are taking calculus and intend to applyto medical or graduate school. This course includes the following topics:kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillations,and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 112, or consent of the department chair.
PHY212 - Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
PHY213 - Electronics and Instrumentation
For students seeking a minor in physics. Topics will include analog and digital electronics components, basic analog and digital theory of circuit operation, and interfacing recording instruments to experimental apparatus.Prerequisite: PHY212 or permission of department chair.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY231 - Engineering Statics
Primarily for pre-engineering students. Topics include vector and scalar treatment of coplanar and noncoplanar force systems, resultants, equilibrium, friction, centroids, second movements, Mohr's circle, radius of gyration, internal forces, shear, and bending diagrams. Prerequisite: PHY211. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY250 - Special Topics
A study of topics in physics which are not fully covered in other courses.Prerequisites: PHY111, 112 or 211, 212.(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY270 - Classical Dynamics
The study of how things move. Topics will include kinematics of particlesand systems of particles, Newton?s laws of motion, momentum and energy,oscillations/vibrations, Lagrangian mechanics, central forces, non-inertialframes, rigid bodies, and coupled oscillators. Prerequisites: PHY212 and MAT212. (MAT212 may be taken concurrently withPHY270). (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
PHY370 - Modern Physics
For students seeking a minor in physics or those interested in obtaining a physics teaching endorsement. Topics will include special relativity, quantized energy and momentum, Schrodinger's Equation, nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology.Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY398 - Directed Study
PHY417 - Internship
PHY433WI - Introductory Physical Chemistry
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(Writing intensive) An introductory course in chemical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics. Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.Prerequisites: MAT112QR and MAT211; and CHE112 or PHY212.Cross-referenced in physics.
PHY436 - Intermediate Physical Chemistry
An intermediate course in chemical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics.Prerequisite: PHY433x.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHY499 - Honors Research
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