Course Topics

PHYS-282-A Modern Physics

A continuation of Modern Physics I with applications of quantum physics to nuclear, atomic, solid state, elementary particle physics and astrophysics. Topics of investigation in the laboratory will include a number of classic experiments drawn from the history and development of modern physics. Students are expected to alter or extend many of the experiments and engage in projects. The course includes instruction in scientific writing.

PHYS-364-A Electricity and Magnetism

A study of electic and magnetic fields leading up to Maxwell's equations and their applications. The topics include the electrostatic and magnetostatic fields in vacuum and in matter, scaler potentials, vector potentials, electrodynamics and electromagnetic waves.

PHYS-185-A Nanoscience:Implications Quat

The laws of physics take a sudden detour from the world we know when the objects we study get very small. This has major implications for science and technology. This course traces a line from the early arguments about whether or not quantum mechanics was too "spooky" to be real, to our present day dependence on magnetic computer technology, and into the future, where advances in medicine and technology will need to be balanced with the fears of potential risks to health and environment. There will be a focus on the basic science necessary to understand how physics is different on the quantum scale as well as discussion of the major groups of thought on the subject in each period of history. Students will be responsible for reading the texts, leading class discussions, and giving presentations on the topic.

PHYS-151-A General Physics I

An investigation of the important principles of physics, including recent developments. Designed for the arts major as well as students majoring in one of the sciences. This course meets the basic requirements in physics for preprofessional students in health related fields, including medicine. Topics include mechanics, energy, fluids, heat, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and nuclear physics. Although this is a non-calculus course, the foundation of physics is mathematical modeling of the physical world. Thus, a basic working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is assumed and will be further developed as the course proceeds. Graphical and statistical analysis is employed throughout the laboratory component.