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Physics Course Descriptions
PHYS205 - PHYSICS A (2-2-3)
General introduction to mechanics, including Newton's Laws, equilibrium, work, energy and momentum. The laboratory work will support the concepts studied in class. Prerequisite: MATH225 College Mathematics A. The Arioch Center Course.
PHYS210 - COLLEGE PHYSICS I (3-2-4)
General introduction to mechanics. Topics include kinematics, vectors, Newton's Laws, equilibrium, work and energy, momentum, and circular motion. Prerequisite: MATH205 College Mathematics I. Day Course.
PHYS211 - CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (3-2-4)
A survey of physics and its applications to modern life. Mechanics, sound, heat, electricity, light, and structure of matter are examined. Understanding of concepts, rather than detailed calculations, is emphasized through lecture and laboratory.
PHYS215 - PHYSICS B (2-2-3)
General introduction to mechanical and thermal properties of matter, sound, light, and electricity. The laboratory work will support the concepts studied in class. Prerequisites: PHYS205 Physics A. The Arioch Center Course.
PHYS220 - COLLEGE PHYSICS II (3-2-4)
Physical properties of solids and fluids, heat, sound, light, electric, and magnetic forces. Prerequisites: MATH250 Precalculus and PHYS210 College Physics I. Day Course.
PHYS310 - ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (3-2-4)
A calculus-based course emphasizing the principles and applications of mechanics. Topics include: Newton's Laws, equilibrium; work, energy, power; momentum, circular motion. Prerequisite: MATH265 Engineering Mathematics or MATH235 College Mathematics C. Corequisite: MATH280 Calculus I. Day and
PHYS320 - ENGINEERING PHYSICS II (3-2-4)
Topics include: physical properties of solids and fluids, atomic structure, heat, sound, wave motion, electricity and magnetism. Prerequisites: PHYS310 Engineering Physics I; and MATH280 Calculus I. Corequisite: MATH290 Calculus II Day Course.
PHYS355 - SOUND AND MUSIC, LIGHT AND COLOR (4-0-4)
Properties and principles describing light and sound are studied. Explanations of natural observations of light and sound are given and technical applications are made to such fields as architectural design, sound transmission and communication systems, optical phenomena and musical reproduction. Laboratory demonstrations are used in class to provide further explanation of topics. Prerequisite: MATH205 College Math I. Day Course.
PHYS356 - ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4-0-4)
This course is intended to convey the nature of energy and its effects on technology and environment to the student. A basic explanation of fundamental concepts as well as the origin, forms, uses and distribution of energy will be discussed. Energy sources, such as fossil fuels, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, and tidal will be discussed in terms of their supply, cost and effects on the environment. During the course practical problems will be solved and demonstration experiments presented. Prerequisite: PHYS210 College Physics I. Day Course.
PHYS365 - EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE IN THE INDUSTRIAL R & D LAB (2-4-4)
This course gives the student skills and practice in designing and performing experiments, analyzing results according to mathematical models, and presenting experimental conclusions in written form as appropriate to an industrial R&D laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS210 College Physics I, PHYS310 Engineering Physics I or PHYS205 Physics A; Sophomore status. Day Course.
PHYS380 - METEOROLOGY (3-2-4)
Basic weather science is introduced. Topics will include solar radiation, heat balance, water vapor, winds, vertical circulation, air masses, and storms. Prerequisite: MATH280 Calculus I. Day Course.
PHYS406 - SPECIAL TOPICS - PHYSICS (3-2-4)
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside regular course offerings. Prerequisite: Consent of department head and instructor. Day Course.
PHYS411 - MODERN PHYSICS (3-2-4)
(2-2-4) Fundamental ideas of quantum physics applied to the atom, the nucleus, and electromagnetic radiation. Energy levels, emission and absorption of photons, nuclear energy, radioactivity, relativity and solid state may be discussed. Prerequisite: MATH280 Calculus I; PHYS220 College Physics II or PHYS215 Physics B. Day and The Arioch Center Course.
PHYS525 - ASTRONOMY (4-0-4)
Topics selected from the following: planets and satellites; origin of the solar system; structure and evolution of the sun and stars; white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes; and the expanding universe. Prerequisite: MATH280 Calculus I; PHYS210 College Physics I. Day Course.
PHYS650 - DIRECTED STUDIES (3-2-4)
This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in one or more projects involving an investigation into a current topic in engineering technology. Problems will be chosen in consultation with and after the approval of the curriculum department head. Prerequisite: Senior Status. Day Course.