**Course Descriptions - Physics**

**PHY106 Meteorology (3-0-3)**

This course covers the fundamental concepts of
meteorology including meteorological instruments and
observation, synoptic chart interpretation, air masses,
fronts, fog formation and dissipation, and severe weather.
Also covered are weather reporting and forecasting and the
dissemination of meteorological information. Students will
be required to access and untilize the World Wide Web to
review and formulate web-based weather strategies.
PR: One year of high school science

**PHY120 Physical Science I (3-0-3)**

This is one of a two-course sequence for the non-science
major designed to provide an overview of the basic concepts
of physics, chemistry, earth science and space science.
It covers the fundamentals of physics and space science;
topics include the concepts of force, motion, energy,
electricity, light, formation of the solar system, lifecycle
of stars and classification of galaxies. In addition, the
course will focus on the development and application of the
scientific method, the relationships among the various
physical sciences and the role of physical science in
interpreting the world around us. Knowledge of basic
algebra and mathematical skills is required. Conceptual
understanding of physical principles will be stressed rather
than their mathematical interpretations.
PR: Two years of high school math

**PHY121 Physical Science II (3-0-3)**

This is one of a two-course sequence for the non-science
major designed to provide an overview of the basic concepts
of physics, chemistry, earth science and space science. It
covers the fundamentals of chemistry and earth science;
topics include the atomic nature of matter, states of
matter, changes of state, chemical reactions, the rock
cycle, how chemical elements are cycled, the atmosphere and
hydrosphere. In addition, the course will focus on the
development and application of the scientific method, the
relationships among the various physical sciences and the
role of physical sciences in interpreting the world around
us. Knowledge of basic algebra is required. Conceptual
understanding of physical principles will be stressed rather
than their mathematical interpretations.
PR: Two years of high school math

**PHY153 Physics I (3-3-4)**

This course uses algebra, trigonometry and geometry
to describe forces, kinematics, dynamics, and
conservation laws. The following topics are covered:
translation motion, torque, friction, projectile motion,
momentum, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion,
sound and thermodynamics. Vector algebra will be used
extensively. This course cannot be used toward the
Math/Science or Computer Science degree.
PR: MAT 129
F

**PHY154 Physics II (3-3-4)**

This course is the second part of a one-year sequence.
It uses algebra, trigonometry and geometry to describe
fluids, electricity, magnetism, and optics. The following
topics are covered: fluids at rest, electric force and
field, potential, capacitance, current, resistance, DC
circuits, magnetic force and fields, AC currents
reflection, refraction, mirror lenses and gratings. This
course cannot be used toward the Math/Science or Computer
Science degree.
PR: MAT 129 or higher
S

**PHY221 College Physics I (3-3-4)**

The course uses a calculus-based problem solving
approach to describe kinematics, dynamics, conservation
laws and sound. The following topics are covered: force,
friction, translational and rotational motion, torque,
momenta, periodic motion and sound.
PR or CR: MAT 180
F

**PHY222 College Physics II (3-3-4)**

The course is the second part of a one-year sequence.
It uses a calculus-based problem solving approach
to describe electricity, magnetism, induction, and optics.
The following topics are covered: electric force and field,
Gauss's Law, electric potential, capacitance and
dielectrics, current, resistance and EMF, DC circuits,
magnetic force and field, electromagnetic induction, AC
circuits, geometric optics and wave optics.
PR/CR: MAT 181
PR: PHY 221
S

**PHY223 College Physics III (3-3-4)**

This course introduces the concepts of quantum
mechanics. Students study mechanical vibrations and
non-dispersive and dispersive waves in classical physics.
This course includes the study of the special theory of
relativity, the wave nature of particles, and Schroedinger's
wave equation. This course incorporates the application of
principles of quantum mechanical ideas to the structure of
atoms, molecules and solid state matter.
PR: PHY 222
CR: MAT 240

**PHY224 Thermodynamics & Stat Mech (3-0-3)**

This course introduces thermodynamics and statistical
mechanics. This course covers the lawsw of thermo-
dynamics and their applications particularly to nanoscale
systems, entropy, chemical potential, phase equilibria,
surfaces and interfaces, microscopic atomic and molecular
properties, ensembles, and the three distribution functions
in statistical mechanics (Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac,
and the Bose-Einstein).
PR: PHY 223

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