Department of Physics
Physics is the most basic of the natural sciences. Its domain includes the study of the smallest fundamental particles of nature and the largest aggregations of galaxies in the universe. It is a study of forces and conservation principles. The language of physics is mathematics, and the deepest understanding and the most elegant expressions of physics are communicated symbolically through mathematics.
Physics outlines the fundamental principles on which other sciences are based. A year of college-level physics is a requirement for the bachelor of science degrees in biology, chemistry and exercise science and recommended for crop science areas such as plant genetics or biotechnology. Medical schools, most veterinary schools, and some other schools in the health professions require a year of college-level physics.
Students planning to take PH 211-212 must have MA 100C Mathematical Foundations or math placement.
Courses in Physics
The excitement of seeing the physics in the world around us makes this course appropriate for students majoring in humanities, social sciences and education. Principles studied in motion, light and waves are from classical physics (conceptual rather than mathematical), but students will be introduced to ideas from twentieth-century relativity, quantum physics and cosmology.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 111L.
Physical observations and measurements in experiments that relate to topics in the lecture course are assigned, some of which are done outside the laboratory as 'every-day world' physics.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 111.
The physical principles of motion of particles and interaction forces, equilibrium, work-energy, fluids, wave motion, sound, heat and thermodynamics are introduced using conceptual ideas and problem solving. Parallel mathematical derivations will be used occasionally to introduce students to calculus formulations. Does not meet the physics requirement for the electrical engineering degree.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 211L.
Prerequisite: MA 100C or placement
Selected experiments in topics that parallel the lecture course in motion, equilibrium, sound and heat using analog and digital electronic data acquisition with traditional equipment will introduce the student to methods of investigating scientific phenomena and communicating results.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 211.
The physical principles of electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic radiation and light, optics, relativity, quantum theory and nuclear physics are introduced using conceptual ideas and problem solving. Parallel mathematical derivations will be used occasionally to introduce students to calculus formulations. Does not meet the physics requirement for the electrical engineering degree.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 212L.
Prerequisites: PH 211 or consent, and MA 100C or placement
Selected experiments in topics that parallel the lecture course in electricity and magnetism, optics and radiation physics will continue the methods used for investigating scientific phenomena and communicating scientific findings.
Must be taken concurrently with PH 212.