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Physics

Course Descriptions

PHYS& 100: Physics for Nonscience Majors

Credits: 4.0

One quarter course in physics designed for nonscience majors. Students learn how physics explains their world. Class activities include learning about experimentation, measurement, and simple mathematical modeling. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or MATH 095 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of general scientific principles, with an emphasis on the fundamental principles that govern the physical universe. These include the principles underlying physical theories and processes of scientific discovery, and the nature of scientific evidence upon which contemporary physics theories are based.  [REASON] 
  2. Apply physical principles and concepts in physics to problems that affect their lives, in particular, and our society, in general.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze physical systems, solve problems, and answer questions using mathematics appropriate to physics and performing calculations appropriate to the task.  [REASON] 
  4. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 101: Physics Lab for Nonscience Majors

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Make accurate and precise measurements and perform quantitative analysis appropriate for physics.  [REASON] 
  2. Demonstrate understanding and application of the design and conduct of experiments, and base conclusions on observations and experimental evidence.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 124: General Physics Lab I

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to study and analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 121.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 125: General Physics Lab II

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to study and analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 122.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 126: General Physics Lab III

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to study and analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 123.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 134: General Physics I

Credits: 4.0

Basic concepts in mechanics, such as dynamics, kinematics, energy, and momentum. Prerequisite(s): MATH& 141 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at a nonmajors level of the basic principles of Newtonian dynamics, kinematics, energy and momentum.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze physical systems to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 135: General Physics II

Credits: 4.0

Basic concepts in waves, sound, heat, fluids, and optics. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. Prerequisite(s): PHYS& 134 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at a non-majors-level of the basic principles of waves, sound, heat, fluids, and optics.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze physical systems to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 136: General Physics III

Credits: 4.0

Basic concepts in electromagnetism, electronics, and modern physics. Modern physics includes relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and sold state physics. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. Prerequisite(s): PHYS& 135 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at a non-majors-level of the basic principles of electromagnetism, electronics, and modern physics.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze physical systems to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS 155: Special Topics

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Seminars of current interest in physics. Prerequisite(s): Previous course in physics or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explore current topics in physics.  [EXPLORE] 
  2. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.  [REASON] 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS 198: Individual Project in Physics

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected project or approved experiences in the field of physics. Prerequisite(s): Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.  [REASON] 
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity that supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.  [ACT] 
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.  [REASON] 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS 199: Special Projects

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Individual projects in Physics.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.  [REASON] 
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity which supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.  [ACT] 
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.  [REASON] 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 231: Engineering Physics Lab I

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 221.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 232: Engineering Physics Lab II

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 222.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 233: Engineering Physics Lab III

Credits: 1.0

Lab emphasizes hands on applications.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use scientific methods, work in groups to analyze physical systems, apply quantitative measures to answer questions, and solve problems through experiments and hands-on activities based on the principles introduced in Phys& 221.  [REASON] 

PHYS& 241: Engineering Physics I

Credits: 4.0

Physics for people with an interest in becomming scientists or engineers. Toipcs covered will be kinematics, dynamics, momentum and energy. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): MATH& 151 and ENGL& 101, each with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at the majors-level of the basic principles of Newtonian dynamics, kinematics, energy and momentum.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze a physical system to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 242: Engineering Physics II

Credits: 4.0

Topics covered will include electromagnetism, oscillations, and gravitation. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): PHYS& 241, MATH& 152 and ENGL& 101, each with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at the majors-level of the basic principles of electromagnetism, oscillations, and gravity.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze a physical system to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS& 243: Engineering Physics III

Credits: 4.0

Topics covered will include waves, fluids, optics, and modern physics. Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): PHYS& 242, MATH& 153, and ENGL& 101 each with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding at the majors-level of the basic principles of waves, fluids, optics, and modern physics.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the scientific method and its application to these principles.  [REASON] 
  3. Apply quantitative measures to situations involving these principles and develop a strong facility for working problems based on these principles.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze a physical system to decide what information and principles are relevant to understanding the behavior of the systems.  [REASON] 
  5. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to physics with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS 298: Individual Project in Physics

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected project or approved experiences in the field of physics. Prerequisite(s): Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.  [REASON] 
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity that supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.  [ACT] 
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.  [REASON] 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.  [COMMUNICATE] 

PHYS 299: Special Projects

Credits: 5.0

Individual projects in Physics.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.  [REASON] 
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity that supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.  [ACT] 
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.  [REASON] 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.  [COMMUNICATE]