Physics (PH)

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PH-101   Physics in Our LivesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Presents major concepts and methodologies in physics and their importance in today's society. Introduction to principles of physics and their applications to today's technology using lectures and demonstration.

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PH-103   The Physics of Sound and MusicCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

Presents the topics of sound and music from a physics point of view. Covered topics are harmonic motion, waves (both traveling and standing), the human voice and ear, the production of music and musical scales and the physics of several representative instruments.

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PH-105   Physics for the Life Sciences ICredits: 3   

Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA-101, MA-105, MA-109, MA-115, or a higher-level mathematics course, all with a grade of C or higher.

Corequisite: PH-105L.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

An introduction to classical physics intended primarily for students majoring in the life sciences. Topics include: mechanics, dynamics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

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PH-105L   Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory ICredits: 1   

Corequisite: PH-105.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Laboratory work to complement PH-105. Experiments in the fields of statics, dynamics, energy, momentum, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and spectroscopy. Three hours per week.

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PH-106   Physics for the Life Sciences IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PH-105 and PH-105L, both passed with a grade of C- or higher.

Corequisite: PH-106L.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

An introduction to classical physics intended primarily for students majoring in the life sciences. Topics include, mechanics, dynamics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

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PH-106L   Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory IICredits: 1   

Corequisite: PH-106.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Laboratory work to complement PH-106. Experiments in the fields of sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and spectroscopy. Three hours per week.

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PH-150   Principles of AstronomyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

The historical development of astronomy and the modern concepts of the universe, including demonstrations and viewing sessions with optical telescopes.

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PH-198   Special Topics in Physics (100 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in physics to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PH-211   General Physics with Calculus ICredits: 4   

Prerequisite: MA-125.

Corequisite: PH-211L.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): NS

The first of a two-semester sequence of courses that, taken together, provide a thorough introduction to classical physics using calculus. Topics covered include: one- and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws and their applications, energy, momentum and impulse, rotational motion, gravitation, and thermodynamics.

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PH-211L   General Physics with Calculus Laboratory ICredits: 1   

Corequisite: PH-211.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Laboratory experiments to complement the topics covered in PH-211. Includes experiments in statics, dynamics, and thermodynamics.

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PH-212   General Physics with Calculus IICredits: 4   

Prerequisites: MA-126, PH-211 and PH-211L, all passed with a grade of C- or higher.

Corequisite: PH-212L.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): NS

The second of a two-semester sequence of courses that, taken together, provide a thorough introduction to classical physics using calculus. Topics covered include: sound and wave mechanics, electrostatics, circuits, magnetic forces and fields, Faraday's Law, reflection and refraction, and optics.

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PH-212L   General Physics with Calculus Laboratory IICredits: 1   

Corequisite: PH-212.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Laboratory experiments to complement the topics covered in PH-211. Includes experiments in sound, electricity, magnetism, circuits, and optics.

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PH-298   Special Topics in Physics (200 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in physics to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PH-299   Independent Study in PhysicsCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Guided study of a selected topic in physics not substantially treated in a regular course, under the direction of a member of the Physics faculty.

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PH-301   Modern PhysicsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PH-302 passed with a grade of C- or higher.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Topics from physics of the twentieth century, including special relativity, the origins of quantum theory, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, nuclear physics, and elementary particles.

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PH-302   Theoretical PhysicsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PH-212 passed with a grade of C- or higher.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Presents physics topics aimed at the advanced undergraduate level. The subjects range over classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and statistical mechanics, with explicit links made to topics from PH-301. The course is calculus-based, and seeks to round out the physics education of physics minors.

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PH-398   Special Topics in Physics (300 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in physics to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PH-399   Independent Study in PhysicsCredits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research on a selected topic under the direction of a Physics faculty member.

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PH-499   Independent Study in Physics (400 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research on a selected topic under the direction of a Physics faculty member. Three hours per week per credit.