Physics

Classes

PHY 101 : General Physics I

This non-calculus introductory physics course is normally taken by sophomores and includes topics in classical mechanics (force and torque, acceleration, momentum, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, work and energy), elastic properties of solids, properties of fluids, and heat and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on applications in the sciences particularly of interest to biology, nursing, and physical therapy majors. A required one credit laboratory accompanies the lecture and provides students with the opportunity to experiment with applications of the lecture concepts. Students also enroll in recitation.  

Credits

3

Corequisites

PHY 101L (1 credit), PHY 101R

PHY 102 : General Physics II

A continuation of PHY 101, including topics in electricity and magnetism, sound, and light. Emphasis is on applications in the life sciences particularly of interest to biology, nursing, and physical therapy majors. A 1-credit laboratory (taught partially online in Moodle) accompanies the lecture and provides students with the opportunity to experiment with applications of the lecture concepts.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

PHY 102L (Laboratory, 1 credit) and PHY 102R recitation

PHY 103 : Physics for Medical Sciences

An introduction to college physics for students interested in professional careers in health sciences or medicine.  Topics covered include kinematics, Newton's Laws, circular motion and statics, energy, momentum, mechanical waves and sound, fluids, thermodynamics, electrostatics, DC circuits, light and optics, radiation and imaging.  Student must also enroll in lab.  No credit if student has taken and passed PHY-101 or PHY-105 or PHY-107 or equivalent.

Credits

4

Corequisites

PHY-103L

PHY 105 : Conceptual Physics

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of physics emphasizing a conceptual rather than mathematical point of view. Topics covered include motion, forces, energy, heat, vibrations and waves, electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity.

PHY 107 : Physics I

This calculus-based general physics course is designed for majors in mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, or biology, including pre-engineering and pre-medical students. Topics include linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, linear and angular momentum, oscillatory motion, fluid statics and dynamics, sound, and thermodynamics. A 1-credit laboratory accompanies the lecture and provides students with applications of the lecture concepts. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

PHY 107L, PHY 107R

PHY 108 : Physics II

A continuation of PHY 107. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, and some atomic and nuclear physics. A one-credit laboratory accompanies the lecture and provides students with the opportunity to experiment with applications of the lecture concepts.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 107; MAT 202

Corequisites

PHY-108L; PHY-108R