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2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Physics

  
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    PHYS 1050 - Concepts of Physics

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    An introduction to the concepts of physics from a logical non-mathematical viewpoint. Credit cannot be earned in this course if credit has been earned in PHYS 1110  or PHYS 1310 . Prerequisite: Placement at math level 2. (3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 1090 - Fundamentals of the Physical Universe

    (4)
    Applies fundamental principles of Chemistry and physics to real life situations. Designed primarily for elementary education students. Prerequisite: Placement at math level 3. (3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 1110 - General Physics I

    (4)
    Introduces fundamental laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Some attention to processes of scientific discovery. For science and non-science students seeking a background in physics. Credit cannot be earned in this course if credit has been earned in PHYS 1310 . Prerequisite: Placement at math level 3. (3 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 1120 - General Physics II

    (4)
    Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, light, relativity, and nuclear physics. A continuation of PHYS 1110 . PHYS 1110 . (3 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 1310 - College Physics I

    (4)
    Students concentrate on physical sciences, math, or engineering and are introduced to the laws of classical mechanics (including mechanical waves and simple harmonic motion), and thermodynamics as applied to physical problems with an emphasis on theoretical development. Incorporates examples and topics from contemporary physics where appropriate. Prerequisite: MATH 2200 . (3 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 1320 - College Physics II

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    Students are introduced to the laws of classical electromagnetism, classical optics and modern physics as applied to physical problems, with an emphasis on theoretical development. Incorporates examples and topics from contemporary physics where appropriate. Prerequisite: MATH 2200 . (3 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab)
  
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    PHYS 2149 - Nuclear Century

    (3)
    Students acquire an understanding and appreciation for the development of nuclear energy and the social, psychological, political, and environmental issues associated with it. (3 hrs lec)
  
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    PHYS 2320 - Modern Physics

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    Serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and explores many subfields that were facilitated by its formulation: nuclear, atomic, elementary particle, and condensed matter physics. In addition, the course delves into special and general theories of relativity and examines their applications in cosmology and astrophysics. Students will also consider the mathematical process of renormalization and the quest to formulate a unified model of the fundamental forces that reconciles quantum physics with general relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 1320 . Corequisite: MATH 2310 . (3 hrs lec)