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PHYSICS Department Chair

Clint Jones, Ph.D. FACULTY

Associate Professors: Ronald Brown, Ph.D.; Clint Jones, Ph.D. Assistant Professors: Morewell Gasseller, Ph.D; Dyan Jones, Ph.D.


The study of physics is essential to every other natural science because it informs how the processes in the world work. As such, our physics courses are offered in the spirit of exposing students to the fundamentals of physics and highlighting the applications to other areas of science such as chemistry, biology, and health sciences.

Students must also choose two of the following courses: covered. This portion of the General Physics series will deal strictly with mechanics; topics include: motion in SCI 235 Computational Science 3 credits one-, two-, and three-dimensions, the laws of motion, MATH 233 Calculus III 4 credits work, potential energy, kinetic energy, conservation of PHYS 370 Optics 3 credits energy, linear and rotational motion, and the prediction PHYS 350 Mechanics of motion based on initial conditions. Prerequisite: MATH (currently offered as a tutorial) 170. Corequisite: PHYS 203. 3 credits. PHYS 360 Electrodynamics (currently offered as a tutorial) PHYS 202. General Physics II This course is a continuation of General Physics I; Students who wish to earn the minor will be required to calculus skills are required. Topics include: waves, earn at least a “C” in every course and to maintain a 2.5 electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and GPA overall in their minor courses. thermodynamics. Problem solving and the relationships COURSE DESCRIPTIONS between physics and the fields of biology, biochemistry, and chemistry continue to be emphasized. Prerequisites: PHYS 201, (MATH 171 – beginning in Spring 2015) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Corequisite: PHYS 206. 3 credits. PHYS 100. Conceptual Physics As a study focusing on the ideas of physics, this course is aimed at students with non-science majors. Very few math skills are necessary as the emphases are the historical development of physics, the main concepts and ideas of physics, and the current state of the discipline. A central theme in the course will be using physics to explain everyday phenomena. No lab with this course. 3 credits.

Along with the basic science, physics courses will offer students the opportunity to develop their critical reasoning and problem solving skills. A natural outcome of these courses is an increased capacity to tackle new PHYS 101. Principles of Physics I and challenging problems in a variety of contexts This course is an algebra-based physics course and disciplines. designed both for students with science majors and as a laboratory science course in the core curriculum. A physics minor is currently available, and flexible A working knowledge of algebra and the basics of enough to accommodate a student In any of the STEM trigonometry are required. The major topics that will disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). be covered include Newtonian mechanics, circular This minor gives students a distinct advantage over their motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion and peers in graduate school or the work force and provides Fluid mechanics. Though concepts of physics will be students an opportunity to study advanced and discussed in detail, the focus of the course will be cutting-edge physics. problem-solving techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 112, OR, MATH 118. Corequisite: PHYS 103. 3 credits. Students are required to take theory and lab courses concurrently unless permission is granted from both PHYS 102. Principles of Physics II the instructor and the department. Withdrawal from This course is a continuation of Principles of Physics one without withdrawal from the other is not allowed I; thus similar mathematical skill level requirements without permission from both the instructor and apply. Additionally, this course in the series continues the department. to emphasize the application of physics to other fields. Topics include vibrations, wave motion, light and optics, All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a and electricity & magnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 101. grade of C or better in order for a student to be eligible Corequisite: PHYS 106. 3 credits. to enroll in a course. If this requirement has not been met prior to the start of the semester during which PHYS 103. Principles of Physics I Lab a student is enrolled, students will be removed from Laboratory experience to accompany Principles of the course where the prerequisites have not been Physics I. Corequisite: PHYS 101. 1 credit. satisfactorily met.


All students must take: MATH 170 Calculus I 4 credits MATH 171 Calculus II 4 credits PHYS 201 General Physics I 3 credits PHYS 203 General Physics I Lab 1 credit PHYS 202 General Physics II 3 credits PHYS 206 General Physics II Lab 1 credit PHYS 310 Modern Physics 3 credits


PHYS 203. General Physics I Lab Laboratory experience to accompany General Physics I. Corequisite: PHYS 201. 1 credit. PHYS 206. General Physics II Lab Laboratory experience to accompany General Physics II. Corequisite: PHYS 202. 1 credit. PHYS 310. Modern Physics This course is a continuation of PHYS 201/202 and is designed to present natural science and mathematics students with exposure to contemporary physics topics and their applications. Topics include: relativity, nuclear physics, particle physics, and basic quantum physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. 3 credits.

PHYS 106. Principles of Physics II Lab Laboratory experience to accompany Principles of Physics II. Corequisite: PHYS 102. 1 credit. PHYS 201. General Physics I This is a calculus-based course that is designed for natural science and mathematics majors, (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth-space science education, mathematics). The role of physics in other scientific fields will be emphasized as classical mechanics is

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