Courses Offered

Physics Courses

PS 101 Introduction to Physics (3)

For non-majors. Recommended for partial fulfillment of the graduation requirement in natural science. Selected topics from the field of classical and modern physics are studied and discussed in terms of their impact on modern society without mathematical emphasis. This is a general education course.

PS 102 Introduction to Physics – Health (3)

For non-majors. Recommended for partial fulfillment of the graduation requirement in natural science. Selected topics from the field of classical and modern physics are studied and discussed in terms of their impact on the health profession. Students will not receive credit for both PS 101 and PS 102. This is a general education course. Prerequisites: MA 110, MA 116, or higher, or concurrent enrollment.

PS 120 Meteorology (3)

The Earth’s atmosphere and basic circulation patterns including types and classification of clouds and air masses, the formation of fronts, winds aloft computations, principles of forecasting, energy considerations and other associated physical processes. This is a general education course. Prerequisites: MA 104 or one and a half years of high school algebra.

PS 126 Physical Science for Elementary Ed (5)

This course, designed to provide a comprehensive background in physical and earth science for the elementary school teacher, will provide lecture and laboratory experiences which will serve to improve confidence in both scientific process and product applicable to all elementary curricula. Four lectures and one lab period per week. This is a general education course.

PS 261 College Physics I (5)

Recommended for medical arts and general science students. Mechanics, heat, and sound are studied. Lecture-recitation and laboratory. This is a general education course. Prerequisites: MA 116 and MA 117, or MA 123, or MA 151, or concurrent enrollment.

PS 262 College Physics II (5)

A continuation of College Physics I. Electricity, optics and modern physics. Lecture-recitation and laboratory. Prerequisite: PS 261.

PS 281 General Physics I (5)

Required for students who wish to major in physics and astronomy and for pre-engineering students. Mechanics, heat, and sound are studied. Lecture-recitation and laboratory. This is a general education course. Prerequisite: MA 151 or concurrent enrollment.

PS 282 General Physics II (5)

A continuation of General Physics I. Electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Lecture-recitation and laboratory. Prerequisite: PS 281.

PS 291 Elementary Computational Physics (2)

An introduction to computer modeling of physics problems using spreadsheet programs, computer algebra systems, and other mathematical software. Prerequisite: MA 151 or concurrent enrollment.

PS 310 Relativity (2)

Concepts of space and time, frames of reference, Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity and elements of General Relativity. Prerequisite: PS 262 or PS 282.

PS 320 Electromagnetic Theory I (3)

The basic theory of electromagnetic fields and waves using calculus and vector methods. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 321 Electromagnetic Theory II (3)

A continuation of Physics 320. Prerequisite: PS 320.

PS 322 Electrical Laboratory (2)

Basic theory of semiconductors and the application of this theory in electrical measurements. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: PS 262 or PS 282.

PS 330 Optics (3)

Physical and geometrical optics. Lecture-recitation. Prerequisite: PS 262 or PS 282.

PS 332 Optics Laboratory (1)

Experiments with lens systems, mirrors, aberrations, the spectrometer, interference and diffraction, and polarization. Prerequisite: PS 330 or concurrent enrollment.

PS 334 Thermodynamics (3)

A consideration of heat phenomena, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, their principal consequences and applications to simple systems, and the kinetic theory of gases. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 335 Theoretical Mechanics I (3)

A mathematical study of classical mechanics. Rigid body statics and dynamics, kinetics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles, and conservative and non-conservative force fields. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 336 Theoretical Mechanics II (3)

A continuation of Theoretical Mechanics I. Prerequisite: PS 335.

PS 340 Electronics (3)

Digital electronic circuits and devices with special emphasis on computer interfacing to instrumentation. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory a week. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 350 Modern Physics I (3)

Phenomena specific to the extra-nuclear structure of the atom; phenomena peculiar to the atomic nucleus; introduction to quantum and wave mechanics, and relativity. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 351 Modern Physics II (3)

A continuation of Physics 350. Prerequisite: PS 350.

PS 352 Atomic and Nuclear Physics Laboratory (1)

Measurements of constants fundamental to atomic physics: Planck’s constant, electron charge and mass, speed of light, etc. Techniques of nuclear alpha, beta and gamma ray spectroscopy. Prerequisite: PS 350.

PS 360 Experimental Physics (1 or 2)

Experimental design and techniques. Extensive use of technical literature will be necessary. Independent work is encouraged. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

PS 365 Introduction to Theoretical Physics (3)

Application of ordinary and partial differential equations, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, Gamma functions, and complex variables to problems in the fields of physics and engineering. Prerequisite: PS 262 or PS 282, or concurrent enrollment.

PS 366 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

Techniques and models in computational physics. Prerequisites: PS 262 or PS 282; MA 153.

PS 368 Computational Physics Research (3)

Computational physics research in any of the areas of physics. A written and an oral presentation of the work is required. Prerequisite: Departmental permission.

PS 370 Special Subjects in Physics (Credit to be arranged)

Offered on demand as teaching schedules permit. Material is to be chosen according to student interest from any one of a number of fields of physics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.