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PHYS 100. Preparatory Physics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Prepares students who lack proper high school experience to take PHYS 231 or 234. Basic mathematical tools, physical principles, and problem solving techniques.
Prerequisites: MATH 072 or high school algebra
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHYS 101. Famous People of Science

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The development of scientific method and current scientific outlook as illustrated by the lives and times of Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Curie, and others.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 103. Concepts in Physics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: A thematic presentation of ideas, thought, and experimentation in physics. Topics from classical mechanics, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, relativity, structure of matter. Not open to those who have taken PHYS courses other than general education at the 200-level or above.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 208. Energy and Environment

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Energy forms, resources and conversions. Past and present patterns of energy use. Projections of future demand and supplies of energy. Resources and technologies of future energy alternatives. Environmental problems and conservation strategies associated with energy use.
Semester Offered: Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES| GOAL AREA 10: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


PHYS 231. General Physics I

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Vectors; kinematics of uniformly accelerated motion; static equilibrium; work and energy; linear momentum; circular motion; rotational work, energy, and momentum; elasticity; fluid statics and dynamics; heat and temperature; kinetic theory of gases; laws of thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 or a satisfactory score on the appropriate math placement test, MATH 113, MATH 115, MATH 211, MATH 212, MATH 221, MATH 222, PHYS 100
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 232. General Physics II

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Hooke's law; simple harmonic motion; waves, standing waves, sound; electric forces and fields; electric potential; capacitance; resistance; DC circuits; magnetic forces and fields; induced EMF; inductance; impedance; AC circuits; E-M waves; geometric optics; wave optics; optical devices. Topics from modern physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 231
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 234. Classical Physics I

Credits: 5 View Details
Description: Newton's laws of motion; work and energy; linear momentum; rotational motion; gravity; equilibrium and elasticity; periodic motion; fluid mechanics; temperature, heat and thermal properties of matter; laws of thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: MATH 112, MATH 113, MATH 115
Corequisites: MATH 221
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 235. Classical Physics II

Credits: 5 View Details
Description: Waves, normal modes, and sound; electrical force, fields, and potentials; capacitance and dielectrics; current and resistance; DC circuits; magnetic forces and fields; induction, AC current; E-M waves; geometric and wave optics; optical instruments.
Prerequisites: MATH 221, MATH 222, PHYS 234
Corequisites: MATH 222
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


PHYS 294. Transition Course in Classical Physics

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Selected topics in classical physics. Intended for students to make the transition from PHYS 234 (quarter system) to PHYS 235 (semester system).
Prerequisites: PHYS 234, MATH 242
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHYS 304. Introduction to Biophysics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Thermal and modern physics, networks, and electromagnetism relevant to biological systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS 232
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHYS 308. Medical Informatics for Radiologic Technologists

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Information systems and computer technology as applied to usage in Radiologic Imaging, charting, administration and research.
Prerequisites: MATH 112, PHYS 231
Semester Offered: Fall


PHYS 309. Radiologic Science Seminar

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Four-part seminar to be taken concurrently with the two years spent in the clinical portion of the program.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into clinical phase
Semester Offered: Fall


PHYS 310. Radiologic Science Seminar

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Four-part seminar to be taken concurrently with the two years spent in the clinical portion of the program. One credit per course each semester.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into clinical phase
Semester Offered: Spring


PHYS 328. Modern Physics I

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Photons, Bohr-Rutherford model of the atom, wave-particle duality, Schroedinger equation, hydrogen atom wave functions, many-electron atoms, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics.
Prerequisites: MATH 222, PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


PHYS 329. Modern Physics II

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Special relativity, molecular bonding, quantum theory of solids, nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, elementary particles.
Prerequisites: PHYS 328
Semester Offered: Spring


PHYS 333. Optics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Refraction, geometrical optics, optical instruments, diffraction, interference, polarization, and other aspects of physical optics.
Prerequisites: MATH 222, PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Fall


PHYS 338. Electromagnetic Fields

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Static electric fields, steady currents, static magnetic fields, time-dependent fields, Maxwell's equations, plane electromagnetic waves.
Prerequisites: MATH 325, PHYS 235, PHYS 346
Semester Offered: Even Spring


PHYS 346. Applications in Theoretical Physics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Applications of matrix methods to linear physical systems; applications of vector calculus to 3-dimensional physical systems. The method of series solutions applied to physical wave equations, applications of complex numbers and of Fourier and Laplace transforms.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


PHYS 354. Clinical Radiologic Science I

Credits: 1-16 View Details
Description: Digital image acquisition and display. Pharmacology and drug administration. Radiation protection. Radiographic pathology.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer


PHYS 408. Physics of Digital Medical Imaging

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Digital signal detection and processing as applied to such radiology imaging modalities as CR/DR, CT, MRI, US and NM/PET.
Prerequisites: MATH 112, PHYS 232
Semester Offered: Spring


PHYS 409. Radiologic Science Seminar

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Four-part seminar to be taken concurrently with the two years spent in the clinical portion of the program. One credit per course each semester.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into clinical phase
Semester Offered: Fall


PHYS 410. Radiologic Science Seminar

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Four-part seminar to be taken concurrently with the two years spent in the clinical portion of the program.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into clinical phase
Semester Offered: Spring


PHYS 415. Undergraduate Research

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Independent experimental or theoretical research under staff supervision. Recommended to all undergraduate physics majors.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHYS 420. Seminar

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Lectures, readings, discussion on selected topics. May be repeated.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHYS 430. Advanced Physics Laboratory

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Experiments relating to topics studied in upper-level physics courses.
Prerequisites: PHYS 328
Semester Offered: Fall


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