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Physics (PHYS)
Department of Chemistry and Physics

PHYS 1014   Physical Science
This course provides a survey of chemistry, physics, meteorology, and astronomy. Some of the major topics covered are laws of motion, energy, work, atomic and molecular structure, chemical equations and calculations, gas laws, acid-base and redox reactions, atmospheric structure, weather systems, solar system, stars and galaxies, and theories of origins. It is advised that this course and BIOL 1014 Life Science be taken to meet the 8 hour lab science requirement for liberal arts majors. Not applicable for a minor in Physics. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1123. (Fall)

PHYS 1111   General Physics I Laboratory
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with PHYS 1113. Lab 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or MATH 1303. Corequisites: MATH 1252 and PHYS 1113. (Spring)

PHYS 1113   General Physics I
Principles of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light for technology or liberal arts students. Not applicable for degree requirements in engineering, mathematics, the B. S. in chemistry, or a minor in physics. Class 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or MATH 1303. Corequisites: MATH 1252 and PHYS 1111. (Spring)

PHYS 1121   General Physics II Laboratory
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with PHYS 1123. Lab 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 1111, MATH 1252 and either MATH 1203 or MATH 1303. Corequisite: PHYS 1123. (Fall)

PHYS 1123   General Physics II
Principles of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light for technology or liberal arts students. Not applicable for degree requirements in engineering, mathematics, the B. S. in chemistry, or a minor in physics. Class 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 1113, MATH 1252 and either MATH 1203 or MATH 1303. Corequisite: PHYS 1121. (Fall)

PHYS 2011   University Physics I Laboratory
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with PHYS 2013. Lab 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1903. Corequisite: PHYS 2013. (Spring)

PHYS 2013   University Physics I
A calculus based study of the theory and application of mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics, waves and sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Class 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1903. Corequisite: PHYS 2011. (Spring)

PHYS 2021   University Physics II Laboratory
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with PHYS 2023. Lab 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 2013 and MATH 1903. Corequisite: PHYS 2023. (Fall)

PHYS 2023   University Physics II
A calculus based study of the theory and application of mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics, waves and sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Class 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 2013 and MATH 1903. Corequisite: PHYS 2021. (Fall)

PHYS 2514   Astronomy
A study of astrophysical phenomena. The focus of this course will be on planetary and stellar systems, with an introduction to cosmology. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher. (Summer)

PHYS 3214   Relativity and Quantum Theory
A study of special relativity, the dual nature of particles and waves, principles of quantum mechanics, including bound states and free particles, quantum tunneling, and a quantitative investigation of the Hydrogen atom. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 2023 and MATH 2013. (Spring, Odd years)

PHYS 3323   Atoms, Nuclei, and Particles
A continuation of nonclassical physics including the study of spin and multi-electron atoms, the statistics of Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein systems, with applications in molecules, solids, nuclei, and elementary particles and their relevance to the early universe. Class 3. Prerequisites: MATH 2023 and PHYS 3214. (Fall, Odd years)

PHYS 3941   Science Curriculum Research
An independent research course where the student designs a science unit for an upper-level elementary or secondary course focused in physics. The objective is to find and integrate print and electronic resources to present concepts and actively engage the learners with the concepts appropriate to their level. Class 1. Prerequisite: 8 hours of lab science. (On Demand)

PHYS 3951   Introduction To Research
To expose students considering a career in scientific research to issues and realities of this professional arena. Topics include the scientific method, searching the literature, writing scientific proposals, the principle investigator, approaching analysis of data, presenting results, and the publication process. This course also prepares students for supervised undergraduate research. (Same as BIOL 3951 and CHEM 3951.) Class 1. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (Spring)

PHYS 4113   Advanced Mechanics
A mathematically rigorous treatment of classical mechanics including in depth treatments of Newton's laws, oscillations and gravity, motion in non-inertial reference frames, rotations of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations, and an introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics. Class 3. Prerequisites: MATH 2023 and PHYS 2023. (Fall, Even years)

PHYS 4253   Advanced Quantum Mechanics
A mathematically rigorous treatment of quantum mechanics applied to translational, vibrational, and rotational energies of molecular systems. Topics include the variation method, perturbation theory, as well as ab-initio and semi-empirical treatments of polyatomic molecules. (Same as CHEM 4253.) Class 3. Prerequisites: Either CHEM 4123 or PHYS 3214, and MATH 2023. (Fall, Odd years)

PHYS 4414   Optics
A mathematically rigorous treatment of electromagnetic theory, leading to wave solutions of the Maxwell equations; the propagation, reflection and refraction of light; geometrical optics including mirrors, lenses, and optical instruments; physical optics including polarization, interference, and diffraction of light; and an introduction to Fourier optics. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: PHYS 2023 and MATH 2013. (Spring, Even years)

PHYS 4811   Senior Science and Christian Faith Seminar
Graduating seniors majoring in the natural sciences will explore various topics in natural science and Christian faith through readings and discussion. Topics will include origins of the cosmos, life, and humanity, as well as questions of ethics and stewardship. (Same as BIOL 4811 and CHEM 4811.) Class 1. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Spring)

PHYS 4951   Undergraduate Research
The student will perform research on topics in physics under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Emphasis will be placed upon initiative and creativity with reports and oral presentations required twice a semester. Class 1. Lab 3.

PHYS 4953-4994   Special Topics
Topics of general interest to science teachers, scientists, engineers, and others. Topics may include subjects with specific foundation in the physical sciences. This course may be taken more than one time when topics are different. Class 3. Lab 3. (On Demand)