Course Descriptions

201 College Physics 1
Algebra-based treatment of the laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, gravitation, mechanical waves, wave interference, and sound. Prerequisite: MATH112 Trigonometry or satisfactory completion of a trigonometry competency test. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: College Physics by Sears & Zemansky. Offered every fall semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 4 hours.

202 College Physics 2
Algebra-based treatment of electricity, direct current circuits, magnetism, geometric optics, and interference. Prerequisite: PHYS201 College Physics 1. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: College Physics by Sears & Zemansky. Offered every spring semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 4 hours.

211 General Physics 1
Calculus-based treatment of the laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, gravitation, mechanical waves, wave interference, and sound. Prerequisite: MATH222 Calculus 1. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: University Physics by Young & Freedman. Offered every fall semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 5 hours.

212 General Physics 2
Calculus-based treatment of electricity, Gauss’s Law, direct current circuits, magnetism, geometric optics, and interference. Prerequisite: PHYS211 General Physics 1. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: University Physics by Young & Freedman. Offered every spring semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 5 hours.

213 General Physics 3
Calculus-based treatment of statics, periodic motion, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat, thermal properties of matter, inductance, and alternating current. Prerequisite: PHYS212 General Physics 2. Textbook: University Physics by Young & Freedman. Offered every fall semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 3 hours.

310 Mathematical Physics
Complex numbers, determinants, matrices, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, vector calculus, Lagrange multipliers, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and probability. Prerequisites: PHYS212 General Physics 2, MATH224 Calculus 3, MATH321 Ordinary Differential Equations. Textbook: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Boas. Offered every fall semester. Instructor: Bob Gallup. Credit 3 hours.

320 Modern Physics
Foundations of modern physics including the special theory of relativity, quantum physics, wave mechanics, and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: PHYS212 General Physics 2, MATH224 Calculus 3, MATH321 Ordinary Differential Equations. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: Concepts of Modern Physics by Beiser. Offered every fall semester. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 5 hours.

380 Optics
Geometric and physical optics - lenses, mirrors, lens aberrations, optical instruments, interference, and diffraction. Prerequisites: PHYS310 Mathematical Physics, PHYS320 Modern Physics. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: Fundamentals of Optics by Jenkins & White. Offered in the spring semester on even years. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 4 hours.

410 Thermal and Statistical Physics
Classical thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and classical and quantum statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS310 Mathematical Physics, PHYS320 Modern Physics. Instructor: Bob Gallup. Credit 3 hours.

440 Mechanics
Newton’s Laws, rectilinear motion, oscillations, general motion in three dimensions, noninertial reference systems, central force motion, and the dynamics of a system of particles. Prerequisite: PHYS310 Mathematical Physics (or concurrent enrollment). Lecture and laboratory. Offered in the fall semester on odd years. Instructor: Bob Gallup. Credit 4 hours.

470 Electricity and Magnetism
Electrostatics, electrostatic fields in matter, magnetostatics, magnetostatic fields in matter, and electrodynamics. Prerequisite: PHYS310 Mathematical Physics, PHYS320 Modern Physics. Lecture and laboratory. Textbook: Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths. Offered in the spring semester on odd years. Instructor: George Gangwere. Credit 4 hours.

480 Quantum Mechanics
The Schrödinger equation, wave packet motion, operator methods, bracket notation, the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, and spin. Prerequisites: PHYS310 Mathematical Physics, PHYS320 Modern Physics. Offered in the spring semester on even years. Instructor: Bob Gallup. Credit 3 hours.

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