ACADEMICS

  • Physics Courses

    PY 101 Introduction to Astronomy
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    The tools of the astronomer. The nature of stars, their location and cosmology. Planets and the solar system.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PY 105 Concepts in Physics I
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course)
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer code 3 or above

    Concepts and physical principles of motion, force, mechanical work, energy, and momentum. Torque and angular
    momentum. Fluids, heat, and thermodynamics. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.
    Offered every year. 3 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 105, PY 221, and PY 241.

    PY 106 Concepts in Physics II
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer code 3 or above

    Electrostatics, including electric forces and electric potential. Simple circuits, electrical power, and generators.
    Magnetic fields and forces, light, and relativity.
    Offered every year. 3 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 106, PY 222, and PY 242.

    PY 112 Physics in Art
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course); Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer code 3 or above

    Concepts in optics and modern physics applied to the analysis of paintings, conservation of art objects and detection
    of forgeries. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PY 114 Physics of Waves
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes; Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer code 3 or above

    Wave phenomena, including water waves, sound, acoustics, musical instruments, optics and quantum mechanics.
    Analysis of propagation, power, scattering and interference.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PY 193 Special Topics in Physics for First-Year Students

    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PY 221 General Physics I
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course); Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: MA 110 or MA 190 (preferred)

    Physics with algebra and trigonometry, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillators, waves and heat. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.
    Offered every year. 4 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 105, PY 221, and PY 241.

    PY 222 General Physics II
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course)
    Prerequisite: PY 221

    Physics with algebra and trigonometry including electric and magnetic fields, resistance, capacitance, inductance, reflection, refraction, interference, relativity and quantum physics.
    Three hours lecture and two hours lab.
    Offered every year. 4 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 106, PY 222, and PY 242.

    PY 240 Optics
    Prerequisite: One semester of college-level physics and MA 190, or consent of the instructor.
    Image formation with mirrors and lenses. Interference, diffraction, dispersion, and polarization. Lasers. Microscopes
    and spectrometers. Cameras and image processing.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PY 241 Physics I (Mechanics)
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course); Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: One semester of calculus (may be taken concurrently).

    Physics with calculus, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillators, waves, and heat.
    Three hours lecture and two hours lab.
    Offered every year. 4 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 105, PY 221, and PY 241.

    PY 242 Physics II (Electricity, Magnetism and Optics)
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course)
    Prerequisite: One semester of calculus, PY 241.

    Physics with calculus including electric and magnetic fields, resistance, capacitance, inductance, reflection, refraction,
    interference, relativity and quantum physics. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.
    Offered every year. 4 credits. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of PY 106, PY 222, and PY 242.

    PY 297 Selected Topics in Physics
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Lecture or laboratory course in a selected area in physics. Topic announced in advance.
    1-6 credits.

    PY 310 Modern Physics
    Prerequisite: PY 222 or PY 242, and one semester of calculus.
    Special relativity. The wave nature of matter, introductory quantum mechanics, and atomic physics. Condensed
    matter. Radioactivity. Nuclear and particle physics.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PY/CH 360 Introduction to Materials Science
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, and either PY 221, PY 222 or PY 241, PY 242
    Physical structure of solids. Electrical, magnetic, thermal and optical properties of solids, liquids and soft matter.
    Structure-property relationships in materials.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PY/CH 370 Introduction to Nuclear Science
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, and either PY 221, PY 222 or PY 241, PY 242
    Foundations of nuclear science. Topics include nuclear structure and forces, radioactive decays, nuclear reactions,
    and modern applications.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.

    PY 410 Independent Study In Physics
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Opportunity for advanced students to pursue topics of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation,
    and research.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

    PY/BI 451 Nuclear Instrumentation I
    Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
    The structure, functions, and interactions of particulate and non-particulate radiations with matter, detection,
    calibration, dosage, and statistical methods.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    PY/BI 452 Nuclear Instrumentation II

    Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
    Designed to further the skills of operating, calibrating, and performing routine maintenance on scanners, gamma
    cameras, well counters, and liquid scintillation counters.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.