Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHYS 109-01 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Historical development of astronomical ideas and origin and evolution of the solar system. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:W   TOME 105
0930:MWF   TOME 115
PHYS 109-02 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Lars English, PHYS STAFF
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Historical development of astronomical ideas and origin and evolution of the solar system. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   TOME 105
1330:M   TOME 105
PHYS 131-01 Introductory Physics
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description:
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Kinematics, Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, and oscillations are studied during the first semester. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 151 or 170. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0930:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 131-02 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Kinematics, Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, and oscillations are studied during the first semester. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 151 or 170. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 141-01 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three two-hour workshop sessions a week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1030:F   TOME 103
1030:MW   TOME 115
PHYS 141-02 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three two-hour workshop sessions a week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:F   TOME 103
1030:MW   TOME 115
PHYS 208-01 Introductory Astrophysics
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
An introduction to the physical basis of astronomy, including discussion of the creation and evolution of the solar system, the stars, and galaxies. Astronomical measurement and units, and dynamical systems, such as binary star systems and star clusters, will be discussed. Similar to Physics 108 or Physics 110, but with additional emphasis on mathematical analysis of astrophysical phenomena. Prerequisite: 131 or 141 or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1030:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 211-01 Vibrations, Waves & Optics
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
Completion of both PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 fulfills the WR Requirement.
1330:MR   TOME 103
PHYS 213-01 Analog & Digital Electronics
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description:
Circuit design and the analysis of electronic devises. Modern digital and analog circuit elements, including diodes, transistors, op amps, and various integrated circuits, are used in amplifiers, power supplies, and logic circuits. Class and laboratory work are integrated during class time totaling up to seven hours per week. Students design and build projects at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: 132 or 142 or permission of instructor. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:TF   TOME 217
PHYS 311-01 Dynamics & Chaos
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
A project-oriented study of advanced classical mechanics using vector calculus and including an introduction to the analysis of chaotic systems. Topics might include particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions; harmonic oscillators and chaos theory; central force motion; collisions and conservation laws; rigid body motion; and rotating coordinate systems. Possible examples of projects include projectile motion with air resistance; motion of a chaotic pendulum; and motion in a non-inertial reference frame. Prerequisite: 211 and 282 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Normally offered every other year.
0900:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 312-01 Electrodynamics
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
This course will investigate electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electrodynamics in vacuum and in matter. Maxwell's equations of electrodynamics are developed and explored in depth. Vector calculus is used throughout this course. Possible projects include the experimental study of capacitors, the force and torque on a magnetic dipole, and an exploration of Farady-induced electric fields. Prerequisite: 211, 212 and 282, or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Normally offered every other year.
0930:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 361-01 Light and Matter
Instructor: Brett Pearson
Course Description:
Topics to be selected from areas such as atomic, nuclear, plasma, or solid state physics, or modern optics and acoustics, or advanced electronics. Prerequisite: 211 and 212. One-half or one course credit.
1030:TR   TOME 227
PHYS 491-01 Senior Research Seminar
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:
Integration of theory and experiment in the conduct of research in contemporary physics or astrophysics, normally conducted in groups. The course emphasizes collaborative research, investigative techniques, and oral and written communication, and culminates in a colloquium presentation and a paper. Prerequisite: Physics major senior status. The two semester sequence (491 & 492 or 491 + Independent Research for candidates for honors in the major) are required for the major. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   TOME 213