Courses in Physics

Astronomy

AST-A100 The Solar System (3 cr)

Celestial sphere and constellations, measurement of time, astronomical instruments, earth as a planet, moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, theories of origin of solar system.

Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: None

AST-A105 Stars and Galaxies (3 cr)

The sun as a star, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions, and distribution. Milky Way system, external galaxies, expanding universe, cosmic time scale.

Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: None

AST-A150 Introductory Astronomy Lab (2 cr)

Computer simulations, workbook and planetarium exercises, telescopic observation. Backyard astronomy techniques with visual and small-telescope observations. Topics include celestial navigation, time keeping and celestial calendars, light pollution, observing planets, binary stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Lab fee required.

Offered fall semester, typically 8 week course option.

  • Prerequisite: None

Physics

PHYS-P104 Conceptual Physical Science (3 cr)

Introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of physical science (physics and chemistry), with limited use of algebra. Topics include motion, light, electricity, magnetism, states of matter, energy and chemical reactions. Intended for non-science majors and elementary education majors. Lab fee required. (Cross-lists with PHYS-Q202.) Offered fall and spring semesters. This course is equivalent to PHYS-Q202 but open to all non-science majors, as well as elementary education majors.

Offered spring semesters, online.

PHYS-P110 Energy (2 cr)

Basic concepts and issues related to energy production and consumption in everyday life. Credit not given for those with credit for PHYS-P120.

Offered fall semester.

  • Prerequisite: none

PHYS-P120 Energy and Technology (3 cr)

Basic concepts and issues related to energy production, consumption and conservation both as individuals and as society as a whole. Credit not given concurrently for PHYS-P110 and PHYS-P120.

Offered periodically in summer sessions.

  • Prerequisite: none

PHYS-P201 General Physics I (5 cr)

Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences. Lab fee required.

Offered fall and spring semesters. (Honors option available)

PHYS-P202 General Physics II (5 cr)

Electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences. Lab fee required.

Offered fall and spring semesters. (Honors option available)

PHYS-Q202 Physical Science: Elem. Teachers (3 cr)

Part of an integrated sequence of science courses for elementary education majors. Introduction to physical science including such topics as motion, light, electricity, magnetism, states of matter, energy, and chemical reactions. Lab fee required. Not distribution satisfying. (Cross-lists with PHYS-P104.) This course is equivalent to PHYS-P104 which is open to all non-science majors, as well as elementary education majors.

Offered summer semesters, periodically

  • Prerequisite: none

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