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CRN: 90003 
Newtonian Physics
Newtonian Physics
This calculusbased course examines motion as it occurs throughout the universe. Topics covered include inertia, force, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, linear momentum, collisions, gravitation, rotational motion, torque, angular momentum, and oscillatory motion. Emphasis is on practical applications in physics, engineering, the life sciences, and everyday life. Laboratory work and lecture demonstrations illustrate basic physical principles. (MATH 0121 or MATH 0122 concurrent or prior; students who have taken high school calculus or other college calculus courses should consult with the instructor prior to registration) 3 hrs. lect/3 hrs. lab.


CRN: 90007 
Newtonian Physics


CRN: 90008 
Newtonian Physics


CRN: 90010 
Newtonian Physics


CRN: 90015 
Newtonian Physics


CRN: 90439 
Electricity & Magnetism
Electricity and Magnetism
The physical principles of electricity and magnetism are developed with calculus and applied to the electrical structure of matter and the electromagnetic nature of light. Practical topics from electricity and magnetism include voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and AC and DC circuits. Laboratory work includes an introduction to electronics and to important instruments such as the oscilloscope. (PHYS 0109, MATH 0122) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab.


CRN: 90440 
Electricity & Magnetism


CRN: 90819 
Electricity & Magnetism


CRN: 91543 
Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics
Thermodynamics, Fluids, Wave Motion, and Optics
This calculusbased lecture and laboratory course covers concepts from classical physics that are not included in PHYS 0109 and PHYS 0110, and that serve as a bridge between those two courses. Topics include thermal properties of matter, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, wave motion, sound, and geometrical and physical optics. This course is strongly recommended for all students otherwise required to take PHYS 0109 and PHYS 0110 as part of a major or a premedical program, and is required for physics majors. (PHYS 0109, MATH 0121, or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab.


CRN: 92222 
Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics


CRN: 92213 
Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics


CRN: 91570 
Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics


CRN: 91571 
Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics


CRN: 91602 
Introduction to the Universe
An Introduction to the Universe
Our universe comprises billions of galaxies in a rapidly expanding fabric. How did it begin? Will it expand forever, or how may it end? How do the stars that compose the galaxies evolve from their births in clouds of gas, through the tranquility of middle age, to their often violent deaths? How can scientists even hope to answer such cosmic questions from our vantage point on a small planet, orbiting a very ordinary star? Are there other planets, orbiting other stars, where intelligent beings may be pondering similar issues? This introductory astronomy course, designed for nonscience majors, will explore these and other questions. Students will also become familiar with the night sky, both as part of our natural environment and as a scientific resource, through independent observations and sessions at the College Observatory. The approach requires no collegelevel mathematics, but students should expect to do quantitative calculations using scientific notation and occasionally to use elementary highschool algebra. 3 hrs. lect./1 hrs.disc.


CRN: 91605 
Introduction to the Universe


CRN: 90058 
Relativity And Quantum Physics
Relativity and Quantum Physics
This course probes a number of areas for which classical physics has provided no adequate explanations. Topics covered include Einstein's special relativity, quantization of atomic energy levels and photons, the atomic models of Rutherford and Bohr, and waveparticle duality. (PHYS 0109; PHYS 0110 concurrent or prior; MATH 0122) 3 hrs. lect.


CRN: 92629 
Intro to Astrophysics
An Introduction to Astrophysics
In this course students will learn the fundamental concepts and techniques used by astronomers to understand the universe and its contents. These include the physics of light (which conveys the properties of astrophysical phenomena) and gravity (the fundamental force that drives orbits) as well as stellar and galactic evolution. Beginning with the Sun, we will use these tools to study the nature of stars, nuclear processes, and stellar evolution, including the deaths of stars and supernova explosions. Continuing with the Milky Way galaxy, we will also study the nature and structure of galaxies including their stellar populations, gas content, and star formation. Finally, we will investigate the largescale environment of galaxies, galaxy mergers and interactions, active galaxies, and their evolution. (PHYS 0111, PHYS 0212 or MATH 0223) 3 hrs. lect.


CRN: 90063 
Intermediate Electromagnetism
Intermediate Electromagnetism
The unified description of electricity and magnetism is one of the greatest triumphs of physics. This course provides a thorough grounding in the nature of electric and magnetic fields and their interaction with matter. Mathematical techniques appropriate to the solution of problems in electromagnetism are also introduced. The primary emphasis is on static fields, with the full timedependent Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves introduced in the final part of the course. (PHYS 0110; PHYS 0201 or by permission; PHYS 0212) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.


CRN: 90076 
Experimental Physics
Experimental Techniques in Physics
This course will cover the design and execution of experiments, and the analysis and presentation of data, at an advanced level. Laboratory experiments will be chosen to illustrate the use of electronic, mechanical, and optical instruments to investigate fundamental physical phenomena, such as the properties of atoms and nuclei and the nature of radiation. Skills in computerbased data analysis and presentation will be developed and emphasized. This course satisfies the College writing requirement. (PHYS 0111 concurrent or prior; PHYS 0201 and PHYS 0202 and PHYS 0212; MATH 0200 recommended) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab/1 hr disc. (Approval required)


CRN: 90518 
Experimental Physics


CRN: 90077 
Experimental Physics


CRN: 91006 
Experimental Physics


CRN: 92896 
General Relativity
General Relativity
Among the forces of nature, gravity is both the most familiar and the least wellunderstood. A hundred years after it was formulated by Einstein, General Relativity remains our best fundamental theory of gravity. In this course we will see how gravity emerges from the geometry of curved spacetime and how this picture leads to phenomena such as black holes, gravitational waves, and the expansion of the universe. (MATH 0200, PHYS 0201, and PHYS 0212) 3 hrs. lect.


CRN: 90551 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90683 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90090 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90091 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90684 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90092 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 90973 
Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)


CRN: 91014 
Senior Project
Senior Project
Independent research project incorporating both written and oral presentations.


CRN: 90552 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90095 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90096 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90097 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90685 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90099 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)


CRN: 90974 
Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)
