Teaching

GSCI 101 Physics, Chemistry, and the Human Experience

This course is a survey of fundamental scientific ideas and principles, and ideas of chemistry and physics. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the development of these principles and their application in understanding the world around us.

GSCI 121
Physical Nature of Light and Sound
GSCI121 is designed to acquaint the nonscience major with some basic concepts in physics as they apply to the production, propagation, and analysis of light and sound waves. GSCI 121 includes topics on the physical description of both light and sound waves, the two models needed for describing the nature of light, methods of light and sound production, the spectral analysis of sound and light waves, wave propagation in various media, and some particular applications (e.g., musical instruments, room acoustics, optical instruments, color).


GSCI 164 Learning Through Teaching

GSCI164 is a hands-on conversation on how technology, science and engineering come together to describe our world. The course will cover many of the traditional concepts presented in an introductory physics course. the course will treat coordinate systems and their use in describing motion, forces and energy conservation, thermodynamics (temperature, pressure, heat), light (color, ray model, wave model), waves (sound), magnetism, and electricity. The course will indirectly reinforce skills developed in other courses in the cluster including scientific tools (mathematics, graphing, diagramming, experimenting and analyzing data) and using informational resources.


PHY240:
University Physics I

PHYS 240 fulfills the Physics Department's mission by serving as:

1.      one of the starting points for the degree program in physics

2.       a required course for students in certain other degree program

3.       part of a sequence applicable toward GenEd requirements

The topics covered include kinematics, dynamics, energy and momentum conservation, oscillatory motion, and waves.

PHY250: University Physics II
PHYS 250 fulfills the Physics Department's mission by serving as:
1.
     one of the starting points for the degree program in physics.
2.
     a required course for students in certain other degree program.
3.
     part of a sequence applicable toward GenEd requirements

PHY270: Modern Physics I

A course in modern physics, consisting of a discussion of the experimental basis for and fundamental principles of quantum physics, with applications to atomic structure and nuclear physics.

PHY333: Particle Physics
An introduction to current themes and ideas which confront the fundamental nature of matter and interactions. The most widely accepted theory, the Standard Model, will be explored. Possible extension, beyond the Standard Model physics, will be discussed. Basic properties such as charge, mass, and lepton number will be examined within these frameworks. Experiments that illuminate the basic nature of matter and ideas such as symmetry and quantum physics will be reviewed and assessed.


PHY340: Classical Mechanics I
Application of fundamental laws of mechanics to particles and rigid bodies. Topics include statics, dynamics, central forces, oscillatory motion and generalized coordinates.

PHY460: Quantum Mechanics I

Principles and applications of quantum mechanics. Topics include wave packets and the uncertainty principle, the Schroedinger equation, one- dimensional potentials, operators and eigenvectors, three-dimensional motion and angular momentum and the hydrogen atom.

PHY247: Data Acquisition and Analysis Techniques in Physics II

This laboratory completes the introductory physics lab sequence and is designed to supplement the PHYS 240 and PHYS 250 lecture courses. Topics include conception, design and performance of sophisticated experiments in physics, computer simulation of physical processes, analysis of experimental data, including uncertainty estimation, and error propagation.


PHYS140L Revival Project: PHYS140L