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PHYS 1401 (New for Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
  • Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  • Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
  • Apply Newton’s laws to physical problems including gravity.
  • Solve problems using principles of energy.
  • Use principles of impulse and linear momentum to solve problems.
  • Solve problems in rotational kinematics and dynamics, including the determination of the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
  • Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
  • Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to quantitative problems or qualitative questions.
  • Describe the components of a wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel level.
  • Solve problems using the principles of heat and thermodynamics.
  • Solve basic fluid mechanics problems.


PHYS 1402 (New for Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
  • Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.
  • Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  • Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles, and electrical forces, fields, and currents.
  • Apply Kirchhoffs Rules to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, inductance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
  • Solve problems in the electrostatic interaction of point charges through the application of Coulombs Law.
  • Solve problems involving the effects of magnetic fields on moving charges or currents, and the relationship of magnetic fields to the currents which produce them.
  • Use Faradays and Lenz’s laws to determine electromotive forces and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction.
  • Articulate and Solve problems applying the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and superposition of waves.
  • Solve practical problems involving optics, lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments.
  • Describe the characteristics of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.


PHYS 1405

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion, and conceptually apply those laws to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical conservation laws, and conceptually apply those laws to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wave motion, oscillations, and sound and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of thermal physics and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of matter, e.g., atomic structure, elasticity, and fluids.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.



PHYS 1407

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrostatics (e.g., electric charges, forces, fields, and energy) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrical circuits and apply that knowledge to simple electrical circuits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electromagnetism (e.g., electric currents, magnetic fields, and magnetic forces) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of optics (geometric and physical) and conceptually apply that knowledge to optical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of modern physics, such as relativity, quantum mechanics, basic atomic and nuclear structure, and cosmology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.


PHYS 2425 (New for Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
  • Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
  • Relate physical observations and measurements involving classical mechanics to theoretical principles.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
  • Design fundamental experiments involving principles of classical mechanics.
  • Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
  • Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
  • Solve problems involving forces and work.
  • Apply Newton's laws to physical problems.
  • Identify the different types of energy.
  • Solve problems using principles of conservation of energy.
  • Define the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
  • Use principles of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
  • Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
  • Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
  • Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
  • Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
  • Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.

PHYS 2426 (New for Fall 2014)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
  • Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism.
  • Relate physical observations and measurements involving electricity and magnetism to theoretical principles.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
  • Design fundamental experiments involving principles of electricity and magnetism.
  • Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving electricity and magnetism.  (Agreed this means identify valid sources for accepted values)
  • Articulate the fundamental concepts of electricity and electromagnetism, including electrostatic potential energy, electrostatic potential, potential difference, magnetic field, induction, and Maxwell's Laws.
  • State the general nature of electrical forces and electrical charges, and their relationship to electrical current.
  • Solve problems involving the inter-relationship of electrical charges, electrical forces, and electrical fields.
  • Apply Kirchhoff's Laws to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
  • Calculate the force on a charged particle between the plates of a parallel-plate capacitor.
  • Apply Ohm’s law to the solution of problems.
  • Describe the effects of static charge on nearby materials in terms of Coulomb's Law.
  • Use Faraday's and Lenz's laws to find the electromotive forces.
  • Describe the components of a wave and relate those components to mechanical vibrations, sound, and decibel level.
  • Articulate the principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference and superposition of waves.
  • Solve real-world problems involving optics, lenses, and mirrors.

Last updated August 11, 2014