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PHYS 1401

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion, and apply those laws to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical conservation laws, and apply those laws to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wave motion and oscillations and apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of thermal physics and apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate common language descriptions into multiple physical representations (e. g. diagrams, mathematical equations, physical models) and vice versa.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.



PHYS 1402

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrostatics (e.g., electric charges, forces, fields, and energy) and 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 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 apply that knowledge to optical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of modern physics, such as relativity, quantum mechanics, and basic atomic and nuclear structure.
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate common language descriptions into multiple physical representations (e. g. diagrams, mathematical equations, physical models) and vice versa.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.


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

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

  • Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
  • Solve problems involving forces and work using Newton's Laws and energy concepts, including conservation of energy.
  • Define and use in the solution of problems the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
  • Determine the location of the center of mass.
  • Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
  • Solve problems involving rotational motion.
  • Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.
  • Articulate the fundamental concepts of and solve problems involving wave motion.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Theory to solve gas problems.
  • Solve problems involving the concepts of heat, heat transfer, and the first and second Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Conduct basic laboratory experiments and prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.


PHYS 2426

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of electricity and electromagnetism, including electrostatic potential energy, electrostatic potential, potential difference, magnetic field, induction, and Maxwell's Laws.
  • Apply circuit theory, including Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's Laws to analysis of circuits with potential sources, capacitance, and resistance, including parallel and series capacitance and resistance.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Last updated June 24, 2014