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Physics

Physics

Course Numbers:

Physics I: PHYS 2400

Physics II: PHYS 2500

Physics I:

This course covers the basic principles of kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, gravitation, oscillatory and wave motion, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Includes laboratory sessions. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy.

Physics II:  

This course covers the basic principles of electrostatics, magnetostatics, DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics, in particular, the special theory of relativity, early quantum theory, semiconductor diodes, and transistors. Includes laboratory sessions. This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. 

Physics

Course Numbers:

Physics I: PHYS 2400

Physics II: PHYS 2500

Physics I & II Textbook Information:

Physics

Course Numbers:

Physics I: PHYS 2400

Physics II: PHYS 2500

Physics I:

  • Use calculus and the basic concepts of mechanics, such as energy, momentum, force, torque, and wave motion to solve simple mechanical problems
  • Use calculus and the basic concepts of fluid mechanics, including pressure, density, and volume flow to solve fluid problems
  • Apply calculus and thermodynamic concepts such as heat, internal energy, temperature, thermal conduction, and entropy to thermodynamic problems, especially to problems involving ideal gases

Physics II:

  • Calculate, using calculus, electric and magnetic fields, forces, and potentials from a given set of charges or currents
  • Use calculus and the basic properties of electromagnetic waves and how they relate to optics to solve related, simple problems
  • Use calculus and the basic ideas of optics, such as index of refraction, polarization, and Snell's law to solve simple optical problems
  • Solve, using calculus, electric circuit problems for both AC and DC circuits containing batteries, inductors, capacitors, and resistors
  • Solve, using calculus, simple problems in special relativity involving energy, momentum, length contraction, time dilation, and velocity composition
  • Apply calculus and elementary ideas from quantum mechanics to simple systems such as the hydrogen atom
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