Department of Physics
Department Chair: Brian Tonks
Department Secretary: Annette Hunter (208) 496-1913
Department Faculty: Rodney BainRichard HattStephen McNeilEllis MillerRyan NielsonDavid OliphantBrian PyperBrian TonksStephen TurcotteJack Weyland

 
INTRODUCTION
"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is so comprehensible." (Albert Einstein)

Physics is devoted to the study of matter and energy on a range of scales extending from the size of the atom to the size of the entire Universe. Advances in our understanding of matter and its interactions have led to great scientific and technological progress. This progress will continue in the future as physicists refine their tools and techniques of inquiry.

A background in Physics opens up a wide variety of career opportunities. Solid state physicists are involved in the semiconductor industry and the development of a wide range of materials such as superconductors, ceramics, and conducting polymers. Nuclear physicists are in high demand in nuclear medicine, now used extensively for diagnosis and treatment. A background in optics can be applied in fiber optic communication and the design of optical instruments for astronomy and the aerospace industry. In addition, physics is applied in a variety of scientific and engineering fields including astronomy, biology, geology, and acoustics.

Physicists have the scientific and technological versatility that allows them to work in a wide range of levels and disciplines. In recent years, physicists have been utilized in areas outside of science and engineering. A physics background can lead to a successful career in business and economics, patent law, and medicine.

A background in physics embodies a diverse set of skills, including critical thinking, scientific problem solving, experimental design and data analysis, computer skills, communication skills, (including critical reading, writing, speaking, and working cooperatively with others), the ability to synthesize information, and the ability and confidence to learn new knowledge. This combination of skills allows physicists to work in the wide array of careers listed above.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics at BYU-Idaho offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Students take a range of introductory and advanced classes in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics. In addition, the laboratory courses give students valuable skills and knowledge in experimental physics and extensive experience in modeling and simulations.

After completing their B.S. in physics from BYU-Idaho, students will have a wide range of opportunities. These include the following:

  • Graduate school: students can continue their studies in physics or a number of other disciplines
  • Professional school: students can go on to medical school, dental school, or business school
  • Industry: physicists are hired by numerous companies and government labs throughout the country

    The Bachelor of Science in Physics Education at BYU-Idaho prepares students to teach physics in high school. Each Physics Education major must complete the Secondary Education Core and carefully select an approved education minor. Please discuss your choice of an Education minor with your advisor.
     
  • GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
    To fill General Education Physical Science requirements, students may take Fundamentals of Physics (Ph 101), Physical Science (PhS 100), Physical Science for Teachers (PhS 110), Descriptive Astronomy (Ph 127), or Descriptive Acoustics of Music and Speech (Ph 117). These courses include lab sessions each week. These courses require minimal preparation in mathematics. Students may enroll in GS.PS 130 Archeoastronomy for elective credit. This course does not qualify for general education credit. CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THE CORRECT COURSE.
     
    TECHNICAL/INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE MAJORS
    These majors take Introductory Applied Physics (Ph 105 and 106) and their associated labs. These courses require extensive use of Algebra and Trigonometry. CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THE CORRECT COURSE.
     
    LIFE SCIENCE/PRE-MEDICINE, ARCHITECTURE MAJORS
    These majors take a two-semester General Physics course (Ph 115, 116) which includes a lab component. CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THE CORRECT COURSE.


     
    PHYSICS/CHEMISTRY/ENGINEERING/MATHEMATICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJORS
    These majors take one to four calculus-based Principles of Physics courses (Ph 121, 123, 220, 309), and two one-semester labs (Ph 150 & Ph 250). CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THE CORRECT COURSE.
     
    Program Description


     
    B.S.  in Physics (770)   
    This major prepares students for continued studies in graduate school, medical school, law school, business school, and professions in technical journalism, technical writing or public relations and industry. A student's choice of minor or clusters determines the specialty area the student is focusing in. Discuss this choice with your advisor.
     
    Minor or 2 Clusters Required

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements

    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 316, 316C  

    II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 112  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       PH 314  

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       PH 121, 150  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
       MATH 215, 316
       PH 123, 220, 250, 309, 332, 333, 336, 372, 373, 398R, 405, 433, 473, 488


  •  
    B.S.  in Physics Education (870)   
    This degree provides the background necessary to receive a Physics Major certification in Secondary Education. Upon completion of State Certification, you will be able to teach physics to high school students. In the description of courses below, "emphasis courses" refer to classes you will take from the education department.

    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
     
    Minor Required

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements

    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 316, 316C  

    II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 110, 110H  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       CS 100  

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       PH 314  

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       PH 121, 150  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ED 270  

    Major Requirements
    The Physics Education Major exceeds the 30-hour limit placed on education majors. However, the CS 100 requirement for Basic Skills makes it possible to stay within the overall credit limits.

       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
       MATH 111, 112, 113
       PH 123, 127, 127L, 220, 250, 309, 311, 336, 403, 411

    AND
    Education Core

       Take these Courses
       ED 200, 492
       SECED 280, 410

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ED 285
       SECED 252
       SPED 322



  • Minor in  Physics (104)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
    PH 311, 314

           AND
              Take either Option A or Option B:
              
              OPTION A:
              (If Math 112 is already taken, you may choose either option)
              Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
              MATH 215
              PH 121, 123, 150, 220, 250, 309

                     OR
                        OPTION B:
                        (If Math 110 is taken as GE, without taking Math 112, you must select this option)
                        Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
                        MATH 111
                        PH 115, 116, 117, 117L, 127, 127L


    Minor in  Physics Education (178)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
    The Physics Education Minor exceeds the 20-hour limit placed on education minors. However, Ph 314 gives General Education credit.
    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
    PH 311, 314

    AND
    (If Math 112 is chosen as GE Math Requirement, choose Math 113)
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    MATH 113, 119

    AND

    Take either Option A or Option B:

    OPTION A:
    (If Math 113 is taken, you may choose either option)
    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
    PH 121, 123, 150, 220, 250, 309

           OR
              OPTION B:
              (If you take Math 119 you must select this option)
              Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
              PH 115, 116, 411

           AND
              (From the courses below, choose either Ph 117 & 117L OR Ph 127 & 127L)
              Take 2 Courses   Minimum Grade: C
              PH 117, 117L, 127, 127L



    Minor in  Physical Science Education (182)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
    The Physical Science Education Minor exceeds the 20-hour limit placed on education minors. However, Chem 105, Chem 106, Ph 105, and Ph 106, all give General Education credit for Physical Science.

    Take this Course   Minimum Grade: C
    PH 311

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    CHEM 105, 105H

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    CHEM 106, 106H

    AND

    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    CHEM 150, 220, 351

           AND
              Take either Option A or B:
              
              OPTION A:
              Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
              PH 105, 105L, 106, 106L

                     OR
                        OPTION B:
                        Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
                        PH 115, 116
     
    Course Descriptions

    GS.PS 130 Archaeoastronomy (3:3:0)
    A study of the ancient cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe and American and how they use the sun, moon, planets, stars and constellations in the construction of their buildings, calenders, agricultural patterns and religion.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    PH 101 Fundamentals of Physics (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Principles of classical and modern physics as they relate to current concepts of the physical environment.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 101L Fundamentals of Physics Lab (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Fee:  $5.00
    Prerequisite: Concurrent Registration: PH 101, Competency with High School Algebra is assumed
    This laboratory is designed to provide students with experience in making and analyzing measurements of the physical environment at a fundamental-level.
    Must be taken concurrently with Fundamentals of Physics PH 101.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 102 Introduction to Physics (1:1:1)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    This class is designed for students majoring in physics. The class will give an overview of the subject matter of both classical and modern physics. It will introduce students to the scientific method. It will also describe the physics major options available at this and other institutions. In the class, students will learn about some of the frontiers of contemporary physics. This will make it possible for students to better choose their curriculum at BYU-Idaho and help to make future career decisions.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 105 Introductory Applied Physics I (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Math 108 or Math 110 and Math 111 or strong trigonometry skills.
    This course is the first semester of the algebra and trigonometry-based Applied Physics sequence.
    While this course satifies the physics requirement for most medical schools it does not specifically address preparation for the MCAT exams.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 105L Applied Physics Lab I (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    A three-hour per week physics lab course.
    Must be taken concurrently with PH 105.
    GE course introduces students to the basic principles and laws that govern motion and waves. It is designed to help students learn to think analytically in terms of these laws and principles. Teaches good problem solving skills and prepares for other courses in a
    pre-professional discipline.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 106 Introductory Applied Physics II (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Physics 105
    This course is the second sequence of algebra and trigonometry based Applied Physics. Concurrent registration of PH 106L is strongly recommended.
    (Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 106L Applied Physics Lab II (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in PH 106.
    A three-hour per week physics lab course.
    Must be taken concurrently with PH 106.
    ( Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 115 Pre-Medical Professional Physics I (4:3:4)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Math 110 and Math 111 or High School Trig Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry.
    A general course particularly designed for
    pre-medical students, but also appropriate for architecture, biology and GE students. It is designed to address the concepts and topics needed to prepare student for the MCAT and entrance into professional schools. The style of MCAT physics questions is addressed directly.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 116 Pre-Medical Professional Physics II (4:3:4)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: PH 115 or equivalent experience and permission of the instructor.
    Second course in sequence of general physics particularly designed for pre-medical students, but also appropriate for architecture, biology and GE students. It is designed to address the concepts and topics needed to prepare students for the MCAT and entrance into professional schools. The style of MCAT physics questions is addressed directly.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 117 Descriptive Acoustics of Music and Speech (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Introductory acoustics course surveying the physical principles underlying the production and perception of sound, music and speech. Must be taken concurrently with Ph 117L
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    PH 117L Acoustics Lab (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    This lab addresses basic measurements, vibrations, wave properties, perception and measurement, and room properties. Emphasis is placed on the experience, reasoning, and observations that support understanding in the course.
    (Fall, Winter, )
     
    PH 121 Principles of Physics I (3:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Concurrent Registration or completion of Math 112. Math Level: Extensive use of College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Elementary Calculus.
    Classical Mechanics with emphasis on combining intuition and past experience with mathematics to understand the fundamental laws of nature.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 123 Principles of Physics II (3:5:0)
    Prerequisite: PH 121 or ME 204 Concurrent Registration or completion of Math 113 or Math 215
    This course is the second semester of the Principles of Physics sequence. The course is designed for students majoring in physics, engineering, chemistry and mathematics.The course will cover topics in waves, thermodynamics, and optics. These areas of study are important in a wide variety of engineering and scientific disciplines. For example, an understanding of wave properties is essential in various electrical engineering applications such as wireless communication as well as all aspects of acoustics. Thermodynamics has a variety of applications in engine design and heat transfer. Finally, principles of optics are involved in fiber-optic communication, instrument design, scanners, surveillance, etc.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 127 Descriptive Astronomy (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Math level: High School Algebra. Must be taken concurrently with PH 127L
    Astronomy is the study of the heavens and the Earth as a planet. Astronomy introduces students to the wonders of the heavens. Students learn the vocabulary and concepts of modern astronomy, understand its fundamental observations and theories, and appreciate how scientists discover this information. Occasional use is made of the planetarium and observatory.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 127L Astronomy Lab (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Math level: Extensive use of High School Algebra. Must be taken concurrently with PH 127.
    This laboratory is designed to give the student experience in observing and analyzing basic astronomical phenomena.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 150 Beginning Physics Lab (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Physics 121.
    This General Education course introduces students to the basics of experimental physics. It is designed to help students learn to think analytically and to gain experience in doing common experiments in physics. It also teaches students how to analyze data and how to numerically model common physics problems.


    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 220 Principles of Physics III (3:5:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 121 or ME 204 (Dynamics) Concurrent Registration or completion of Math 113 or Math 215. Math Level: Extensive use of College Algebra, Trigonometry, and single and multi-variable Calculus.
    Principles of Electricity and Magnetism with emphasis on combining intuition and past experience with mathematics to understand the laws of electricity and magnetism.
    (Fall, Winter, )
     
    PH 227 Introduction to Astronomy (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 121 Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
    Introduction to modern planetary and stellar astronomy. Frequent use is made of the planetarium and observatory. Intended for Physics and secondary education majors.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 250 Intermediate Physics Laboratory for Physics and Physical Science (1:0:3)
    Prerequisite: Math 112, Physics 150. Concurrent Registration or completion of Physics 220. Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
    Intermediate Physics Laboratory for Physics and Physical Science Teaching Majors. Experimental investigations into electricity and magnetism and optics.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    PH 309 Modern Physics (3:5:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 113 or Math 215 Physics 121, 123 Concurrent Registration:(or completion of) PH 220 Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
    Introductory course dealing with the fundamental topics of modern physics, including special relativity, elementary quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and some particle physics.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 311 Physics By Inquiry I (3:2:3)
    Prerequisite: Junior level standing or permission of the instructor.
    This hands-on course covers selected topics in physics with emphasis on depth-of-understanding and developing skills essential to the scientific process. The skills include observation, interpretation, reasoning, generalizing, predicting, questioning and related communication skills. It provides an experience in education by inquiry, and background for teaching as a process of inquiry.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 314 History/Philosophy of Science (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
    Prerequisite: Completion of Physical Science GE class and its associated lab. Math Level: Some use of high school algebra I
    Discusses the philosophical assumptions of modern science, criteria for theory selection and traces their historical development. Describes the historical development of basic ideas in science.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    PH 332 Classical Mechanics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent registration in Math 316 or 371
    This is a junior level course applying Newton's laws of motion in a wide variety of applications.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 333 Electricity and Magnetism I (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 220, 332 Math 113 or Math 215
    This is a junior level course which covers electromagnetic theory. In addition, properties of light that can be derived from electromagnetic theory are also discussed.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 336 Advanced Physics Lab (2:1:5)
    Prerequisite: Physics 250 Completion of or current enrollment in PH 332
    This course introduces students to the basics of computer interfacing. It is designed to teach students the limitations and advantages of using computers to collect and analyze experimental data. It will also teach the basic electronics and programing needed to interface an experiment to a computer.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 372 Thermal and Statistical Physics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 220 Math 316 or 371
    This is a junior level course covering classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 373 Electricity and Magnetism II (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 333 Math 316 or Math 371
    This is a junior level course which covers the second half of electromagnetic theory.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 398R Physics Internship (2:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Junior Standing and Instructor Permission
    A professional internship providing the student with job experience in a physics-related field.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH 403 Methods of Physics Teaching (2:2:0)
    Prerequisite: PH 309 and PH 314
    Methods and philosophy of teaching physics principles in a high school setting.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 405 Numerical Modeling in Physics (2:1:3)
    Prerequisite: PH 220, PH 309, PH 336
    A lab course that applies numerical modeling and methods to a variety of modern topics in physics.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 411 Physics By Inquiry II (2:1:3)
    Prerequisite: Ph 311
    This hands-on course continues coverage in selected topics in physics with emphasis on depth-of-understanding and developing skills esential to the scientific process. These skills include observation, interpretation, reasoning, generalizing predicting, questioning and related communication skills. It provides an experience in education by inquiry and background for teaching as a process of inquiry. Opportunity may exist to practice appropriate questioning skills.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 433 Quantum Mechanics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 309 Math 316 or 371
    This is a senior level course which covers an introduction to the theory of quantum mechanics.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 473 Atomic and Solid State Physics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Physics 433
    This is a senior level course which covers applications of the theory of quantum mechanics to atomic and solid state physics topics.
    (Winter)
     
    PH 480 Origin of an Inhabited Planet (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: PH 309, PH 332, PH 333, PH 336
    Describes the origin of the universe, the Solar System, and Earth as reconstructed by modern science as a review the physics curriculum.
    (Fall)
     
    PH 488 Senior Thesis I (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Ph 333, 433
    This is a research based capstone course.
    (Winter)
     
    PH.S 100 Physical Science (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Prerequisite: Concurrent registration with PH.S 100L
    This course is designed to be a survey class covering all of physical science. Physical science includes various subjects in the disciplines of physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, and geology. The course is designed for students majoring in non-scientific disciplines as part of their General Education curriculum. The course will give students a background in science that will help them better appreciate and understand the technological advances that are transforming society.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH.S 100L Physical Science Laboratory (1:0:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Fee:  $5.00
    Prerequisite: Concurrent registration with PH.S 100.
    This course consists of a series of twenty-six laboratory assignments. The assignments are drawn from a variety of topics related to physical science. Students will have an opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience applying some of the concepts learned in Ph.S 100. For example, students will make measurements of objects in motion and describe the motion in terms of displacement, velocity, and acceleration. Students will investigate electrical circuits and learn about the terminology used to describe the flow of electricity. In one of the experiments, students will determine the speed of sound and learn about properties of waves including resonance and harmonics. In all of the assignments, students will learn about the process of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Microsoft Excel will be used throughout the course for the purposes of data analysis and presentation. Many of the skills developed in this course will be applicable to a variety of careers unrelated to science.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    PH.S 110 Physical Science for Teachers (4:3:3)
    Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
    Fee:  $10.00
    Prerequisite: Elementary Education Major Math Level: Moderate use of high school algebra
    For Elementary Education Majors Only.
    Includes a three-hour lab per week.This is an introductory course and lab dealing with the basic topics of Physics and Chemistry with applications to elementary education.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)