SUNY Oneonta


Physics & Astronomy Department
Dr. Michael Faux, Chair

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Physics Courses

 
 

PHYS 100 Introductory Physics (LA, NL, TQ) 3 s.h.
The fundamental concepts of physics at an introductory, conceptual level without the rigor of mathematics. Topics selected from: motion, force, mechanical work, energy, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics, atomic and quantum physics, nuclear energy, and relativity. Emphasizes verbal reasoning and understanding through text and laboratory work.

PHYS 101 Modern Physical Science (LA, N, TQ) 3 s.h.
Emphasizes the scientific method as illustrated by a handful of break-throughs achieved throughout the history of physics. These ideas will be supplemented with a study of some everyday topics and their scientific, sociological, and/or political implications. The student will become conversant in a broad range of scientific issues. Although analytical concepts will come up often, advanced math will not be the focus. Not open to students who have had PHYS 103 or 203.

PHYS 103 General Physics I (Non-Calculus) (LA, NL, TQ) 3 s.h.
A study of motion, force, work, and mechanical energy; fluids; heat. Includes laboratory. Competence in high school algebra, plane geometry, and plane trigonometry is assumed.

PHYS 104 General Physics II (Non-Calculus) (LA, NL, TQ) 3 s.h.
Continuation of PHYS 103, covering electrostatics, circuit elements, and their behavior; simple DC circuits; magnetism; wave motion; geometric and physical optics. Includes laboratory.

PHYS 105 Environment, Physics, and Health (LA, IE, TQ) 3 s.h.
This course is designed to examine the physical concepts of our environment and how they relate to one's health. Topics will include energy relative to the quality of life, air and water pollution, global warming, food supply, radiation, alternative energies, instrumentation and communication with the body.

PHYS 107 Laser: The Fantastic Light (LA, N, T) 3 s.h.
A study of the extraordinary behavior of the light from a man-made source called the Laser. The physical principles that made the laser possible in its various forms are studied and its numerous and fantastic applications and possibilities are examined. There will be demonstrations but no laboratory work will be included. Not available to students who have taken PHYS 340.

PHYS 109 Lasers, Rockets and Space Ships (LA, N, T) 3 s.h.
Introduction of some physics principles through the realms of fascinating topics such as Laser: a special kind of light with extraordinary characteristics, the flight process of usual and unusual aircrafts, rockets and satellites, spaceships for space travel, the space station. The principles studied would involve characteristics of ordinary and special light, the earth's atmosphere and motion through air, motion in the vacuum of space and the effect of radiation and micro-particles in space, Newton's and Kepler's laws of motion, gravity and micro-gravity, principles of space travel, solar and nuclear energy concepts. There will be hands-on and video demonstrations and computer
simulations, but no laboratory work will be included.

PHYS 194 Selected Topics in Physics (LA) 1 - 3 s.h.
Selected topics of current interest in the field of physics.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department.

PHYS 203 General Physics I (LA, NL, TQ) 4 s.h.
A study of mechanics, fluids, and heat, using vector algebra and calculus. Includes laboratory. Intended primarily for physics, chemistry, meteorology, math, and engineering majors.
Prerequisite: MATH 173 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 204 General Physics II (LA, NL, TQ) 4 s.h.
Continuation of PHYS 203, covering electricity and magnetism, DC and AC circuits, wave motion, and geometrical and physical optics. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: PHYS 203; MATH 174 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 205 General Physics III (LA, N, TQ)
3 s.h.
Continuation of PHYS 204, introducing atomic and nuclear physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204; MATH 276 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 206 Physics Classroom/Laboratory Assistant Training
1 - 3 s.h.
Orientation and practical experience in assisting in undergraduate physics laboratories. Works closely with professor in charge on a weekly basis to gain experience in instructional and content aspects of physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204 completed or concurrent, recommendation of
instructors in PHYS 203 and 204, and permission of instructor.

PHYS 214 Vibrations and Waves (LA) 3 s.h.
This course offers a coherent and detailed description of the physics of vibrations and waves. Particular emphasis is on the applications to other branches of science and engineering. Topics include damped and forced oscillations, transverse and longitudinal wave motion, electromagnetic waves and Fourier methods.
Prerequisite: PHYS 204.
Co-requisite: MATH 276.

PHYS 240 Environmental Physics (LA, IE, TQ) 3 s.h.
Study of key physics principles as related to environmental issues of our Earth. Physical consideration of traditional and alternative energy sources and their environmental consequences. Role and methods of physics in fostering rational
evaluations of environmental problems and in searching for their potential solutions.
Prerequisites: PHYS 103 or 203 completed.

PHYS 275 Introductory Biophysics (LA, II, TQ) 3 s.h.
Covers inter- and intramolecular forces, energetic and statistical relationships in living cells, measurement and instrumentation including spectroscopy, physical aspects of muscles and nerves, radiobiology and imaging systems, and information theory.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204 and permission of instructor.

PHYS 287 Intermediate Physics Laboratory (LA, CW) 1 s.h.
Laboratory investigations selected from Mechanics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, and Electricity and Magnetism. Emphasis on experimental techniques and design, error analysis, and mathematical modeling of data.
Prerequisite: PHYS 205.

PHYS 294 Selected Topics 1 - 3 s.h.
Selected topics of current interest in the field of physics.
Prerequisites: SoS, 6 s.h. in PHYS, and permission of department and instructor.

PHYS 299 Independent Study 1 - 3 s.h.
Independent studies under faculty supervision.
Prerequisites: SoS, 3 s.h. PHYS, and permission of department and instructor.

PHYS 301 Computational Physics (LA) 3 s.h.
This course is designed to show how computers can be used to solve problems in physics. Basic methods of problem solving and data analysis will be introduced. Students will practice these skills in the context of classical and modern problems in a selection of the following areas of physics: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, harmonic motion, chaos, waves, random systems, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. In addition to writing their own computer programs in Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, or C, students will become familiar with one or more popular commercial software packages such as Matlab, Maple, or Mathematica.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204; MATH 174.

PHYS 305 Laboratory and Demonstration Apparatus (LA) 2 s.h.
The selection, preparation, maintenance, and proper use of laboratory equipment
and supplies in physics; practice in developing demonstrations and presentations of topics; and planning of lab excercises. Field trips may be required in which students share costs.
Prerequisites: JrS, 6 s.h. PHYS or permission of department.

PHYS 310 Analytical Mechanics/Dynamics 4 s.h.
Vector operations; kinematics and dynamics of a particle; the harmonic oscillator;
conservative force fields; systems of particles; energy and momentum methods;
non-inertial reference systems; introduction to dynamics of rigid bodies; motion analysis using software.
Cross-listed with ENGR 310
Prerequisites: PHYS 203; MATH 277 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 313 Quantum Physics (LA) 3 s.h.
Introduction to the basic theory of quantum physics; including the Schrodinger equation and its solution for various forms of the potential function. Application of Schrodinger theory to atoms.
Prerequisites: PHYS 205; MATH 277 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (LA) 3 s.h.
Examines thermodynamic systems and processes; equations of state for ideal and real gases and magnetic systems; First and Second laws of thermodynamics; enthalpy and entropy; applications; kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204; MATH 276 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 333 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I (LA) 3 s.h.
Fundamentals of static electric and magnetic fields employing elementary vector calculus; DC and AC circuits; derivation of Maxwell's equations and study of the nature of electromagnetic waves.
Prerequisites: PHYS 204; MATH 276.

PHYS 335 Electronics/Circuits I 4 s.h.
Analysis of linear, lumped parameter electrical systems, including study of DC circuits and problems involving transients. Operational amplifiers. Introduction to semiconductors, diodes, transistors, and digital gates. Laboratory experience.
Cross-listed with ENGR 335
Prerequisites: PHYS 204; MATH 276 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 340 Optics and Lasers (LA) 4 s.h.
Mirrors, thin and thick lenses, lens aberrations; interference and diffraction, and polarization. Electromagnetic theory, optical and electronic properties of materials.
Exposition modes and applications of lasers. Holography.
Prerequisite: PHYS 205; MATH 276 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 356 Introduction to Relativity 3 s.h.
Galilean transformation; the postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity; Space-Time, Space-Time diagrams; Simultaneity; Lorentz transformation; Four-Vectors and and introduction to tensors; Special Theory of Relativity as applied to mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Introduction to the General Theory of Relativity and Cosmology including "Balck Holes".
Prerequisite: PHYS 205; MATH 277 completed or concurrent.

PHYS 382 Advanced Physics Laboratory (LA, CW) 1 s.h.
Laboratory investigations selected from Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, Heat,
Thermodynamics, and other areas
Prerequisite: PHYS 205.

PHYS 394 Selected Topics 1 - 3 s.h.
Selected topics of current interest in the field of physics.
Prerequisites: JrS, 8 s.h. 200-level Physics, and permission of department and
instructor.

PHYS 397 Internship in Physics 1 - 15 s.h.
This course is designed so that students may obtain credit for work in a practical field in which physics is used, such as engineering or applied physics. Students must meet with the faculty sponsor and internship coordinator before the internship to determine the requirements of each individual program. Students will receive credit at a rate of one s.h. per 40 hours of participation.
Prerequisites: JrS; permission of instructor, and passed the College Writing Exam.

PHYS 399 Independent Study in Physics 1 - 3 s.h.
Independent studies under faculty supervision.
Prerequisites: JrS, 8 s.h. 200-level Physics, and permission of department and instructor.

Note: The following courses may be offered irregularly on an individual
enrollment basis.

PHYS 311 Intermediate Mechanics II
PHYS 334 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 336 Pulse and Digital Electronics