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PHY105 : Integrated Physical Science

An introduction to the physical sciences through an examination of sustainable energy. The course is primarily for non-science majors and pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. Mathematics requirements will be kept to a minimum. Laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

4

PHY109 : Meteorology

Introduction to atmospheric structure and behavior including cloud structure and precipitation as well as the effects of pressure, density, temperature, and humidity differences on energy transport and atmospheric motions. Climate, weather forecasting, air pollution, and other applications will be covered. No laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

3

PHY115 : Solar System Astronomy

Content covers the earth, moon, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, TNO’s, and the sun. The planetarium is used occasionally. No laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

3

PHY117 : Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Content covers stars, stellar life cycles, pulsars, supernovae, black holes, clusters, galaxies, galactic clusters, quasars, bursters, and the Big Bang theory of cosmology. Occasionally use of the planetarium. No laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

3

PHY211 : College Physics I

First course in an introductory, algebra-based, physics sequence for college students. Topics include mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, sound, and waves. Laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

4

Prerequisites

MAT107 or equivalent background.

PHY212 : College Physics II

Second course in an introductory, algebra- based, physics sequence for college students. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

4

Prerequisites

PHY211.

PHY241 : Engineering Physics

Supplements Physics 211-212. Selected topics in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics with the application of calculus in physics.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211, MAT125.

Corequisites

PHY212 and MAT 225.

PHY260 : Engineering Preceptorship

On-site supervised experience in the engineering sciences, observing and working with practicing engineers in the field. Pass/fail grading.

Credit Hour(s)

1

PHY301 : Electronics

D.C. circuits; A.C. circuits; basic devices; basic instruments. Laboratory.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211, 212 or approval of instructor.

PHY305 : Mathematical Physics

An introduction to mathematical methods used in physics such as matrix algebra, vector calculus, special functions, and function spaces.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY241 and MAT325.

PHY313 : Thermal Physics

Basic principles of thermal and statistical physics; laws of thermodynamics; equilibrium and irreversibility; cyclic processes; ensembles; thermodynamic potentials; canonical distribution; equipartition theorem; Maxwell distribution; phase changes; applications.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211, 212 and 241.

Corequisites

MAT325.

PHY317 : Statics

Application of the conditions of equilibrium to two and three-dimensional systems; trusses, frames and beams; friction; shear and bending moment diagrams; centroids, centers of gravity, area and mass moments of inertia, vectors.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211 and MAT225.

PHY319 : Dynamics

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; work-energy method; impulse and momentum; harmonic motion; two body problem.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY241 or 317.

PHY343 : Relativity and Modern Physics

Special relativity, introduction to general relativity, introduction to quantum physics, hydrogen atom and complex atoms, atomic spectra, topics in nuclear and solid-state physics.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211, 212, and 241.

PHY401 : Advanced Experimental Physics

Selected experiments in mechanics, heat, physical optics, electricity and magnetism, solid state, atomic and nuclear physics, and lasers.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY211 and 212.

PHY405 : Electricity and Magnetism

Theory of the behavior of electric and magnetic fields and their sources including Maxwell’s equations.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

PHY241.

Corequisites

MAT325 and MAT345.

PHY450 : Seminar

May be taken as many as three times. One formal presentation of current interest must be completed. Visiting scientists will constitute a portion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

1

PHY460 : Internship

Students may receive graduation credit for internships with appropriate disciplinary content that meet the faculty-approved criteria for academic internships. Such experiences include a significant reflective component and must be supervised by a full-time member of the Georgetown College faculty.

Credit Hour(s)

1 - 3

Prerequisites

consent of the supervising instructor.