Physics for Non-Science Majors
A philosophic and conceptual examination of selected fundamental principles of physics. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed. Some historical and biographical material is included.
Apparent motion of the Sun, Moon and planets; the birth of modern astronomy; properties of light and its detection; the Sun and the Solar System; the structure, properties and evolution of stars; galaxies and cosmology. PHY-105 may not be enrolled after successful completion of either PHY-106 or 107.
The Solar System
The Celestial Sphere; apparent motion of the Sun, Moon, and planets; the birth of modern astronomy; properties of light and its detection, the Sun, Solar System, and its exploration; formation of the Solar System and the discovery of exoplanets. PHY-106 may not be enrolled after successful completion of either PHY-105.
Stars & Galaxies
Star Formation and the properties of stars; the evolution of low and high mass stars; the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way galaxy; normal and active galaxies; dark matter; the Big Bang, cosmology and dark energy. PHY-107 may not be enrolled after successful completion of either PHY-105.
General Physics I
The basic concepts and laws of classical mechanics. Measurement and units, vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, collisions, rotational kinematics, torque and angular momentum, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, and mechanics of solids and fluids.
General Physics II
The basic concepts and laws of classical electricity and magnetism. Electrostatic and magnetostatic forces and fields. Gauss' law, electric circuits, Amperee's law, Faraday's law, electric and magnetic properties of matter, time-varying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, and geometrical optics.
Classical Mechanics I
Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles, oscillations, introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion, motion in non-inertial reference frames, and dynamics of rigid bodies.
Classical Mechanics II
An advanced treatment of topics studied in PHY-311, plus gravitation, coupled oscillations, mechanics of continuous media, the one-dimensional wave equation, and relativistic kinematics and dynamics.
Electromagnetic Theory II
A continuation of the first course on electromagnetic theory. Application of Maxwell?s equations to radiating systems, systems and properties of electromagnetic waves in vacuum and matter. Radiation theory and relativistic electrodynamics.
Laws of heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, introduction to statistical mechanics.
Teaching Methods & Materials