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Physics (PHYL and PHYS)


PHYL176-COLLEGE PHYSICS I LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is the laboratory component of PHYS 176. Emphasis is on experimental techniques and development of skills in data analyses and graphical analysis.


Coreq: PHYS176

Prereq: PHYS164 or BGCSE Physics Grade ‘B’

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PHYL276-COLLEGE PHYSICS III LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is the laboratory component of PHYS 276. Emphasis is on experimental techniques and development of skills in data analyses and graphical analyses.

Coreq: PHYS276

Prereq: PHYL176 and MATH170

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PHYL277-COLLEGE PHYSICS IV LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is the laboratory component of PHYS 277. Emphasis is on experimental techniques and development of skills in data analyses. Selected experiments of historical scientific significance are included.

Coreq: PHYS277

Prereq: PHYL270 or PHYL276

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PHYL375-MEDICAL PHYSICS LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is a practical course designed to complement and augment the material covered in the theoretical component of the course. 

Coreq: PHYS375

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYL376-THERMODYNAMICS LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is a practical course designed to compliment and augment the material covered in the theoretical component of the course.

Coreq: PHYS376

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYL377-ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RELATIVITY LABORATORY

1 Credit

This is a practical course designed to complement and augment the material covered in the theoretical component of the course.

Coreq: PHYS377

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PHYS101-PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS I

3 Credits

In this course, students investigate the physics of everyday things. Special focus is given to objects that operate using principles of mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat, thermodynamics and waves. Students will examine objects such as bicycles, sling-shots, and “rake ‘n’ scrape” instruments.

Prereq: First-year standing

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PHYS102-PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS II

3 Credits

In this course, students investigate the physics of everyday things. Special focus is given to devices that operate using principles of electromagnetism, optical and nuclear physics. Students examine the physics of objects such as cellular phones, microwave ovens, compact disc players, solar cells and computers

Prereq: First-year standing

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PHYS164-GENERAL PHYSICS I

4 Credits

This is the first of a two-semester sequence suitable for students majoring in Biology, Education, or Technology and can serve as a science requirement for non-science majors. It is of college level maturity; nevertheless, it does not require a pass in school Physics or its equivalent. Topics covered include: basic concepts, vector qualities, Newton’s Laws of Motion with applications, Momentums, energy hydrostatics, gas laws, and heat.

Prereq: PHYS071 or BGCSE Physics Grade ‘C’ and MATH140 or BGCSE Mathematics Grade ‘C’

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PHYS165-GENERAL PHYSICS II

4 Credits

This is a continuation of PHYS 164 sequence and covers topics in electricity, electromagnetism, geometrical optics, wave character- istics of sound and an introduction to modern physics.

Prereq: PHYS164 and MATH140 or BGCSE Mathematics Grade ‘C’

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PHYS176-COLLEGE PHYSICS I

3 Credits

This is the first in a series of calculus-based physics courses. It covers the following topics in mechanics: units and dimensions, motion in one- and two-dimensions, Newton’s Laws, impulse and momentum, mechanical energy, rotational dynamics, static equilibrium, circular motion and gravitation.


Coreq: PHYL176

Prereq: PHYS164 or BGCSE Physics Grade ‘B’ and MATH167 and MATH168

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PHYS270-COLLEGE PHYSICS II

3 Credits

This is the second in a series of calculus-based physics courses.
It covers topics in oscillations and waves, temperature and kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, elasticity and fluid mechanics.

Coreq: PHYL270

Prereq: PHYS176 and MATH170

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PHYS276-COLLEGE PHYSICS III

3 Credits

This is the third in a series of calculus-based physics courses.
It covers topics in electricity, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves and physical optics

Coreq: PHYL276

Prereq: PHYS176 and MATH170

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PHYS277-COLLEGE PHYSICS IV

3 Credits

This is the fourth in a series of calculus-based physics courses. It covers topics in relativity, quantum physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear physics, elementary particles and solid state physics.

Coreq: PHYL277

Prereq: MATH270 and PHYS270 or PHYS276

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PHYS301-ENERGY, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 Credits

In this course, students survey the physics principles underlying energy production, consumption and conservation. Students examine the economic and political impact of energy-related practices locally and globally.

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYS375-MEDICAL PHYSICS

3 Credits

This is an advanced, but mostly qualitative course. It covers topics in Medical Physics such as radio telemetry, ultrasonics, X-rays in diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, radioisotopes in nuclear medicine, dosimetry, magnetic resonance imaging and transport through membranes.

Coreq: PHYL375

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYS376-THERMODYNAMICS

3 Credits

This is a rigorous calculus-based course covering topics such as the first and second laws of thermodynamics, reversible engines, entropy, equations of state for gases, phase transformation, Joule-Thompson effect, free energy, and related thermodynamic functions.

Coreq: PHYL376

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYS377-ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RELATIVITY

3 Credits

This is an introductory course in atomic and nuclear physics dealing with Relativistic Kinematics and dynamics. Additionally it deals with Compton effect treated relativistically, Schrodinger’s equation and its application to simple one dimensional (1D) systems, atomic nucleus, radioactivity, interaction with matter and nuclear reactions.


Coreq: PHYL377

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYS378-PHYSICS OF ENERGY RESOURCES

3 Credits

This course is a survey of energy resources and the technologies by which they can be exploited. It presents a mainly qualitative look at renewable and non-renewable resources, energy conversation strategies, reduction in inefficiencies and the problem of environ- mental pollution.

Prereq: Third-year standing

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PHYS488-HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS

3 Credits

The course examines the nature, aims and philosophy of physics.
It traces the historical development and the philosophical supposi- tions of astronomy and mechanics from antiquity to Newton.
It also examines the works of modern scientific philosophers in physics.

Fourth-year standing

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