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Physics Minor

Lower Division Requirements

Select a two-semester sequence from the following

PHY201 Physics for Engineers I w/ Lab

PHY201 Physics for Engineers I w/ Lab

This course covers topics such as units, vectors, motion (in one, two and three dimensions), Newton's laws of motion, work, kinetic and potential energy, momentum, impulse, collisions, conservation laws, dynamics of rotational motion, equilibrium, gravitation, and periodic motion. 6 hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145, 245 or a B or better in EGR 182. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHY201-B B Campbell, Melvin D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex
122
Fall 2014 PHY201-A A Chediak, Juan A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM James Complex
122
Fall 2014 PHY201-C C Stewart, Kyle R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM James Complex
122
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PHY203 Physics for Engineers II w/ Lab

PHY203 Physics for Engineers II w/ Lab

This course covers topics such as fluids, temperature and ideal gas, electric charge and field, Gauss's Law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, current, resistance and electromotive force, direct-current circuits, magnetic field and force, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, electromagnetic induction, inductance, alternating current circuits, and electromagnetic waves. 6 hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 201. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHY203-B B Chediak, Juan A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM James Complex
121
Fall 2014 PHY203-A A Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM James Complex
121
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PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab

PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab

A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or 245, and a passing score on a mathematics assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHY214-B B Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 PHY214-A A Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 PHY214-C C Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
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PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab

PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab

A continuation of PHY 214, including a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (4 units; Spring)

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Upper Division Requirements

PHY310 Waves and Optics with Lab

PHY310 Waves and Optics with Lab

An advanced study of waves and optics, with explicit investigation into mechanical and electromagnetic waves. Topics include (but are not limited to): simple harmonic motion, superposition, dampening, forced oscillations, beats, elasticity, coupling, normal modes, polarization, constructive and destructive interference, single and double slit interference, diffraction gratings, lenses, ray optics, geometric optics, physical optics, beams, and Doppler effect. The course is a very lab intensive class taught in a semi inquiry-based manner. The class and lab are heavily integrated; 3-hours lecture, 3-hours lab. Additional lab fee. Prerequsite: PHY203 or 224. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHY310-A A Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
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PHY320 Modern Physics

PHY320 Modern Physics

An advanced study of modern physics theories. Topics include (but not limited to): relativity, photons, photoelectric effect, the Bohr-model, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Compton scattering, de Broglie waves, wave particle duality, wave packets, Schroedinger’s equation, nuclear models, decay and reactions, Rutherford scattering. 4-hours lecture. Prerequisite: PHY 203 or 224; PHY 310 recommended. (4 units; Spring)

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Upper Division Electives

Complete four (4) additional upper division units in Physics.

PHY301 Astronomy II

PHY301 Astronomy II

The main focus of the course is on complex concepts from extra-solar astrophysics (astronomy outside of our solar system), including star formation, stellar evolution, supernova and stellar remnants, black holes, galaxy formation, dark matter, the large-scale structure of the universe, and the Creation of the universe. The purpose of this course is to provide a broad baseline of conceptual understanding. Student will also learn how to analyze and understand new discoveries in astronomy as they are related directly to the professional astronomical community, in addition to understanding astronomy articles that are presented through more mainstream media. Prerequisite(s): PHY113, 201, or 214. (3 units)

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PHY301L Astronomy II Lab

PHY301L Astronomy II Lab

This laboratory course focuses on studying the laws of physics related to astronomy. It is intended as an upper division general education course in astronomy. The purpose of this course is to give a broad experiential understanding of the process of analyzing data from telescopes, integrating real astronomical data with astronomical concepts such as the expansion of the universe and supernova explosion. Additional lab fee. Co-requisite: PHY 301. (1 unit)

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PHY305 Physics of Semiconductors

PHY305 Physics of Semiconductors

An introduction to the underlying mechanism and the physical operation of semiconductor devices. This includes discussion of material properties, energy band theory, carrier behavior, and electronic transport. We’ll apply this to understanding pn junction diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors and field-effect transistors. Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: MAT343, PHY203 or 224.(4 units; As offered)

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