Physical Science (PHYS)

Courses

PHYS 102  Explorations in Physics  3 Credits (3,0)

Survey course in elementary physics. Stress will be placed on basic concepts, principles and history of the development of physics. Presentation will include selected topics in mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
Prerequisites: MATH 106 or MATH 111 or MATH 140 or MATH 142 or MATH 143 or MATH 241.

PHYS 123  Science of Flight  3 Credits (3,0)

This introductory course explores the science of flight from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering basic aerodynamics and aircraft performance, weather and aviation, fuels and propulsion, metals and composites, hydraulics, altitude physiology and environmental impacts of aviation.

PHYS 142  Introduction to Environmental Science  3 Credits (3,0)

This introductory course stresses the interrelations of all aspects of the living and the nonliving world. It introduces the student to key concepts and principles that govern how nature works and the application of these concepts and principles to possible solutions to environmental and resource problems.

PHYS 150  Physics I for Engineers  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores vectors and scalar quantities, kinematics, Newton's Law of Motion, work, work-energy, conversion of energy, conversion of momentum, center of mass and its motion, torque, equilibrium and orbital motion.
Prerequisites: MATH 241 Corequisites: MATH 241.

PHYS 160  Physics II for Engineers  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a calculus-based study of the fundamental principles of classical mechanics and topics include, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, waves, fluid, heat, kinetic energy, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 150 and MATH 242 Corequisites: MATH 242.

PHYS 199  Special Topics in Physical Science  1-4 Credit (1-4,0)

These are individual independent or directed studies of topics in the fields of the physical sciences impinging on aerospace development or practices, and which are of current or anticipated interest. Pre-Requisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair.

PHYS 224  Astronomy  3 Credits (3,0)

A descriptive course dealing with the structure and evolution of the physical universe. Topics include the solar system (Earth, Moon, Sun, and planets), stars, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology, and exobiology. Planetarium trips and night-observing sessions optional.

PHYS 250  Physics III for Engineers  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a calculus-based study of the fundamental principles of classical mechanics. It is the third course of a three-semester sequence, intended for students of science and engineering and is designed to provide the student with an appropriate background for more advanced physics and engineering course work. Topics of discussion include; electric forces, electric field, Gauss's law, Ohm's law Ampere's law, Faraday's law, Lenz's law, Kirchhoff's law and Maxwell's equations; electric potential and electrostatic potential energy; capacitance; simple DC circuit theory; magnetic force, magnetic field; inductance; electromagnetic oscillations and wave propagation; Linear accelerators, cyclotrons.
Prerequisites: PHYS 160 Corequisites: PHYS 253.

PHYS 253  Physics Laboratory for Engineers  1 Credit (0,1)

Experiments complement the materials in the associated physics lecture sequence (PHYS 150, PHYS 160, PHYS 250). Topics include measurements and uncertainties, representation of data, graphical analysis, error analysis, kinematics, Newtonian motion, rotational motion, torque, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, simple harmonic motion, thermodynamics, properties of waves, electrostatics, DC circuits and measurement tools, resistors, capacitors, diodes, RC circuits, ray optics, refraction, properties of light.
Prerequisites: PHYS 150 and PHYS 160 or PHYS 250 Corequisites: PHYS 250.

PHYS 299  Special Topics in Physics  1-4 Credit (1-4,0)

These are individual independent or directed studies of topics in the fields of the physical sciences impinging on aerospace development or practices, and which are of current or anticipated interest. Pre-Requisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair.

PHYS 304  Environmental Science  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores interrelationships between humans and the environment and impacts of human activities on the environment. Scientific, economic, societal, and technological principles will be applied to the management of pollution of Earth's resources, including land and soil resources, water resources, and energy resources.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202 and PHYS 142.

PHYS 359  Self-Directed Exploration of Environmental Science  3 Credits (3,0)

This is an individual independent study of topics in the fields of the physical sciences impinging on environmental science, and which are of current or anticipated interest. Pre-Requisite: Consent of the instructor and the approval of the department chair.

PHYS 399  Special Topic Physical Sciences  3 Credits (3,0)

These are individual independent studies of topics in the fields of the physical sciences impinging on environmental science, and which are of current or anticipated interest. Pre-Requisite: Consent of the instructor and the approval of the department chair.

PHYS 499  Special Topic Physical Science  1-4 Credit (1-4,0)

These are individual independent or directed studies of topics in the fields of the physical sciences impinging on aerospace development or practices, and which are of current or anticipated interest. Pre-Requisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair.