Course Descriptions

PHYS 100: Introduction to Physics

Introduction to Physics

PHYS 100

For students without Physics 12 (or equivalent) to prepare for further physics courses. Primarily kinematics and dynamics, with an introduction to geometric optics and electrostatics. Students who have obtained a grade of C+ or better in BC high school Physics 12 (or its equivalent) or who have taken any further physics course normally may not take PHYS 100 for credit. Prerequisite: BC Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) or MATH 100 (may be taken concurrently). BC Physics 11 (or equivalent) is recommended.

PHYS 101: Physics for the Life Sciences I

Physics for the Life Sciences I

PHYS 101

Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 102: Physics for the Life Sciences II

Physics for the Life Sciences II

PHYS 102

Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140, with a minimum grade of C-. Co-requisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158, PHYS 130. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 120: Mechanics and Modern Physics

Mechanics and Modern Physics

PHYS 120

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 121: Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 121

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140 (or PHYS 101 with a grade of A or B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 126: Electricity, Magnetism and Light

Electricity, Magnetism and Light

PHYS 126

An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 and permission of the department. Co-requisite: MATH 126 or MATH 152. Quantitative.

PHYS 125: Mechanics and Special Relativity

Mechanics and Special Relativity

PHYS 125

An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Co-requisite: MATH 125 or MATH 151. Quantitative.

PHYS 130: Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory

Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory

PHYS 130

Elementary experiments in optics, electricity, mechanics and heat that are designed to augment the general survey course. Students with credit for PHYS 131, 133, or 141 may not take PHYS 130 for further credit. Corequisite: PHYS 102 should be taken concurrently or may precede; or by permission of the department. Quantitative.

PHYS 132: Physics Laboratory I

Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 132

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in mechanics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Corequisite: PHYS 120 or 125. Quantitative.

PHYS 133: Physics Laboratory II

Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 133

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions). Corequisite: PHYS 121 or 126. Quantitative.

PHYS 140: Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics

Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics

PHYS 140

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 141: Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 141

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C- (or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 190: Introduction to Astronomy

Introduction to Astronomy

PHYS 190

A survey of astronomy designed primarily for non-science students, with a strong emphasis on active learning outside the classroom. Covers the development of astronomy from the ancient Greeks through the Renaissance, to the modern view of the cosmos as revealed by the scientific method. Topics include naked-eye observation of the night sky, modern observational equipment and techniques, the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies, the Hubble expansion, the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, and startling new theories of the origin and destiny of the universe. Experiential activities involve active observations of the moon, stars and planets, and introductory experiments in some of the basic physics that astronomers use to explore the cosmos. Students who have received credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take PHYS 190 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 192: Logarithm and Blues

Logarithm and Blues

PHYS 192

An exploration of the production, propagation and perception of sound and music from an interdisciplinary perspective. The viewpoints of a professional musician and a physicist will be presented and compared. Topics include elementary acoustics, instrument characteristics, reproduction technologies, tonal anomalies and perception. Breadth-Science.