Physics (PHYS)


PHYS 100. PHYSICAL SCIENCE I. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: pre-university basic skills in mathematics.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
Course covers the elementary aspects of physical science and astronomy. It operates in an informal laboratory mode with ample opportunity for discussion and individual assistance. No mathematics beyond basic arithmetic is used.

PHYS 115. INVESTIGATING PHYSICAL SCIENCE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 208 or equivalent.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
For students planning to teach elementary school. Includes inquiry based physical science investigations that support science instruction outlined in the National Science Education Standards and Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements.

PHYS 121. DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY. 5 Credits.

Notes: Laboratory work related to the covered topics is included. May include planetarium sessions.
Pre-requisites: pre-university basic skills in mathematics.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
This course develops astronomy from early geocentric models of the cosmos through the Copernican revolution to our modern understanding. The tools of astronomy are discussed, and how physical laws are applied in astronomy. Course topics draw from the subjects of our Sun, our solar system and planets, exoplanets, stars, galaxies, large-scale structure and cosmology.

PHYS 131. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I. 4 Credits.

Notes: PHYS 161, the associated laboratory course, is usually required by any program also requiring PHYS 131, but requires separate enrollment.
Pre-requisites: MATH 142, concurrent enrollment in PHYS 161 is recommended.
Satisfies: The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 161 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as one course. The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 132, PHYS 161, plus any one of the following: PHYS 162, PHYS 163, PHYS 263 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as two courses.
This course covers kinematics, Newton's Laws of Motion, conservation of energy, momentum and statics.

PHYS 132. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II. 4 Credits.

Notes: most programs which require PHYS 132 also require PHYS 162, the associated lab, which requires separate enrollment.
Pre-requisites: PHYS 131.
Satisfies: The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 161 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as one course. The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 132, PHYS 161, plus any one of the following: PHYS 162, PHYS 163, PHYS 263 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as two courses.
This is a continuation of PHYSs 131 and covers fluids, oscillations and waves, thermal physics, electrostatics and simple circuitry.

PHYS 133. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III. 4 Credits.

Notes: programs which require PHYS 133 often require the associated lab (PHYS 163) for which enrollment is separate.
Pre-requisites: PHYS 132.
Satisfies: The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 161 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as one course. The completion of PHYS 131, PHYS 132, PHYS 161, plus any one of the following: PHYS 162, PHYS 163, PHYS 263 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, ounts as two courses.
This is a continuation of PHYS 132. Content includes magnetism and Faraday's Law, geometrical and wave optics, special relativity and selected topics in quantum theory.

PHYS 151. GENERAL PHYSICS I. 4 Credits.

Notes: the completion of PHYS 151, PHYS 161 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, physics; counts as one course.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 161. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 161 is recommended.
Part of a four-quarter beginning sequence ( PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153, PHYS 221) suitable for all students of natural science and mathematics. Topics covered include: one and multi-dimensional kinematics and dynamics, energy and momentum and oscillations.

PHYS 152. GENERAL PHYSICS II. 4 Credits.

Notes: the completion of PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 161, plus any one of the following: PHYS 162, PHYS 163, PHYS 263 satisfies the BACR for natural sciences, counts as two courses.
Pre-requisites: PHYS 151 and concurrent enrollment in MATH 162.
Part of a four-quarter beginning sequence ( PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153, PHYS 221) suitable for all students of natural science and mathematics. Topics covered include: rotational motion, gravity, fluids, waves and thermodynamics.

PHYS 153. GENERAL PHYSICS III. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 152, MATH 162, concurrent enrollment in MATH 163 recommended.
Part of a four-quarter beginning sequence ( PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153, PHYS 221) suitable for all students of natural science and mathematics. Topics covered include: electrostatics, direct current circuit theory, magnetism and geometric optics.

PHYS 161. MECHANICS LABORATORY. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: MATH 142.
A laboratory course in mechanics, including one-dimensional motion, motion in a plane, dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, and oscillating motion.

PHYS 162. HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: MATH 142.
A laboratory course in heat and optics. Experiments in optics include reflection and refraction, lenses and mirrors, microscopes and telescopes, and optical spectra. Experiments in heat include heat and temperature, thermal expansion, mechanical and electrical equivalents of heat and a study of gas laws.

PHYS 163. ELECTRONICS LAB I. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: MATH 142.
This lab course covers electrostatics and concepts of simple DC circuitry, Kirchoff's loop rule and junction rule, and the includes the operational principles of ammeters and voltmeters.

PHYS 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 221. GENERAL PHYSICS IV. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 153.
Part of a four-quarter beginning sequence (PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153, PHYS 221) suitable for all students of natural science and mathematics. Topics covered include: electromagnetism, alternating current circuit theory, Maxwell's equations, physical optics, quantization, and nuclear physics.

PHYS 263. ELECTRONICS LAB II. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 163.
This course covers principles of AC circuits with reactive elements; the operation of transformers; diode operation and theory; and simple semiconductors.

PHYS 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 299. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 321. ADVANCED PHYSICS LAB I. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.
A laboratory course dealing with classical experiments in all of physics as well as introducing many modern measurement techniques in atomic and nuclear physics.

PHYS 322. ADVANCED PHYSICS LAB II. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.
A laboratory course dealing with classical experiments in all of physics as well as introducing many modern measurement techniques in atomic and nuclear physics.

PHYS 338. DISCOVERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE. 1 Credit.

Cross-listed: BIOL 338, CHEM 338, GEOL 338, HIST 338, PHYS 338, PSYC 338.
The course uses several scientific themes to rediscover from the past and find in contemporary research, the women who have made significant contributions to science.

PHYS 361. CLASSICAL MECHANICS I. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 153, MATH 163.
A study of statics and dynamics from a mathematical point of view; an introduction to Lagrange's Equations.

PHYS 362. CLASSICAL MECHANICS II. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 361.
A study of statics and dynamics from a mathematical point of view; an introduction to Lagrange's Equations.

PHYS 363. SPECIAL RELATIVITY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 153, MATH 162.
An introduction to Einstein's theory of special relativity and its application to particle dynamics.

PHYS 371. QUANTUM PHYSICS I: INTRODUCTION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 163, PHYS 221.
An introduction to the origin and development of quantum theory with emphasis on the classical experiments leading to Schroedinger's wave mechanics and applications of Schroedinger's Equation to simple systems. Explicit solutions of the standard one dimensional problems and the use of the linear algebraic Dirac formalism will be discussed in detail.

PHYS 372. QUANTUM PHYSICS II: ATOMIC. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 371.
A study of the application of quantum theory to the description of atoms, including exactly solvable problems and key approximation methods. Atomic structure and the resulting spectra are discussed.

PHYS 390. PHYSICS TEACHING METHODS. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: successful completion of PHYS 221, PHYS 263, PHYS 321, PHYS 371, and successful completion or concurrent enrollment in EDUC 341 and enrollment in a co-requisite SCED 390.
This course is for physics majors planning to teach junior or senior high school. Topics include: review of the NGSS content, the development of lesson plans for several areas of the new standards, and instruction, through class examples, of teaching science by inquiry.

PHYS 395. CO-OP FIELDWORK. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-6 Credits.

PHYS 401. ELECTROMAGNETISM I. 4 Credits.

Notes: MATH 241 or equivalent is strongly suggested prior to taking the class.
Pre-requisites: MATH 163 and PHYS 221.
This course consists of topics in electrostatics: the electric field, Gauss' Law, the scalar potential, electromagnetic energy and polarizable media. Extensive use is made of vector calculus.

PHYS 402. ELECTROMAGNETISM II. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 401.
This course consists of topics including: magnetostatics and some time-varying fields, the Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, the vector potential, Faraday's Law, and magnetostatics in the presence of magnetizable matter.

PHYS 403. ELECTROMAGNETISM III. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 402.
This course consists of topics including: Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, wave guides, radiation, and compatibility of electromagnetism and special relativity.

PHYS 411. CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 153, MATH 163.
Introduction to elementary thermodynamics; first, second and third laws of thermodynamics; ideal gases; and kinetic theory.

PHYS 421. COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 163, PHYS 221.
Introduction to programming to solve physics problems in data analysis, theory, and statistics that are not amenable to analytical solution. Covers model fitting, computational statistical techniques, nonlinear system dynamics, iterative solutions and basic simulations.

PHYS 424. ASTROPHYSICS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 163, PHYS 153.
Application of the physical principles of mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics and relativity within the astronomical contexts of observational techniques/instrumentation, planetary science, stellar structure/evolution, galactic/extragalactic structure and cosmology.

PHYS 431. SOLID STATE DEVICES PHYSICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 163, PHYS 221.
A course dealing with crystalline semiconductors, carrier transport generation and recombination, p-n junctions, metal-semiconductor junctions, microwave devices, photonic devices like solar cells and semiconductor lasers.

PHYS 441. SOLID STATE PHYSICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 431.
A course dealing with the quantum properties of electrons in solids, mechanisms of electron and hole conduction, and the theory of operation of solid state devices.

PHYS 451. OPTICS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: MATH 163, PHYS 153.
A study of the nature of light and its applications, with emphasis on physical optics and the electromagnetic wave theory of light. Topics selected from modern optics include Fourier optics, basics of coherence theory, and aspects of the quantum nature of light.

PHYS 461. NUCLEAR PHYSICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 372.
A continuation of PHYS 372 which deals with properties of the nucleus, laws of radioactivity, nature of radiation, nuclear, X- and gamma rays, and nuclear reactions.

PHYS 491. SENIOR THESIS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
Directed research on a topic in physics leading to a written or oral report. See your advisor for further information.

PHYS 495. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean

PHYS 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-6 Credits.

PHYS 498. SEMINAR. 1-2 Credits.

PHYS 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean

PHYS 596. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 597. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 598. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

PHYS 696. COLLEGE TEACHING INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.