Introductory Astronomy (PHY 101)
A descriptive course covering our solar system, stars, and galaxies. In addition
the course traces the development of scientific thought from early civilization
to the present day.
Introduction to Physics (PHY 116)
An algebra-based introductory course in which the applications, problems,
and experiments are selected to illustrate fundamental principles and provide a
broad survey of physics.
Modern Physics (PHY 245)
An introduction to modern physics from a historical and experimental
perspective. Relativity, atomic, molecular, nuclear, and solid state physics.
This course develops the experimental foundations and need for quantum
Electronics (PHY 261)
AC and DC circuits, analog electronics, digital electronics, and the analysis
and use of microprocessors and microcomputer systems. (Three one-hour lectures,
one three-hour laboratory.
Comprehensive Laboratory I (PHY 395)
Students work in small groups on advanced experiments from various physics
subfields (including modern physics, electronic instrumentation, magnetism,
and optics) with a focus on the role of experiments, interpretation of data, and
scientific communication. Incorporates an introduction to LabVIEW software
for computerized data acquisition and experiment control.
Comprehensive Laboratory II (PHY 396)
A continuation of PHY 395. A thorough exploration of interface hardware and
software design (LabVIEW) for computer-controlled experiments followed by
application of these techniques to advanced experiments in high vacuum
physics and technology, modern optics, biophysics, and other areas.
First Year Seminar (Aug 101)