PHYS 1014 Conceptual Physics
A qualitative introduction to the basic principles and ideas of mechanics, heat,
thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Demonstrations, exercises, and
experiments will be used to construct the fundamental concepts. Emphasis will be placed on
verbal interpretation, arithmetical reasoning, functional reasoning, and graphical interpretation.
There will be some quantitative and algebraic interpretation. The course is designed for all
students. May be used to satisfy a distribution requirement in natural sciences.
PHYS 2115 University Physics I
A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics. Fundamental principles,
such as energy and momentum conservation, are stressed. The development of problem-
solving skills is also emphasized. This is a required course for physics, chemistry, biology, and
pre-engineering majors. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite or corequisite: Mathematics 2124.
May be used to satisfy a distribution requirement in natural sciences.
PHYS 2125 University Physics II
A continuation of Physics 2115. The fundamental concepts of electricity, magnetism, and
optics will be developed in a calculus environment. Continued stress on problem-solving skills.
Required for physics, chemistry, biology, and pre-engineering majors. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: Physics 2115. IV W
PHYS 2154 Modern Physics I
An introductory survey of the “new” physics, which has drastically changed our ideas of matter
and energy and yielded applications in chemistry, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering,
etc. Studies the key historical experiments that forced the “new’’ quantum physics into
existence. An elementary presentation of quantum physics is followed by applications to atoms
and molecules. Also included are applications to solid-state physics with emphasis on the
electrical properties of semiconductors, a survey of nuclear and particle physics, and an
introduction to special relativity. Prerequisite: Physics 2