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ASTR 141, 142  GENERAL ASTRONOMY 4, 4
Introduction to modern astronomy with emphasis on the place of astronomy in man's cultural and scientific thought and experience; includes study of planets, moons, comets, meteors, the solar system as a unit, the sun, stars, galaxies, and the sidereal universe. Laboratory or night observation once a week. Prerequisite: Completion of general studies mathematics requirement.
 

GEOL 101, 102  PHYSICAL GEOLOGY 4, 4
Study of the earth, its composition and structure, and the processes operating to give its present form. Includes the following topics: types of rocks and how they are formed, erosion, glaciation, relative dating techniques, plate tectonics, volcanism, and seismology. Laboratory experience is integrated with the class work. Must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Course not available for dual credit. If counted toward high school graduation, it will not be counted as college credit. Offered only on the campus of Walla Walla Valley Academy.
 

PHYS 114  PERSPECTIVES IN PHYSICS 1
Study of the historical and philosophical development of contemporary ideas in the physical sciences. Examples of various historical experiments will be performed and discussed. Some time will be devoted to exploring careers in physics and related fields.
 

PHYS 115, 116  INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTATION 1, 1
Introduction to the principles and practice of hypothesis testing, including physical measurement, experiment design, and data analysis; emphasizes the use of the computer for data acquisition, graphical presentation, and analysis of data and simple simulation. Prerequisite: CPTR 141 or equivalent.
 

PHYS 201, 202  INVITATION TO PHYSICS 3, 3
Investigation, explanation, and understanding of the natural world using the ideas and concepts of physics. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity, and astrophysics. Prerequisite: Completion of general studies mathematics requirement. Corequisites: PHYS 204, 205.
 

PHYS 204, 205  INVITATION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY 1, 1
Laboratory work integrated with PHYS 201, 202.
 

PHYS 211, 212, 213  GENERAL PHYSICS 3, 3, 3
Introduction to mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particles, quantum mechanics, and special relativity; designed primarily for nonphysics majors to acquaint them with the ideas and methods of physics for possible application to problems in other areas of human endeavor. Prerequisites: MATH 121, 122 or equivalent. Must be taken in sequence. Corequisites: PHYS 214, 215, 216.
 

PHYS 214, 215, 216  GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY 1, 1, 1
Laboratory work integrated with PHYS 211, 212, 213.
 

PHYS 251, 252, 253  PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS 3, 3, 3
Introduction to mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave motion, and optics; designed to provide the science and engineering major with an intuitive and a mathematical understanding of fundamental physical concepts. Must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: MATH 181, 281. Corequisites: PHYS 254, 255, 256; MATH 282, 283.
 

PHYS 254, 255, 256  PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY 1, 1, 1
Experimental exploration and study of the fundamental concepts of physics. Integrated with PHYS 251, 252, 253 or equivalent and MATH 181, MATH 281, 282, 283 are prerequisites for all courses numbered PHYS 300 or above except PHYS 395.
 

PHYS 307  SCIENTIFIC MODELING 4
Models of physical and biophysical systems are studied using contemporary computer-based methods. Examples are chosen to illustrate the application of physical and biophysical principles to models of real systems which are of current interest. Prerequisites: PHYS 213 or PHYS 253; MATH 281. Will be offered 1997-98.
 

PHYS 311  MODERN PHYSICS 3
Study of the basic principles of relativity, quantum theory, atomic, and nuclear structure. Corequisites: PHYS 314; MATH 315.
 

PHYS 312  PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS (OR ENGR 312) 3
Study of the physical principles of solid state electronics devices including photovoltaics. Prerequisite: PHYS 311; Corequisite: PHYS 315; PHYS 313 strongly recommended.
 

PHYS 313  THERMODYNAMICS 4
Introduction to the physical theories of equilibrium thermostatics and irreversible thermodynamics based on elementary statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 311; MATH 315.
 

PHYS 314  MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY 1
Experimental study of the characteristics of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, interaction of radiation with matter, neutron activation. Corequisite: PHYS 311.
 

PHYS 315  PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS LABORATORY (OR ENGR 315) 1
Experiments in crystal and semiconductor physics, including measurement of fundamental physical constants. Corequisite: PHYS 312.
 

PHYS 316  OPTICS LABORATORY 1
Experimental study of geometrical and physical optics.
 

PHYS 317, 318, 319  PHYSICS SEMINAR I 1, 1, 1
Discussion of contemporary and classical topics, with emphasis placed on underlying principles and the interrelation of physical concepts. A term project is required.
 

PHYS 321, 322  OPTICS 3, 3
Study of classical theory of radiation and optics based on Maxwell's equations; includes reflection, refraction, dispersion, diffraction, interference, coherence, polarization, scattering, polychromatic waves. Corequisite for PHYS 322: PHYS 316. PHYS 322 will be offered 1997-98.
 

PHYS 395  METHODS OF TEACHING PHYSICAL SCIENCE 3
Materials, techniques, and methods of teaching the physical sciences on the secondary level. Requires observation, demonstration, and class presentations. Special attention is given to newer methods of teaching science to the secondary student. Will not apply on a major or minor in physics. Offered on demand.
 

PHYS 401, 402  ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM 4, 4
Study of electric and magnetic field theory, polarization, magnetization, solutions to the equations of Laplace and Poisson, Maxwell's equations, applications to plane waves, and dipole radiation.
 

PHYS 414, 415, 416  EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 1, 1, 1
Experimental investigations in classical and modern physics.
 

PHYS 417, 418, 419  PHYSICS SEMINAR II 1, 1, 1
Discussion of contemporary and classical topics in physics, with emphasis placed on underlying principles and the interrelation of physical concepts. A term project is required.
 

PHYS 421  CLASSICAL MECHANICS 4
Study of kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, harmonic and orbital motion, using the methods of Newton, Lagrange, and Hamilton.
 

PHYS 422, 423  QUANTUM MECHANICS 4, 4
Study of the experimental and theoretical foundations of modern atomic and sub-atomic physics. Topics include special relativity, wave mechanics, matrix mechanics, perturbation theory, and particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 421.
 

PHYS 431, 432  MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (OR MATH 431, 432) 3, 3
In-depth study of the mathematical foundations of physics and their applications to physical problems. Particular attention is paid to the theory of linear vector spaces in developing tensor analysis group theory and Hilbert Space theory. This course is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school in physics, or having a strong interest in the applications of mathematics to the physical world. Will be offered 1997-98.
 

PHYS 494  COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 0
Individual contract arrangement between a cooperating employer and a student which provides the student with practical experience in an off-campus setting. Graded S or NC. Prerequisites: CDEV 210 or equivalent, completion of at least ten credit hours of upper division physics courses, and departmental approval.



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