
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 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.



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 computerbased 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.



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 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. Offered
on demand.



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. Offered odd years only.



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



PHYS 431, 432 MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (OR MATH 431, 432)  3, 3 
Indepth 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. Offered even years only.



PHYS 494 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION  0 
Individual contract arrangement between a cooperating employer and a
student which provides the student with practical experience in an
offcampus 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.



