2002-03 Bulletin
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PHYSICS


ASTRONOMY (ASTR)


ASTR 141, 142, 143  GENERAL ASTRONOMY 3, 3, 3
Introduction to modern astronomy with emphasis on the place of astronomy in man's cultural and scientific thought and experience. First quarter includes study of planets, moons, comets, meteors, and the solar system as a unit. Second quarter includes the sun and other stars, stellar life cycles and the fate of our sun. Third quarter includes black holes and quasars, galaxies, theories of the origin and fate of the universe, as well as perspectives on the search for other life in the universe. Any two quarters may be taken to satisfy the general science requirement. Corequisite: ASTR 144, 145, 146.
 

ASTR 144, 145, 146  GENERAL ASTRONOMY LABORATORY 1, 1, 1
Laboratory and observatory activities integrated with ASTR 141, 142, 143 . Corequisite: ASTR 141, 142, 143.
 

GEOLOGY (GEOL)


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.
 

PHYSICS (PHYS)


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. Does not count towards a major or minor. Corequisites: PHYS 204, 205.
 

PHYS 204, 205  INVITATION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY 1, 1
Laboratory work integrated with PHYS 201, 202. Does not count towards a major or minor.
 

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 non-physics 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.
 
*PHYS 251, 252, 253 or equivalent and 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. Offered even years.
 

PHYS 310  MODERN PHYSICS I 3
Study of the basic principles of quantum theory and their application to atomic and molecular properties. Corequisites: PHYS 334.
 

PHYS 311  MODERN PHYSICS II 3
Study of special relativity, elementary particles, nuclei and the solid state. Prerequisites: PHYS 332; MATH 315 recommended. Recommended co-requisite PHYS 416.
 

PHYS 312  PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS (OR ENGR 312) 3
Study of the physical principles of solid state electronics devices. Prerequisite: PHYS 311.
 

PHYS 313  THERMODYNAMICS 4
Introduction to the physical theories of equilibrium thermostatics and irreversible thermodynamics based on elementary statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 331.
 

PHYS 314  MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY 1
Laboratory activities integrated with PHYS 331 Modern Physics. Corequisite: PHYS 331.
 

PHYS 315  PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS LABORATORY 3
Experimental study of the physical principles of solid state electronics devices. PHYS 312
 

PHYS 321  CLASSICAL OPTICS 3
Study of classical theory of radiation and optics based on Maxwell's equations; includes reflection, refraction, dispersion, diffraction, interference, coherence, polarization, and scattering. Corequisite: PHYS 316. Offered odd years.
 

PHYS 325  MODERN OPTICS 3
Study of modern optics and its interface with matter, including non-linear optics and applications in fiber optics and opto-electronics. Corequisite: PHYS 327. Offered odd years.
 

PHYS 326  CLASSICAL OPTICS LABORATORY 1
Experimental study of geometrical and physical optics. Corequisite: PHYS 321. Offered odd years.
 

PHYS 327  MODERN OPTICS LABORATORY 1
Experimental study of physical optics and its application to fiber optics and optoelectronic devices. Corequisite: PHYS 325. Offered odd years.
 

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. Offered even years.
 

PHYS 412  STATISTICAL MECHANICS 3
Advanced treatment of thermodynamics from a statistical perspective. Includes the physics of non-equilibrium systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 332. Offered even years only.
 

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

PHYS 417, 418, 419  PHYSICS SEMINAR 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 420, 421  CLASSICAL MECHANICS 3, 3
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.
 

PHYS 422, 423  QUANTUM MECHANICS 3, 3
Study of the experimental and theoretical foundations of modern atomic and sub-atomic physics. Topics include wave mechanics, matrix mechanics, perturbation theory, and particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 420. Offered odd years.
 

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. Offered even years.
 

PHYS 470  BIOPHYSICS (OR BIOL 470) 4
Study of the structure and function of biological systems from the perspective of the physical sciences. Prerequisites: BIOL 103; PHYS 213 or PHYS 253; MATH 123 or MATH 181 or permission of instructor.
 

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.