Physics - CPS (PHY)

PHY 1200. Physics 1. 3 Hours.

Offers the first semester of a two-semester introduction to calculus-based physics. Emphasizes the underlying concepts and principles. Introduces measurement, estimating, and Newtonian mechanics. Topics include kinematics and dynamics: translational motion, vectors, circular motion, gravitation, work, energy, power, momentum, and rotational motion. Introduces static equilibrium, elasticity and fracture, fluids, vibrations, and waves and sound.

PHY 1201. Lab for PHY 1200. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PHY 1200. Covers topics from the course through various experiments.

PHY 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PHY 2200. Physics 2. 3 Hours.

Offers the second semester of a two-semester introduction to calculus-based physics. Emphasizes the underlying concepts and principles. Introduces temperature and kinetic theory, heat, the laws of thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism. Topics include electric charge and fields, electric potential, electric current circuits, magnetic forces and fields, electromagnetic induction, and alternating current circuits. Introduces electromagnetic waves, the nature of light, and geometric optics.

PHY 2201. Lab for PHY 2200. 1 Hour.

Accompanies PHY 2200. Covers topics from the course through various experiments.

PHY 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PHY 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PHY 4950. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

PHY 4955. Project. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field.

PHY 4983. Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Covers special topics in physics.

PHY 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PHY 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic.

PHY 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic.

PHY 4994. Internship. 1-4 Hours.

Provides students with an opportunity for internship work.

PHY 4995. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

PHY 4996. Experiential Education Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major.

PHY 6501. Forces, Energy, and Motion. 4 Hours.

Uses hands-on, inquiry experiences to offer students an opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of the following concepts and principles: position, distance, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration (motion: kinematics), forces, Newton’s laws of motion and their application to one- and two-dimensional motion (motion: dynamics), work, mechanical energy (kinetic and potential), momentum, and energy conservation. This course aspires to immerse teachers in the process of inquiry, build teachers’ awareness of their role as facilitators in a student-centered environment, and help them address effectively students’ and their own common pre- and misconceptions specific to the curriculum materials.

PHY 6502. Electricity and Magnetism. 4 Hours.

Uses hands-on inquiry experiences to offer students an in-depth exploration of the following concepts and principles: reflection, refraction, interference of waves, electric and magnetic forces and fields, electrical circuits, electromagnetism and the electromagnetic spectrum. This course aspires to immerse teachers in the process of inquiry, build teachers’ awareness of their role as facilitators in a student-centered environment, and help them address effectively students’ and their own common pre- and misconceptions specific to the curriculum materials. This course is contextualized to the Full Option Science System (FOSS) “Magnetism and Electricity” and Active Physics “Home” and “Communication” curriculum modules.

PHY 6503. Advanced Placement Physics Institute. 4 Hours.

Provides intensive training to high school teachers and prospective teachers of advanced placement physics. Designed to develop the students’ abilities to read, understand, and interpret physical information (verbal, mathematical, and graphical); describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon or problem; use basic mathematical reasoning, perform experiments, and interpret the results of observations, including making an assessment of experimental uncertainties. Offers participants time to exchange classroom strategies and to work on the syllabus for their own AP course.

PHY 6510. Energy and Motion. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the physics of energy. Studies the ways in which various toys work and how they are powered. Major concepts include forms of energy, transformation of energy, equilibrium, the various types of motion, forces, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnet, speed, and the properties of materials. All of these concepts are studied in relation to engineering design. Asks students to design a toy that meets a specific set of energy-related design criteria.

PHY 6511. Machines in Motion. 4 Hours.

Explores important concepts in physics using the playground as a laboratory. Offers students an opportunity to learn about simple machines, motion, forces, and balance. Explores the properties and behavior of air and, if a swimming/wading pool or a pond is a part of or adjacent to the playground, the basic properties of water and the principles of displacement and flotation.

PHY 6512. Light and Sound Extravaganza. 4 Hours.

Explores the properties of light and sound. Focuses on the two major sensory inputs of a night at a disco—sound and light—and on the eyes and ears, the sense organs used to process sound and light. Additionally, offers students an opportunity to apply the physical knowledge thus acquired to design and construct musical instruments.

PHY 6961. Internship. 1-4 Hours.

Provides students with an opportunity for internship work.

PHY 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

PHY 6970. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

PHY 6980. Capstone. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to integrate their course work, knowledge, and experiences into a capstone project.

PHY 6983. Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Covers special topics in physics.

PHY 6995. Project. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field.