PHY - Physics

PHY 109 Digital Electronics Systems

Prerequisite: An introductory computer course.

Course Description: An introduction to the logical principles and devices that make modern computers and other electronic systems possible. The course will cover switching devices, switching algebra, logic design, minimization techniques, reliability design, synchronous sequential circuits, and sequential machines. Laboratory exercises will supplement lecture material.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

4 credits

PHY 111 General Physics I

This course fulfills the Lab Sciences requirement in the Core.

Course Description: Basic calculus-level course in physics treating mechanics and thermodynamics. Laboratory illustrates the physical principles discussed.

Course Rotation: NYC and PLV: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

4 credits

Prerequisites

MAT 131 Min Grade D

PHY 111A General Physics I (Lecture)

Co or Prerequisite: MAT 131.

Prerequisite: Open only to students enrolled at other colleges requiring lecture only. Consult the Physics department for registration procedure.

Course Description: Basic calculus-level course in physics treating mechanics and thermodynamics.

3 credits

Prerequisites

MAT 131 Min Grade D

PHY 111B General Physics I (Laboratory)

Prerequisite: Open only to students enrolled at other colleges requiring lab only. Consult the Physics department for registration procedure.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MAT 131 Min Grade D

PHY 111D Physics Discussion Group

0 credits

PHY 112 General Physics II

Course Description: A continuation of Physics I including wave motion, electromagnetism, optics, and an introduction to modern physics. Laboratory illustrates the physical principles discussed.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring and Summer. PLV: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 111 Min Grade D and MAT 132 Min Grade C-

PHY 112A General Physics II (Lecture)

Prerequisite: Open only to students enrolled at other colleges requiring Lecture only. Consult the Physics department for registration procedure.

Course Description: A continuation of Physics I including wave motion, electromagnetism, optics, and an introduction to modern physics. Laboratory illustrates the physical principles discussed.

3 credits

Prerequisites

(PHY 111 Min Grade D or PHY 101 Min Grade D) and MAT 132 Min Grade D

PHY 112B General Physics II (Laboratory)

Prerequisite: Open only to students enrolled at other colleges requiring Lab only. Consult the Physics department for registration procedure.

Course Description: Laboratory illustrates the physical principles discussed.

1 credits

Prerequisites

(PHY 111 Min Grade D or PHY 101 Min Grade D) and MAT 132 Min Grade D

PHY 112D Physics II Discussion Group

Course Description: This is a peer lead homework help group for students taking PHY 112.

Course Rotation: NY:PLV;Fall:Spring.

0 credits

PHY 213 Modern Physics

3 credits

PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Quantum Theory

This course is the same as CHE 301.

Course Description: Topics include: laws of thermodynamics, concepts of entropy and free energy, thermodynamic properties of solutions, phase equilibria, electrolytic solutions, chemical equilibrium and kinetic theory of gases.

4 credits

Prerequisites

CHE 112 Min Grade D and PHY 112 Min Grade D and MAT 132 Min Grade D

PHY 215A Topics: Thermodynamics and Quantum Theory-Lecture only

Course Description:Topics include laws of thermodynamics, concepts of entropy and free energy, thermodynamic properties of solutions, phase equilibria, electrolytic solutions, chemical equilibrium and kinetic theory of gases.
Course Rotation:Fall;PLV

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Min Grade D and CHE 112 Min Grade D

PHY 231 Electromagnetism I

Course Descriptions: An intermediate course in electromagnetism. Starting with an overview of vector calculus the course discusses Poisson's and LaPlace's equations, D.C. currents and magnetic fields. Laboratory exercises exemplify principles discussed.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA. PLV: Fall - Odd years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Min Grade D and MAT 132 Min Grade D

PHY 232 Electromagnetism II

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Electro-magnetism I. Starting with Maxwell's equations, the course discusses electromagnetic waves, boundary phenomena, transmission lines, waveguides and radiating systems.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 231 Min Grade D

PHY 235 Mechanics

Course Description: An intermediate-level course in mechanics including the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, central forces, harmonic oscillations and an introduction to Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's principle.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Min Grade D and MAT 132 Min Grade D

PHY 296 Topics in Physics

3 credits

PHY 296F Topic: Physics-Modern Physics

Course Description: This course will cover the main features in the development of modern atomic and quantum physics. Topics taught will include the black body problem, the photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, the Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom, wave-particle duality, Schroedinger?s equation, and special relativity.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Min Grade D

PHY 296G Topics in Physics: Mathematical Physics

Course Description: This is a course on mathematical methods designed for intermediate to advanced students of physics, chemistry, engineering, and mathematics. The course is particularly intended for those students with one year of calculus who wants to develop, in a short time, a basic competence in the above-mentioned fields. The topics include: Infinite series,Complex numbers, Linear equations and Matrices, Vector analysis, Fourier series, Partial differentiation and Partial Differential equations, Coordinate transformation and Tensor analysis, and Special functions.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 and MAT 236

PHY 296H Topic: Introduction to Special Relativity

Course Description: An introductory course on the special theory of relativity. The topics include: Physical Basis for Special Relativity; Relativistic Kinematics ( Relativistic observers and reference frames, Lorentz Transformation, time dilation, length contraction and relativistic Doppler effect); Relativistic Dynamics ( relativistic mass and momentum, Newton's 2nn law of relativity and relativistic energy); Special Relativity and Theory of Electromagnetism (electric and magnetic fields and their relativistic transformation, relativistic current densities, and invariance of the Maxwell's equations).

3 credits

PHY 311 Optics

Course Description: A lecture and laboratory course in geometrical, physical and quantum optics. Topics will include refraction, reflection and absorption of light; interference; diffraction, polarization and scattering of light; compton scattering, optical spectra and resonance.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Min Grade D

PHY 320 Biophysics

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course provides a link between physics and biology which is not currently present in the courses offered. This course will provide the basis to build a minor in Health Physics which is a subject of high demand in the health professions and will serve as an additional elective for Biology majors.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

PHY 321 Biomedical Physics

Course Description:This is a one semester course providing instruction in medical physics. The aim of this course is to relate some of the concepts in physics to living systems. The concepts of physics will be applied to the human body and the applications of physics to biology and medicine will be explored. The syllabus covers topics of basic measurement and analysis techniques such as CT scan, endoscopy, MRI and fMRI imaging.

Course Rotation: FALL;NY

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 111 Min Grade D and PHY 112 Min Grade D andMAT 131 Min Grade D and BIO 101 Min Grade D and BIO 102 Min Grade D

PHY 335 Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisite: PHY 213 and PHY 235 or permission of Department.

Course Description: The course will review the Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom, introduce the Schroedinger equation and apply it to the atomic systems. The methods of quantum mechanics will be demonstrated in one dimensional potentials and hydrogen-like systems. The interpretation of the mathematical formalism in terms of physical observables will be emphasized. The time-dependent Schroedinger equation and the Heisenberg matrix methods will be introduced.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Odd years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 213 Min Grade D and PHY 235 Min Grade D

PHY 352 Thermal Physics

Prerequisite: PHY 215 or Permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: The course presents entropy in classical thermodynamic systems undergoing thermal, mechanical, and chemical interactions. Engines and refrigerators are reviewed. Boltzmann and quantum statistical distributions are introduced and applied to ideal gasses, electron energies in solids, and black body radiation.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 215 Min Grade D

PHY 390 Physics Seminar I

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: Students will make presentations for group discussion on current advances and research in physics. Required of all physics majors in junior year. A full year course.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall.

1 credits

PHY 480 Research in Physics

Course Description: Students will pursue after individual selection and invitation by faculty, supervised research projects in experimental or theoretical physics or astronomy. Each student will submit a written report and give an oral presentation of the research.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits