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    PHY 1080 History of the Universe

    PHY 1080 History of the Universe

    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides students with an understanding of the role the scientific process has in explaining the history of the universe. The role of experimental observation in the development of scientific theories will be discussed, as well as the philosophical and social nature of scientific theory and practice. Students learn how physical principles are used to develop a coherent picture of natural sciences. The course discusses astronomical observations, the life cycles of planets and stars, and cosmology.

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    PHY 1300 General Physics I

    PHY 1300 General Physics I

    Credit Hours: 3

    Study of mechanics, fluids, and vibrations. Emphasis will be placed on applications in the biological and medical sciences. Recommended for students preparing for medical, dental and health careers.

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    PHY 1310 General Physics Laboratory I

    PHY 1310 General Physics Laboratory I

    Credit Hours: 1

    Laboratory to accompany PHY 1300.

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    PHY 1320 General Physics II

    PHY 1320 General Physics II

    Credit Hours: 3

    Continuation of PHY 1300 covering electricity and magnetism, optics. Emphasis will be placed on applications in the biological and medical sciences. Recommended for students preparing for medical, dental and health careers.

    Prerequisites:

    • PHY 1300 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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    PHY 1330 General Physics Laboratory II

    PHY 1330 General Physics Laboratory II

    Credit Hours: 1

    Laboratory to accompany PHY 1320.

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    PHY 1600 General Physics I

    PHY 1600 General Physics I

    Credit Hours: 3

    A rigorous course in mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations. This course is required for engineers and some science majors.

    Prerequisites:

    • MTH 1420 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently) OR
    • ENGR 1234 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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    PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I

    PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I

    Credit Hours: 1

    Laboratory to accompany PHY 1600.

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    PHY 1620 General Physics II

    PHY 1620 General Physics II

    Credit Hours: 3

    A rigorous course in electricity and magnetism and optics. This course is required for engineers and some science majors.

    Prerequisites:

    • PHY 1600 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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    PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II

    PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II

    Credit Hours: 1

    Laboratory to accompany PHY 1620.

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    PHY 3690 Modern Physics with Device Applications

    PHY 3690 Modern Physics with Device Applications

    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduction to elementary quantum mechanics with semiconductor device applications. The particle-like properties of electromagnetic radiation and the wave-like properties of matter are discussed. Application of the Schroedinger equation to the development of energy bands. Charge carrier transport mechanisms. Development of the theory of p-n junctions and related devices including diodes, transistors, LEDs, lasers, and solar cells. Introduction to nanoscopic materials, e.g. graphene.

    Prerequisites:

    • PHY 1620 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
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