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2002 - 2003 Physics

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Faculty
Chair: Bruce Palmquist
Lind Hall 201

Associate Professors:
Michael Braunstein, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy
Bruce Palmquist, Science Education

Assistant Professors:
David Laman, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Andrew A. Piacsek, Acoustics
Sharon L. Rosell, Nuclear Physics

General Departmental Information

Physics is a fundamental science in the sense that its ultimate goal is to understand and explain the structure of our universe. It is also a practical subject, and physicists continue to participate and contribute in many fields of human endeavor.

The Physics majors at emphasize the fundamental and practical nature of physics. Our students pursue the intellectual excitement of beginning to understand the structure of matter itself and the widely applicable experiences of problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and acquiring manipulative skills. Throughout our majors stress is placed on careful development of key concepts and skills in a logical sequence, often from an historical perspective. This emphasis is intended to produce the habits of independent study and self improvement essential to success after graduation.

The particular major followed by any student will be determined by that student's own career objective. The B.A. major is for students wishing a broad liberal education with an emphasis in physics. The B.S. Physics majors are designed for individuals planning careers in physics and related technical fields or in areas where a knowledge of basic scientific principles is useful. The Physics minor is for students who want an introduction to the ideas of classical and modern physics.

All Physics majors require four quarters of calculus and this sequence must be started at least concurrently with PHYS 181/181.1. Thus, it is vital that prospective Physics majors consult a departmental advisor early in their careers to plan efficient schedules. Failure to do so could mean requiring an additional year to complete degree requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

Physics Major (6250)

This major satisfies the Primary endorsement for Physics.

Required Courses                       Credits

PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, General Physics        15                              
CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, General Chemistry      10
MATH 172.1, 172.2, 272.1, 272.2, Calculus           20
PHYS 317, 318, Modern Physics                        8
PHYS 331, Laboratory Practices and Techniques        3
PHYS 333, Modern Physics Laboratory                  3
PHYS 381, 382, 383, Electromagnetic Theory          12 
PHYS 494, Undergraduate Research                     2
Department Approved Electives:                       6
MATH 265, Linear Algebra I                           4
                                          Total     83

Students intending to teach at the high school level should obtain 
adequate preparation in another field - mathematics is particularly recommended 
since very few high school teaching assignments involve only Physics. The 
Department of Physics will recommend for certification and endorsement to teach 
high school physics, those students who complete a Bachelor of Arts degree or a
 minor in Physics and have taken SCED 324 and PHYS 393. Prospective teachers 
must also contact the Department of Curriculum and Supervision to determine its
requirements.

Bachelor of Science

Physics Major (6250)

Required Courses                                Credits

PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 
  183, 183.1, General Physics                       15
CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, General Chemistry      10
MATH 172.1, 172.2, 272.1, 272.2, Calculus           20
PHYS 317, 318, Modern Physics                        8
PHYS 331, Laboratory Practices and Techniques        3
PHYS 333, Modern Physics Laboratory                  3
PHYS 342, Thermodynamics                             4
PHYS 351, 352, Analytical Mechanics                  6
PHYS 361, Computational Physics                      4
PHYS 363, Physical Optics                            4
PHYS 381, 382, 383, Electromagnetic Theory          12
PHYS 474, Quantum Mechanics                          5
PHYS 494, Undergraduate Research                     4
MATH 265, Linear Algebra I                           4
MATH 376.1, Elementary Differential Equations        3

                                         Total     110

Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Physics are strongly recommended to include the following courses in their electives:

MATH 376.2, Elementary Differential Equations (3)
PHYS 475, Quantum Mechanics (5)

 

Bachelor of Science

Physics Major (6252)

Physics - Engineering Specialization (6252)

This is a joint five-year program leading to a degree from CWU and an Engineering degree from another institution.

Completion of the three-year program specified below will generally prepare the student to enter the third and fourth year courses of most engineering curricula, but it is solely the student's responsibility to apply and gain admission to an institution offering degrees in Engineering. Early consultation with Central's pre-engineering advisor is mandatory to ensure that specific additional requirements of particular pre-engineering curricula are also satisfied. After transfer to an accredited engineering program, completion of 26 credits of upper division engineering courses in that program, of Central's basic and breadth requirements, and a minimum total of 180 acceptable credits will satisfy remaining requirements for the B.S. degree at CWU with a major in Physics. It is the individual student's responsibility to submit an official transcript of the work completed after leaving CWU and to request awarding of this degree.

Required Courses                              Credits

PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 
  183, 183.1, General Physics                       15
CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, General Chemistry      10
MATH 172.1, 172.2, 272.1, 272.2, Calculus           20
PHYS 317, 318, Modern Physics                        8
PHYS 331, Lab Practices and Techniques               3
PHYS 351, 352, Analytic Mechanics (3,3) OR
  IET 311, Statistics (4) and MET 327, 327.1
  Technical Dynamics (5)                           6-9
PHYS 381, 382, 383, Electromagnetic Theory          12
MATH 265, Linear Algebra                             4
MATH 376.1, Differential Equations                   3
Select upper-division engineering courses
  in an approved engineering discipline in any
  accredited engineering program                    26

                                     Total     107-110

Astronomy Minor (1350)

Students taking this minor to obtain a supporting endorsement in Physics must also complete SCED 324.

Required Courses                                   Credits

PHYS 101, 101.1, Astronomy                             5
PHYS 102, Introductory Astronomy of the Solar System   4
PHYS 111, 111.1, 112, 112.1, 113, 113.1
     Introductory Physics, Or
PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1 
     General Physics                                  15
PHYS 301, Stellar Astrophysics                         4
PHYS 317, Modern Physics                               4
PHYS 393, Laboratory Experience Teaching Physics or    2
     PHYS 494, Undergraduate Research
MATH 172.1, 172.2, Calculus                           10
                                          Total       44

Physics Minor (6250)

This minor satisfies the Supporting endorsement for Physics.

Required Courses                                  Credits

PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1 
  General Physics                                     15
PHYS 317, 318,, Modern Physics                         8
PHYS 333, Modern Physics Laboratory                    3
MATH 172.1, 172.2, Calculus                           10
Choose one of the following:                         3-6
  PHYS 331, Laboratory Practices
    and Techniques (3)
  EET 312, Basic Electronics (4)
  PHYS 342, Thermodynamics (4)
  CHEM 381, Physical Chemistry (5)
  PHYS 393, Laboratory Experience
    in Teaching Physics AND
  SCED 324, Science Education in the
    Secondary Schools (6)
                                       Total     39-42

To be recommended for a supporting endorsement for teaching Physics, students must take PHYS 393, Laboratory Experience in Teaching Physics (2) and SCED 324, Science Education in Secondary School (4).

Physics Courses

PHYS 101. Astronomy (4). An introduction to the variety of celestial objects and the phenomena associated with them. The course will also emphasize how we know and can continue to learn about the universe. The class will meet for six hours per week for lectures, labs, and evening observation sessions. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 101.1.

PHYS 101.1. Astronomy Laboratory (1). Labs and evening observation sessions will meet once a week. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 101.

PHYS 102. Introductory Astronomy of the Solar System (4). Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 101.1.  Students taking both PHYS 101 and PHYS 102 are only required to take PHYS 101.1 a single time.  An introduction to the sun, planets and other components of the solar system emphasizing what we know and how we know it..

PHYS 103. Physics of Musical Sound (3). Basic physical principles of sound, of how musical instruments produce sound, and how humans hear music. Three lectures and two hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 103.1.

PHYS 103.1. Physics of Musical Sound Laboratory (1). Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 103.

PHYS 105. Processes in Physical Science - Physics (4). An introductory lecture-laboratory course in concepts of physics applicable to teaching in elementary school (K-6). Four class meetings and two hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 105.1.

PHYS 105.1. Processes in Physical Science - Physics Laboratory (1). Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 105.

PHYS 111, 112, 113. Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4). Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites, high school algebra and trigonometry. A broad coverage of physical topics including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, waves, and light. Four class meetings and two hours laboratory per week. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 181/181.1, 182/182.1, 183183.1. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 111.1, 112.1, 113.1.

PHYS 111.1, 112.1, 113.1. Introductory Physics Laboratory (1, 1, 1). Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 111, 112, 113.

PHYS 181, 182, 183. General Physics (4,4,4). Corequisites (or prior completion) MATH 172.1 (for PHYS 181), and MATH 172.2 (for PHYS 182). Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 181.1, 182.1, 183.1. Introduction to principles of Physics using calculus. Intended primarily for students in science and engineering disciplines. PHYS 181 emplasizes kinematics, dynamics and conservition principles; 182 emphasizes rotational dynamics, macroscopic systems and wave mechanics; 183 emphasizes electromagnetic fields and related phenomena. Formerly PHYS 211, 212, 213. Students may not receive credit for both.

PHYS 181.1, 182.1, 183.1. General Physics Laboratory (1,1,1). Introduction to the process of science primarily through experimental investigation. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 181, 182, 183. Formerly PHYS 211.1, 212.1, 213.1. Students may not receive credit for both.

PHYS 296. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

PHYS 298. Special Topics (1-6).

PHYS 301. Stellar Asrtophysics (4). Prerequisites, PHYS 101, 101.1, PHYS 317, MATH 172.2. Application of physical principles to understanding processes and phenomena associated with stars.

PHYS 317, 318. Modern Physics (4,4). Prerequisite, PHYS 113 or PHYS 183. PHYS 318 requires PHYS 317, MATH 172.2. In 317, students will learn about relativity, particle physics, and history of modern physics. In 318, students will learn about quantum physics and atomic structure. Formerly PHYS 314, 315, 316. Students may not receive credit for both.

PHYS 331. Laboratory Practices and Techniques (3). Prerequisite, PHYS 183/183.1. One class meeting and six hours laboratory per week.

PHYS 333, 334. Modern Physics Laboratory (3,3). Prerequisites or corequisites, PHYS 318, PHYS 331 or by permission. One class meeting and six hours laboratory per week.

PHYS 342. Thermodynamics (4). Prerequisite or corequisite, PHYS 318. The laws of thermodynamics and its application to macroscopic systems.

PHYS 351, 352. Analytical Mechanics (3,3). Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites, PHYS 183/183.1, MATH 272.2, MATH 376.1

PHYS 361. Computational Physics (4). Prerequisite, PHYS 351. Numerical methods of studying physical properties of realistic systems. FORTRAN, IMSL/MATH Library, and MATHEMATICA will be introduced.

PHYS 363. Physical Optics (4). Prerequisites, PHYS 183/183.1, MATH 272.2. Three class meetings and three hours laboratory per week.

PHYS 381, 382, 383. Electromagnetic Theory (4,4,4). Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites, PHYS 183/183.1, MATH 272.2, MATH 265.

PHYS 393. Laboratory Experience in Teaching Physics (2). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

PHYS 396. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

PHYS 398. Special Topics (1-6).

PHYS 474, 475. Quantum Mechanics (5,5). Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites, PHYS 318, PHYS 352. Methods of quantum mechanics and applications to physical systems. Examples from nuclear, atomic and molecular physics. Formerly PHYS 471, 472, 473. Students may not receive credit for both.

PHYS 481. Topics in Contemporary Physics (1). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

PHYS 490. Cooperative Education (1-12). An individualized contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. Prior approval required. May be repeated. Grade will be S or U.

PHYS 491. Workshop (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

PHYS 494. Undergraduate Research (2). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

PHYS 496. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

PHYS 498. Special Topics (1-6).

PHYS 499. Seminar (1). May be repeated for credit.

PHYS 595. Directed Research (1-5). Prerequisite, Permission of instructor. For graduate students. May be repeated for credit.