Southeast Missouri State University

Courses in Physics

PH106

Physical Concepts
Prerequisites: None
3 credit hours (University Studies Course)

Description

An introduction to the concepts and principles governing the natural physical world and their relation to society. Emphasis on developing an appreciation for the role of science in our life. Does not count on a major or minor. Two lectures and two hour lab.

PH109

Exploring the Universe
Prerequisites: None
3 credit hours (University Studies Course)

Description

An examination of the physical nature of planets, stars and galaxies, their interrelationships and evolutionary processes. Emphasis on the role of scientific inquiry in our present understanding of the Universe. Does not count on a minor. Two lectures and two hour lab.

PH120/020

Introductory Physics I
Prerequisites: MA133; MA134; or equivalent
5 credit hours (University Studies Class)

Description

Concepts and principles of natural phenomena, including mechanics, heat and energy, wave motion and sound, with emphasis on the investigative processes. Four lectures and one two-hour lab.

PH121

Introductory Physics II
Prerequisites: PH120/020
5 credit hours

Description

Electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Four lectures and one two-hour lab.

PH218

Physical Science: A Process Approach
Prerequisites: BS118
3 credit hours (University Studies Class)

Description

Major topics include atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical reactions and energy concepts of heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. Does not count on a major or minor. Two lectures and two hour lab.

PH230/030

General Physics I
Prerequisite: MA140
Corequisite: MA145
5 credit hours

Description

Mechanics; kinematics and dynamics of linear and rotational motion; heat and thermodynamics. Four lectures and two hour lab.

PH231/031

General Physics II
Prerequisite: PH230/030
Corequisite: MA240
5 credit hours

Description

Electricity, magnetism; wave motion and sound; geometrical and physical optics. Four lectures and two hour lab.

PH328

Energy
Prerequisite: MA134 or equivalent
3 credit hours

Description

Energy sources and energy flow in an industrialized society. Energy resources, production, conversion, and consumption. Growth of energy use and its environmental implications. Counts on a minor only. On demand.

PH341

Optics
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245
3 credit hours

Description

Geometrical and physical optics; fourier analysis; interference, diffraction, double refraction, gratings and light in matter. Spring even years.

PH345 (UI330)

Experimental Methods I
Prerequisites: Logical Systems (MA134 or higher); PH121/021 or PH231/031
3 credit hours

Description

Selected experiments in physics and engineering with emphasis on measurement system design, equipment selection, acquisition and evaluation of data and report writing. One lecture and two 2 hour labs. Fall only.

PH360

Modern Physics
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245
3 credit hours

Description

Theory of special relativity, quantum physics, atomic structure, nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Selected topics chosen from recent developments in physics. Fall only.

PH370

Mechanics
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245
3 credit hours

Description

Selected topics in Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics of particles, oscillations, gravitation, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central-force motion, noninertial reference frames, and rigid-body dynamics. Fall even years.

PH371

Electormagnetics
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245
3 credit hours

Description

Electric fields, potentail and dielectrics; magnetic fields, magnetic properties of matter; Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Fall odd years.

PH400

Topics in Physics and Engineering
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245; or permission of instructor
3 credit hours

Description

Study of subject matter not included in the regular departmental curriculum. Course title will vary. Format may include lectures, labs, seminars, or other forums as required by the specific course.

PH445

Experimental Methods II
Prerequisites: PH345
3 credit hours

Description

Advanced experiments in physics and engineering with empahsis on measurement system design, equipment selection, acquisition and evaluation of data and written and oral reporting. One lecture and two 2 hour labs. Spring only.

PH473

Quantum Mechanics
Prerequisites: PH231, MA245
3 credit hours

Description

The fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics and their applications to selected systems. Topics include one-dimensional systems, perturbation theory, three-dimensional systems, angular momenta, one-electron atom, Hartree-Fock formalism, variational principles and quantum theory of scattering. Spring odd years.

PH475-76

Literature of Physics
Prerequisites: Consent of Department Chairperson
1-2 credit hours

Description

Intensive study of sources of physics literature by students doing a literature search on a selected topic in physics.

PH477

Physics Seminar
Prerequisites: PH121/021 or PH231/031
1 credit hour

Description

Presentations and discussions by faculty and students on recent topics encountered in reading or research.

PH478-79

Undergraduate Research
Prerequisites: Consent of department chairperson
1-2 credit hours

Description

Original research for sutdents demonstrating superior ability.

PH490-91

Independent Study in Phyiscs
Prerequisites: Consent of department chairperson
1-2 credit hours

Description

Individual studies on selected topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

PH550

National Physics Programs
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245; or consent of instructor
3 credit hours

Description

Study of pre-college physics crricula based on nationally developed programs. Familiarization withe lecture, laboratory, audiovisual, and reference materials. Use of microcomputers. Two lectures and two hour lab. On demand.

PH570

Mathematical Physics
Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA350; or consent of instuctor
3 credit hours

Description

Selected topics in vector analysis, coordinate transformations, Fourier series, Legendre and Bessel functions, and partial differential equations. Emphasis on practical applications in physics. Spring even years.

UI330 (PH345)

Experimental Methods in Physics and Engineering I
Prerequisites: Logical Systems (MA134 or higher); PH121/021 or PH231/031
3 credit hours

Description

Selected experiments in physics and engineering with emphasis on measurement system design, equipment selection, acquisition and evaluation of data, and report writing. One lecture and two two-hour labs. Fall only. (University studies course)

UI378

Physics of Star Trek
Prerequisites: Written Expression (EN140 or PL115), Oral Expression, Physical Systems (one of the following: PH106, PH109 or higher, CH180, CH181, CH185 or higher), and Logical Systems (MA134 or higher).
3 credit hour

Description

How the universe as we know it compares with the universe of Star Trek and other popular science fiction. (University studies course)

UI450 (EP481)

Capstone Experience
Prerequisites: Completion of the University Studies Core Curriculum and senior standing in one of the disciplines for the particular section. Additional prerequisites may be required for particular sections.
3 credit hour

Description

Group-based solution of open-ended problems based on "real world" scenarios requiring interaction among students with diverse training.

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