Physics, BA

Core Course Requirements

CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4 Credits)

Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Meets the general education laboratory science requirement. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.) Corequisite: CHEM 111L

ENGR101 Introduction to Engineering (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to engineering. Students will study the history of engineering, explore various engineering disciplines and scientific principles behind engineering, engage in design and problem solving processes, and learn safety procedures. Students also practice decision-making, teamwork, and effective communication through key projects. Meets the general education foundation of liberal arts requirement. (Offered fall semester.)

ENGR110 Introduction to Programming (3 Credits)

The course introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific and engineering programming. Topics include algorithms and data types, control structures, functions, arrays, files, and the mechanics of running, testing, debugging and problem solving. A high-level language such as Python or C++ will be used. (Offered spring semester.)

ENGR230 Electrical Circuits (4 Credits)

Direct-current circuits; circuit elements; Kirchoff

MATH115 Calculus I (4 Credits)

The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced. Meets the general education quantitative reasoning requirement. Prerequisite: MATH 111 or equivalent background. (Offered fall semester.)

MATH116 Calculus II (4 Credits)

Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions. Prerequisite: MATH 115. (Offered spring semester.)

MATH217 Multivariable Calculus (3 Credits)

The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 116. (Offered fall semester.)

MATH218 Differential Equations (3 Credits)

First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: MATH 116. (Offered fall semester.)

PHYS200 University Physics I (4 Credits)

A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton

PHYS210 University Physics II (4 Credits)

Continuation of PHYS 200 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell

PHYS220 University Physics III (4 Credits)

The third semester of the introductory physics sequence as required by physics and engineering majors. Topics covered include introduction to relativity, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, condensed matter, nuclear physics, the standard models of particle physics, the standard cosmological model, and new frontiers of physics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 210 Corequisite: PHYS 220L (Offered fall semester.)

PHYS311 Electricity and Magnetism (4 Credits)

An intermediate course that is basic for graduate work in physics. Topics covered include direct and alternating current circuits, static electric and magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 210. (Offered spring of even calendar years.)

PHYS324 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

An intermediate course on quantum mechanics using matrix formalism and operator methods; quantum states of photons and electrons, measurement, angular momentum and rotation, two-particle systems and entanglement, time evolution, harmonic oscillator, wave mechanics in three dimension. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 220. Corequisite: PHYS 324L. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)

Choose 2 ENGR or 1 PHYS

- Choose ENGR 250 and ENGR 260 (Courses Required: 2)
- Choose PHYS 318 (Courses Required: 1)

ENGR250 Statics (3 Credits)

A study of vector forces and their analysis, equilibrium of particles and of rigid bodies, structural analysis and internal forces, distributed forces, center of gravity and centroids. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENGR 101 and PHYS 200. ENGR 250 and PHYS 200 may be taken concurrently. (Offered fall semester.)

ENGR260 Dynamics (3 Credits)

This course builds on concepts introduced in prior coursework in static systems. It considers the mathematical description of rigid bodies in motion under the action of forces, moments and couples, solving problems of kinematics and kinetics for particles and rigid bodies using energy, momentum, and angular momentum conservation laws. It also introduces Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENGR 250. (Offered spring semester.)

PHYS318 Analytical Mechanics (4 Credits)

The motion of a particle and a system of particles as described by Newtonian mechanics are studied. Vector algebra and vector calculus are used. Velocity dependent forces, central forces, oscillatory motion, rigid body motion, and moving coordinate frames are typical topics. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 220, MATH 217, and MATH 218. PHYS 220 and PHYS 318 may be taken concurrently. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)

Choose One

- Choose PHYS 321, CHEM 321, CHEM 322, or ENGR 308 (Courses Required: 1)

CHEM321 Physical Chemistry I (4 Credits)

An introduction to the basic principles of theoretical chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics and kinetics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHEM 112, MATH 115, and PHYS210. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.) Corequisite: CHEM 321L.

CHEM322 Physical Chemistry II (4 Credits)

A quantitative understanding of atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics is presented through the applications of introductory quantum mechanics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: MATH 217, MATH 218, CIST 140, and PHYS 200. Corequisite: CHEM 322L. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

ENGR308 Engineering Thermodynamics (3 Credits)

Introduction to the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties and the first and second law analysis of systems and control volumes. Integration of these concepts into the analysis of basic power cycles is introduced. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENGR 240 and PHYS 220. ENGR 308 and PHYS 220 may be taken concurrently. (Offered fall semester.)

PHYS321 Statistical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Equilibrium thermodynamics, the first law, equations of state, changes of state, the second law, criteria for spontaneity, electrochemistry, and applications to chemical and physical systems. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 220. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)

Choose One

- Choose PHYS 403 or ENGR 402 (Courses Required: 1)

ENGR402 Senior Design II (3 Credits)

Student teams continue to implement and refine the prototype design from ENGR 401. This substantive project demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broad comprehensive knowledge of related disciplines and methodologies. Teams author detailed technical manuals. Periodic progress reports and final presentations are required, as well as multimedia portfolios of major projects the students have finished. Meets the general education senior seminar and upper division writing intensive requirements. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENGR 360 and ENGR 401. ENGR 360 and ENGR 402 may be taken concurrently. (Offered spring semester.)

PHYS403 Advanced Physics Lab (3 Credits)

Laboratory applications of upper level physics in one of Greenville's labs. Special emphasis will be given to developing skills to conduct experiments and use of instrumentation, automation, and data analysis. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 220. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

Choose One

- Choose PHYS 409 or ENGR 401 (Courses Required: 1)

ENGR401 Senior Design I (2 Credits)

A culminating experience for majors. Student teams begin a system level design of a project (a nondisclosure agreement may be required). Projects are selected from a variety of topics. Students provide detailed schedules for building prototype systems and present periodic progress reports. During the course, students produce a technical specification, undergo several design reviews, and design a prototype system. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in ENGR 240 and ENGR 352. ENGR 352 and ENGR 401 may be taken concurrently. (Offered fall semester.)

PHYS409 Seminar in Physics (2 Credits)

Students are engaged in discussions on contemporary issues in physics and/or the issues related to the integration between faith and science. Written reports are required. This course is to be taken by all physics majors in either the junior or senior year. Prerequisite: Attainment of junior standing. Cross-Listed as: ENGR 409. (Offered every semester.)

Choose an UD Math

(Courses Required: 1)

MATH301 Probability And Statistics (4 Credits)

Treatment of probability applied to discrete and continuous distributions; tests of hypotheses; independence and correlation; sampling theory. Prerequisite: MATH 217. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)

MATH302 Non-Euclidean Geometry & History (4 Credits)

Includes an introduction to history of mathematics, particularly contributions of Greek scholars; study of Euclid 's elements; transition to Non-Euclidean geometrics developed by Gauss, Bolyai, Lobachevski, and Riemann; history of calculus and mathematical structures. Prerequisite: MATH 217. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)

MATH304 Applied Mathematics (4 Credits)

Provides an experience in the uses of mathematics. Use and development of mathematical models will be considered. Topics will range from applications in the social sciences to physics and engineering. The choice of material will be based on current trends in mathematics applications and on students' needs. Prerequisite: MATH 217, MATH 218 and MATH 312. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)

MATH306 Numerical Analysis (4 Credits)

Introduces basic theory in the numerical solution of mathematical problems. Topics include nonlinear equations, systems of linear equations, interpolating polynomials, numerical differentiation, integration, and solution of differential equations. Prerequisite: CIST 210, MATH 217, MATH 218 and MATH 312. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)

MATH308 Abstract Algebra (4 Credits)

Axiomatic treatment of selected algebraic structures, including rings, integral domains, fields and groups, including an introduction to number theory. Prerequisite: MATH 312. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

MATH312 Linear Algebra (4 Credits)

This course is designed to give the mathematics student his or her first serious encounter with mathematical systems. Elements of the theory of vector spaces are developed. The student gains experience in matrix algebra, vectors, and linear transformations. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: MATH 115. (Offered spring semester.)

MATH319 Intro to Real Analysis (4 Credits)

The language, fundamental concepts, and standard theorems of analysis are explored. The student learns to read the literature and investigates applications. Ideas from elementary calculus are revisited. Prerequisite: MATH 217 and MATH 312. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)

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