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  • Course description
     PHYSICS

    Students who major in physics develop competency in using scientific methodology: in creating mathematical models of real-world systems, manipulating these models to obtain predictions of the system's behavior, and testing the model's predictions against the observed real-world behavior. Mechanical, electro- magnetic, thermodynamic, and atomic/molecular systems are among those with which students become familiar in the building and testing of theoretical models. Problem-solving and quantitative reasoning are among the skills which are developed.

    For the B.A. DEGREE, students majoring in physics normally take the following courses:

          Fundamental Physics I and II
          Modern Physics
          Electronics Laboratory
          Classical Mechanics
          Electricity and Magnetism I and II
          Quantum Physics I
          Calculus I, II, and III
          Differential Equations
          Physics Comprehensive Exam

    For the B.S. degree, additional courses required are:

          Quantum Physics II
          Advanced Physics Laboratory
          Statistical Mechanics in Thermodynamics

    A minor in physics requires the completion of five physics courses with a grade of C- or better, of which at least three are numbered above PH 242.

    An example of a program of courses leading to a B.S. in physics:

    FRESHMAN

          Calculus I and II
          Fundamental Physics I and II

    SOPHOMORE

          Calculus III
          Differential Equations
          Modern Physics
          Electronics Laboratory

    JUNIOR

          Electricity and Magnetism I and II
          Classical Mechanics
          Advanced Physics Laboratory

    SENIOR

          Quantum Physics I and II
          Statistical Mechanics in Thermodynamics
          Linear Algebra (or other math elective)
          Physics Comprehensive Exam

    In addition, physics majors are expected to enroll in the Physics Seminar during their Junior and Senior years. This course meets once per week and one course credit is given for four semesters participation.

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