Physics

Physics is the science dealing with energy, matter and their interactions.

Physics 141

Introductory Physics I with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Math 111 or Math 110. Elementary course covering the principles of mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Methods of calculus are introduced and used where appropriate. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Physics 142

Introductory Physics II with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Physics 141. Optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Physics 151

General Physics: Mechanics with Laboratory 

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Co-requisite: Mathematics 112. A calculus-based introductory course covering mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Physics 152

General Physics: Electricty, Magnetism, and Optics with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Physics 151. A continuation of Physics 151 covering electricity, magnetism, and geometric and wave optics. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Physics 253

Modern Physics with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisites: Math 112 and either Physics 142 or 152. Special theory of relativity, wave and particle properties of electromagnetic radiation and matter, introduction to quantum mechanics, Schrodinger equation, atomic models, and simple molecules. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Physics 380R

Special Topics in Physics

On demand. Variable credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Physics 397R

Directed Study

On demand. Variable credit. Prerequisite: At least one course in physics and permission of instructor.

Physics 399R

Undergraduate Research

On demand. Variable credit. Prerequisite: At least one course in physics and permission of instructor. For students who want to participate in physics research with an Oxford College physics faculty member acting as research director.