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PHY 1101 | PHY 1102 | PHY 1103 | PHY 1110 | PHY 1111 | PHY 1121 | PHY 1122 | PHY 1123 | PHY 1135 | PHY 1140 | PHY 1142 | PHY 1143 | PHY 1145 | PHY 1150 | PHY 1910 | PHY 2010 | PHY 2321 | PHY 2567 | PHY 2568 | PHY 3010 | PHY 3311 | PHY 3312 | PHY 3313 | PHY 3315 | PHY 3340 | PHY 3401 | PHY 3841 | PHY 4242 | PHY 4311 | PHY 4315 | PHY 4340 | PHY 4342 | PHY 4391 | PHY 4441 | PHY 4491 | PHY 4501 | PHY 4502 | PHY 4510 | PHY 4511 | PHY 4512 | PHY 4513 | PHY 4899 | PHY 4900 | PHY 4905 | PHY 4930 | PHY 4940 | PHY 4950 | PHY 4970 | VIEW ALL
PHY 1101: General Physics (5) Offerings
The first quarter of a general introduction to physics, intended for biology and premed majors. Covers mechanics.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1102: General Physics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1101. The second quarter of a general introduction to physics, intended for biology and premed majors. Covers heat, sound, fluids, electricity and magnetism.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1103: General Physics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1102. The third quarter of a general introduction to physics, intended for biology and premed majors. Covers light, atomic, molecular and nuclear physics.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1110: Intro to the Nature of Science (5) Offerings
Provides a lecture, demonstration and discussion course in the physical sciences. Examines the scientific method in light of what it does and does not do. Covers selected scientific concepts and theories, drawing most of the examples from the field of physics. Not recommended for students with more than one high school science course.
Equivalent Courses:CHM 1110 Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1111: University Scholars Physics (5) Offerings
A general introduction to physics, intended for students in the University Scholars program. The course will cover Planetary motion, Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, relativity and quantam mechanics. Special emphasis will be given to historical relationships and the effects on current Western thought. Four class sessions and one laboratory each week.
PHY 1121: Physics for Sci & Engineering (0,5) Offerings
Prerequisite: MAT 1234 may be taken concurrently. The first quarter of an introduction to physics using calculus. Covers mechanics. Lectures and laboratory each week.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1122: Physics for Sci & Engineering (0,5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1121 and MAT 1234. The second quarter of an introduction to physics using calculus. Covers gravitation, oscillations, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, waves and electrostatics. Lectures and laboratory each week.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1123: Physics for Sci & Engineering (0,5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1122. The third quarter of an introduction to physics using calculus. Covers electricity, magnetism and optics. Lectures and laboratory each week.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1135: Astronomy:Individual & Univers (5) Offerings
An integrative general introduction to astronomy, including astronomical observation and measurement, the solar system, extragalactic phenomena and cosmology. Includes the scientific method and worldview implications. (Not recommended for students who have taken NMS 1110).
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1140: Physics of Sound (5) Offerings
Fundamentals of simple harmonic motion, nature of sound, transmission and reception of sound, pitch, quality, loudness, musical intervals, diatonic equal tempered scales, musical instruments, acoustics of instruments, acoustics of buildings, modern research in sound and acoustics.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1142: Earth System Science (5) Offerings
An interdisciplinary introduction to the processes, interactions and development of the earth's biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. Special emphasis will be given to current environmental issues and environmental stewardship.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1143: Topics in Global Climate (5) Offerings
This is an inquiry-based learning course. The Earth system and the relation between the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere will be explored through studying various events that affect or are affected by climate change. Topics will be drawn from Earth and climate-related issues including, but not limited to, climate in the Holocene era, ice sheets, volcanoes and stratospheric ozone. Students will appreciate how events do not occur in isolation on Earth, but that an event in any of Earth's systems will have effects on all of Earth's systems and that conscientious stewardship of Earth and its resources is needed. Most of the course material will be delivered online. There will be five class meetings at SPU.
PHY 1145: Oceanography (5) Offerings
An integrative introductory course covering physical, geological, chemical and biological oceanography. Includes consideration of epistemology and current research methods.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1150: Introduction to Geology (5) Offerings
Surveys geology including identification and origin of rocks and minerals, the processes of forming the present state of the earth, interpretation of geologic features and of the human impact on landscape. Laboratory experiences and/or field trips emphasized.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 1910: Special Topics in Physics Semn (1) Offerings
Prerequisites: One of the following must be taken concurrently: PHY 1101, 1102, 1103, 1121, 1122, 1123. Provides a direct study of current problems and research areas in physics such as astrophysics, chaos and complexity, particles and fields, and relativity. May be repeated for credit 2 times.
PHY 2010: Physics MCAT Preparation (1) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1103 or 1123. This course is intended to augment the introductory physics courses in the specific physics topics which are covered on the MCAT examination. Faculty will serve as resources for a student-directed review of prior MCAT examinations.
PHY 2321: Intermediate Physics (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: MAT 3237 and either PHY 1103 or 1123. (MAT 3237 may be taken concurrently). Introduction to the physics of the 20th century: relativity, waves and quanta with applications to areas of contemporary physics such as atoms, nuclei, particles and solids.
PHY 2567: Devlp Concpts Physcl Science I (3) Offerings
The first in a two-course sequence, this course is a laboratory-based study of selected topics in physical science, including properties, structures, and changes of matter; and kinetic theory. Emphasis is on depth of understanding, cultivation of scientific reasoning skills, and development of pedagogical content knowledge. Provides inquiry-based instruction guided by results from research in science education, cognitive science, and the professional development of teachers. The course is a standards-based preparation for teaching K-8 physical science. In addition teaching strategies suitable for K-8 education will be modeled.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 2568: Devlp Concpt Physcl Science II (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 2567. The second in a two-course sequence, this course is a laboratory-based study of selected topics in physical science, including force and motion; energy transfer and transformation; and patterns in earth and space systems. Emphasis is on depth of understanding, cultivation of scientific reasoning skills, and development of pedagogical content knowledge. Provides inquiry-based instruction guided by results from research in science education, cognitive science, and the professional development of teachers. The course is a standards-based preparation for teaching K-8 physical science. In addition, teaching strategies for K-8 education will be modeled.
Attributes:Natural Science B
PHY 3010: Contmpary Iss in Physcl Sci Ed (2) Offerings
This course will explore a variety of issues in science education. Students will read seminal articles in science education literature. This course is designed to give students a better understanding of the pedagogical strategies they may be currently using as learning assistants. Students will also be encouraged to consider the vocational calling to teaching in a variety of contexts.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 3311: Advanced Physics Lab (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1103 or 1123, may be taken concurrently. Laboratory applications of electronics and instrumentation. Special emphasis will be given to experimental automation and data analysis using LabView.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
PHY 3312: Advanced Physics Lab (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 3311. Provides an integrated advanced laboratory course including experiments in optics, solid state physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
PHY 3313: Advanced Physics Lab (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 3312. Provides an integrated advanced laboratory course including experiments in optics, solid state physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
PHY 3315: Electricity and Magnetism I (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: MAT 3237 and (PHY 1103 or PHY 1123). The first of a two-course sequence, this course studies electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary conditions, electromagnetic waves, and introduction to applications such as skin effect, reflections, waveguides, antennas and optics.
Equivalent Courses:EE 3315 Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 3340: Quantum Mechanics I (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 2321 and MAT 3237. The first of a two-course sequence, this course studies basic wave mechanics, quantum mechanical operators, dynamics of the wave function, traveling waves, and bound states.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 3401: Thermodynamics (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: MAT 3237, and either PHY 1103 or PHY 1123. Studies, at the macroscopic level, equilibrium properties of matter, conservation laws, equations of state and transformations of state for systems in which temperature is an appropriate variable. Considers engineering applications. Extra fee.
Equivalent Courses:CHM 3401, EGR 3401 Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 3841: Dynamics (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: MAT 2401, 3237 and PHY 1101 or 1121. Study of vectorial treatment of Newton's laws for undamped and damped linear, rotational and vibrational motion in several coordinate systems. Includes solving problems for particles and rigid bodies using energy, momentum and angular momentum conservation laws. Extra fee.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4242: Atmospheric Science (2-5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 1103 or 1123, and MAT 3237. Studies structure and composition of the atmosphere, radiative and convective processes: dynamics and distribution of the atmosphere; cloud physics; introduction to climatology and the upper atmosphere. Offered on demand. May not be repeated.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4311: Optics and Lasers (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1103 or 1123. General theory of geometrical optics, physical optics, fiber optics and optical devices. Lectures and laboratory each week. Offered alternate years.
Equivalent Courses:EE 4311 Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4315: Electricity and Magnetism II (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 3315. The second of a two-course sequence, this course continues the study of electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary conditions, electromagnetic waves, and is an introduction to applications such as skin effect, reflections, waveguides, antennas and optics. Includes computer and laboratory experiments.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4340: Quantum Mechanics II (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 3340. The second of a two-course sequence, this course is a continuation of the study of basic wave mechanics, quantum mechanical operators, dynamics of the wave functions, traveling waves, and bound states.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4342: Atomic Physics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 4341. Studies the hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, one-electron atoms, fine and hyperfine structure. Explores Zeeman and Stark effects. Introduction to multi-electron atoms. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4391: Nuclear & Particle Physics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 4341 or permission of instructor. Study of the fundamental interactions and elementary particles, resonance states and nuclei. Emphasis on invariance principles, conservation laws and simple applications of quantum theories and the theory of special relativity. Discussion of experimental methods including particle detectors and accelerators. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4441: Statistical Physics (3-5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 3401. Studies classical and quantum statistical mechanics, Bose and Fermi statistics and applications to physical systems. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4491: Solid State Physics (2-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 2321. Focuses on lattice statics and dynamics, electrons and Fermi surfaces, transport phenomena, semiconductors and superconductivity. Offered alternate years.
Equivalent Courses:EE 4491 Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4501: Physics:A Process of Inquiry I (5) Offerings
Laboratory-based study of selected topics in physics and physical science, with emphasis on depth of understanding and cultivation of essential scientific and reasoning skills. Inquiry-based instruction guided by results from research in physics education and the professional development of teachers. Preparation for teaching physics or physical science in middle school and high school. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
PHY 4502: Physics:Process of Inquiry II (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1103 or 1123 or instructor approval. Laboratory-based study of selected topics in physics, with emphasis on depth of understanding and cultivation of essential scientific and reasoning skills. Inquiry-based instruction guided by results from research in physics education and the professional development of teachers. Preparation for teaching physics at secondary school and introductory college levels. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
PHY 4510: Prepare Tchng Physical Science (1-3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 1101 or 1121 or 2567. This is an inquiry-based learning course. Provides preparation for teaching physical science using instructional materials that have been guided by results from physics education research. Includes supervised teaching practicum. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4511: Preparatn forTchg UG Mechanics (1-3) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 1103 or 1123. Preparation for teaching physics using instructional materials that have been guided by results from physics education research. Includes supervised teaching practicum. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4512: Prep Tchg UG Electromagnetism (1-3) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 1103 or 1123. Preparation for teaching electromagnetism using instructional materials that have been guided by results from physics education research. Includes supervised teaching practicum. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
PHY 4513: Preprtn Tchg UG Waves & Optics (1-3) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 1102 or 1122. Preparation for teaching waves and optics using instructional materials that have been guided by results from physics education research. Includes supervised teaching practicum. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
PHY 4899: Natural Sciences Seminar (1) Offerings
Prerequisite: PHY 2321. A capstone experience for seniors that explores current natural sciences topics in an interdisciplinary setting. Seminars addressing current research advances, ethical issues in science or the intersection of science, vocation and Christian faith are presented by faculty, students and guest scholars. Discussion and reflection incorporate appropriate readings. A minimum of two quarters of seminar must be completed during the senior year to fulfill the senior capstone requirement. May be repeated for credit up to 3 credits.
Equivalent Courses:CHM 4899, BIO 4899 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Physics Majors only. Senior students only.
PHY 4900: Independent Study (1-5) Offerings
Student works independently with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4905: Independent Study in Physics (1-5) Offerings
The area of study to be mutually agreed upon by the student and a physics faculty member. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PHY 4930: Physics Practicum (1-5) Offerings
Physics Practicum May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
PHY 4940: Internship in Physics (1-5) Offerings
Provides a significant learning experience to be obtained in a closely supervised work-study program. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PHY 4950: Special Topics in Physics (1-5) Offerings
An advanced course studying a special interest topic in physics and physical science. Topics and credits may vary between offerings. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Mathematics, Physics Majors only. Freshman students are excluded.
PHY 4970: Senior Project Laboratory (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PHY 3313 and senior standing. Independent research directed toward satisfaction of requirement of senior project for graduation with major in physics. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Junior, Sophomore students are excluded.



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