Course Descriptions

A student may not earn credit in both PHYS 2010 or in both PHYS 2020 and 2120.  Credit will not be given for both PHYS 1310 and any of the above courses.

PHYS (CSC, MATH) 1020.  First-Year Connections

Rec. 2. Credit 1.
This course is intended as a bridge course for students entering TTU from high school.  The course is designed to strengthen the student's connection to TTU, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the appropriate department (CSC, MATH, or PHYS) by focusing on the enhancement of skills needed for academic success.  This course engages the student in meaningful academic and non-academic out-of-the-classroom activities, as learning occurs both in and out of the classroom.  It emphasizes critical thinking, the formation of academic and social goals and support groups, and time-management and study skills.

PHYS 1100.  Acoustics of Music

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  Background knowledge of high school algebra and geometry.  Physical principles of sound as it relates to music; acoustics of musical instruments; auditorium acoustics and sound reinforcement; sound recording and reproduction.  This course will not count as part of a physics sequence.

♦PHYS 1310.  Concepts of Physics.

Lec. 2. Lab. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  One semester of college-level mathematics (numbered 1000 or higher) and background knowledge of high school algebra and geometry.  Selected topics from classical and modern physics with applications to familiar phenomena, including the environment.  This course will not count as part of a physics sequence.

PHYS 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904.  Special Topics in Physics and Physics Education.

Lec. 0-3. Lab. 0-3. Credit 1-4.
Prerequisites:  Consent of chair and instructor.  (Up to 6 credits may be earned under this course title.)  Topics covered will be chosen on the basis of student interest and need.

♦PHYS 2010.  Algebra-based Physics I.

Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Credit 4.
Prerequisite:  Background knowledge of high school algebra and geometry.  Basic laws of classical mechanics, waves amd heat with elementary applications to familiar phenomena.

♦PHYS 2020.  Algebra-based Physics II.

Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Credit 4.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 2010.  Basic laws of electromagnetism and light with elementary applications; brief introduction to modern physics.

♦PHYS 2110.  Calculus-based Physics I.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  MATH 1920 (May be taken concurrently).  Introduction to classical mechanics, mechanical waves.

♦PHYS 2111.  Calculus-based Physics Laboratory I.

Lab. 3. Credit 1.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 2110 (May be taken concurrently).  Experiments in classical mechanics, mechanical waves.

PHYS 2112.  General Physics I Honors Recitation.

Rec. 1. Credit 0.
Co-requisite:  PHYS 2110.  Selected topics to add depth to the understanding of material in PHYS 2110.  Honors students can receive honors credit for PHYS 2110 by satisfactorily completing this course and obtaining a grade of A or B in PHYS 2110.

♦PHYS 2120.  Calculus-based Physics II.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 2110 and either MATH 2110 or MATH 2120 (MATH 2110 or MATH 2120 may be taken concurrently).  Introduction to classical electromagnetism and optics.

♦PHYS 2121.  Calculus-based Physics Laboratory II.

Lab. 3. Credit 1.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 2111, PHYS 2120 (PHYS 2120 may be taken concurrently).  Experiments in classical electromagnetism and optics.

PHYS 2420.  Modern Physics.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 2120.  Introduction to modern physics.  Topics include special relativity, quantum theory of light, wave nature of matter, Bohr's theory of the atom, quantum mechaics in one dimension.  Selected topics from atomic, moledular, solid state, nuclear and particle physics.

PHYS 2920.  Mathematical Physics.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Corequisite:  PHYS 2120 and MATH 2110 (Both may be taken concurrently).  Mathematical methods for classical and modern physics.  Selected topics from vector analysis, complex analysis and vector spaces, with emphasis on applications to physical systems.

PHYS 3120.  Statistical Thermal Physics.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisites:  PHYS 2420, 2920, and MATH 2120.  Development of the laws of thermodynamics using statistical mechanics.

PHYS 3610.  Classical Mechanics.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisites:  PHYS 2920 and MATH 2120.  Theoretical development of classical mechanics, including Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian descriptions.

PHYS 3810.  Quantum Mechanics I.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisites:  PHYS 2420, PHYS 2920, and MATH 4510 (MATH 4510 may be taken concurrently.)  Introduction to principles of quantum mechanics.

PHYS 3820.  Quantum Mechanics II.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 3810.  Application of quantum mechanics to simple systems.

PHYS 4120.  Advanced Modern Physics.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite:  PHYS 3820.  Applications of quantum mechanics to selected topics from atomic physics, molecular physics, solid state physics, nuclear and particle physics, and astrophysics.

PHYS 4610.  Classical Electricity and Magnetism I.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisites:  PHYS 2120, PHYS 2920 and MATH 4510 (MATH 4510 may be taken concurrently).  Theory of electrostatics, electrodynamics, Maxwell's Equations, boundary value problems.

PHYS 4620.  Classical Electricity and Magnetism II.

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisites:  PHYS 4610 and PHYS 2420 (PHYS 2420 may be taken concurrently).  Applications of Maxwell's Equations to electromagnetic waves and other phenomena.  Relativistic electrodynamics.

PHYS 4710-4720.  Advanced Experimental Physics.

Lab. 8. Credit 4.
Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.  The student will perform selected experiments in classical and modern physics.  Emphasis will be placed on computer-based data analysis and development of appropriate oral and written presentation techniques.

PHYS 4900.  Selected Topics in Physics.

Credit 1 to 4.
(Up to 8 credits may be earned under this course title).
Topics covered will be chosen on the basis of student interest and need.

PHYS 5900.  Selected Topics in Physics.

Credit 3, 6, 9.
Topics covered will be chosen on the basis of student interest and need.

♦Meets Tennessee Technological University and Tennessee Board of Regents minimum degree requirements.

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