Physics Courses

  • PHYS 102: Introduction to Engineering Design (2)
    Prerequisite: ACT Math Score of 17 or higher; OR ACCUPLACER Math Score of 85 or higher; OR Successful completion of MATH 097

    This course serves as an introduction to engineering design and should be taken by all students who have elected to pursue the pre-engineering curriculum at Adams State University or who have an interest in exploring engineering as a career. Students will be engaged in the design process throughout the entire course. Using the LEGO Mechanical Engineering Set and the LEGO RCX Brick, students will learn about mechanical systems and design solutions to specific problems

  • PHYS 201: Introduction to Astronomy (4)

    An introductory course in astronomy including historical astronomy, solar system astronomy, the life cycle of stars, the structure of the galaxy, telescope usage, identification of constellations, the apparent motion of celestial objects as seen from Earth, and other topics as time permits. Lab activities are an essential component of the course. Students are required to attend a minimum of two evening viewing sessions during the semester.

  • PHYS 210: Computer Aided Drafting (3)

    This course examines the drafting/design field of mechanically oriented objects. Topics include multi-view drawings, sectioning, auxiliary views, exploded assemblies, working drawings, isometric drawings, oblique drawings, and illustration techniques, and each will be presented within the framework of computer aided drafting and design. No drafting experience is required or assumed. Some freehand drawing and sketching may be covered. This course may require additional laboratory time outside of class

  • PHYS 225: College Physics I (5)
    Prerequisite: Math 107 or higher

    The first course of a two-semester lecture/laboratory sequence introducing the fundamental principles of physics. In the first semester, students will be introduced to the areas of kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, heat, and sound. Conceptual understanding as well as problem solving techniques will be emphasized in the lecture. Laboratory sections meet for two hours each week and the exercises performed in the laboratory coincide closely with the topics presented in the lecture.

  • PHYS 226: College Physics II (5)
    Prerequisite: Phys 225 minimum grade C

    The second course of a two-semester lecture/laboratory sequence introducing the fundamental principles of physics. In this second semester, students will be introduced to the areas of electricity, magnetism, electric circuits, optics, and topics in modern physics. Conceptual understanding as well as problem solving techniques will be emphasized in the lecture. The laboratory sections meet for two hours each week and the exercises performed in the laboratory coincide closely with the topics presented in the lecture.

  • PHYS 230: General Physics I (Lecture) (4)
    Prerequisite: Math 120 minimum grade C

    A calculus-based study of the fundamental principles and concepts of mechanics, sound, and heat. Designed for students planning additional course work in chemistry, physics, engineering, or mathematics. The laboratory (PHYS 231) must be taken concurrently.

  • PHYS 231: General Physics I (Laboratory) (1)
    Co-requisite: Phys 230

    One two-hour laboratory per week with lab projects that coincide with the lecture material in Physics 230. A calculus-based treatment of data will be required for some lab projects. The laboratory experience provides a vital link for students in their development of an ability to apply mathematics to simple systems, allowing them to analyze the system for a theoretical behavior and to account for the errors which give them the observed behavior.

  • PHYS 232: General Physics II (Lecture) (4)
    Prerequisite: Phys 230 minimum grade C

    A calculus-based study of the fundamental principles and concepts of electricity, magnetism, and light. Designed for students planning additional course work in chemistry, physics, engineering, or mathematics. The laboratory (PHYS 233) must be taken concurrently. Note that there is no coverage of topics in "modern physics" (i.e. special relativity, quantum mechanics, etc.).

  • PHYS 233: General Physics II (Laboratory) (1)
    Co-requisite: Phys 232

    One two-hour laboratory per week with lab projects that coincide with the lecture material in Physics 232. A calculus-based treatment of data will be required for some lab projects. The laboratory experience provides a vital link for students in their development of an ability to apply mathematics to simple systems, allowing them to analyze the system for a theoretical behavior and to account for the errors which give them the observed behavior.

  • PHYS 242: Statics (3)
    Prerequisite: Phys 230 minimum grade C

    An application of translational and rotational equilibrium of physical structures. A few fundamental principles will be used to analyze and solve problems in a logical manner. Vector algebra is introduced and is used throughout the course.

  • PHYS 243: Dynamics (3)
    Prerequisite: Phys 242 minimum grade C

    A one, two, and three dimensional study of the kinematics and dynamics of point particles, rigid-bodies, and systems of particles using the fundamental principles of classical mechanics. The emphasis is on the development of logical problem-solving techniques using both deductive and inductive reasoning. Calculus and vector algebra are used extensively.

  • PHYS 244: Electric Circuits (3)
    Prerequisite: Phys 232 minimum grade C and Math 220 minimum grade C

    A development of the concepts used to analyze DC and AC circuits. Topics will include Kirchoff's Voltage and Current Laws, series-parallel networks, mesh analysis, network theorems (DC and AC), and resonance circuit analysis. Mathematical techniques such as determinants and Gaussian elimination are developed as needed. This is a problem solving class and no laboratory work is associated with the class

  • PHYS 300: Electronics and Electrical Measurement (3)
    Prerequisite: Phys 226 minimum grade C OR Phys 232 minimum grade C

    A combined lecture and laboratory course in electronics consisting of 4 laboratory contact hours and 1 lecture contact hour per week.. The course is a study in operational amplifiers, TTL integrated circuits, microprocessors and computer interfacing. The focus is on applications and circuit design. Offered in the fall of even years

  • PHYS 302: Mechanics (4)
    Prerequisite: Phys 232 minimum grade C AND Math 327 minimum grade C

    Advanced study of the laws of motion using Newtonian mechanics, an introduction to Hamilton's principle and Lagrangian dynamics. Topics include systems of particles, linear and driven oscillators, central force motion, motion in non-inertial reference frames, and dynamics of rigid bodies. Offered spring of odd years

  • PHYS 304: Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: Phys 232 minimum grade C AND Math 327 minimum grade C

    Advanced theory and application of electrostatics and magnetostatics; steady currents; scalar and vector potentials; Gauss' Law, Laplace's equation; Ampère's and Faraday's laws. This course is offered during the fall semester of odd years.

  • PHYS 306: Modern Physics (4)
    Prerequisite: Phys 232 minimum grade C AND Chem 132 minimum grade C AND Math 121 minimum grade C

    A survey of topics in modern physics including: special relativity, properties of electromagnetic radiation, and introduction to quantum mechanics with applications to barriers and atoms. Additional topics vary from year to year and may include statistical mechanics, solid state physics, properties of nuclei and their transformations, natural and induced radioactivity, and elementary particles. Offered spring semesters of even years.

  • PHYS 320: Planetarium Operations (2)
    Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor

    Techniques in the preparation and presentation of planetarium shows at the Zacheis Planetarium/Observatory.

  • PHYS 436: Physics Research (1)
    Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor

    The physics "capstone" experience. An independent research course tailored to meet the needs/desires of the student. The student will work with a professor on a research project either designed by the student and the professor