Physical Science and Physics

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (PHSC)

Natural Science requirements for graduation: Unless specific science courses are listed for a major, students must select one BIOL course and one CHEM, PHSC, or PHYS course to fulfill general education requirements.

PHSC 1420. Earth Science

This course is designed for non-science majors and fulfills the General Education requirement for all other majors. This course presents a broad introduction to earth science topics including geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Laboratory work gives the student hands-on experience with the topics discussed in class. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required

PHSC 1440. Integrated Physical Science (for Elementary Education Majors)

This course is designed for Elementary Education majors who seek a broad introduction to the physical sciences with a minimal mathematics emphasis. Specific areas presented are physics, chemistry, and earth science. The course also meets the requirements of the South Carolina Teacher Education Program. It includes topics required by the state science standards for kindergarten through eighth grade. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required.

 

PHYSICS (PHYS)

Natural Science requirements for graduation: Unless specific science courses are listed for a major, students must select one BIOL course and one CHEM, PHSC, or PHYS course to fulfill general education requirements.

 

PHYS 1410. College Physics I

Prerequisite: Math 1335 or higher

The two semester physics sequence is intended to provide the student with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics and to strengthen an understanding of these concepts and principles through a broad range of applications to the real world. Physics I focuses on kinematics, dynamics, statics, gravitation, fluid mechanics and the balance equations for mass, linear momentum, angular momentum and energy. The associated laboratory (PHYS 1411) enhances the studentís ability to develop experimental procedures, conduct laboratory experiments, record observations, conduct mathematical analyses of results and reach conclusions. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required. 341

PHYS 1420. College Physics II

Prerequisite: PHYS 1410

Physics II focuses on oscillations, wave motion, sound waves, standing waves, temperature, the laws of thermodynamics, electric fields, Gaussís Law, electric potential, alternating circuits and electromagnetic waves. The associated laboratory (PHYS 1421) continues to enhance the development of independent and creative reasoning. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required.

PHYS 1425. Concepts of Physics

This course is designed for non-science majors and fulfills the General Education requirement for all degree programs. The application of physics to the natural and technological world is utilized to build a strong conceptual understanding of principles of physics without doing the complicated calculations associated with traditional general physics courses. Conventional topics such as mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism are covered. The associated laboratory (PHYS 1426) reinforces the understanding of the principles studied in class and enhances the studentís ability to conduct laboratory experiments, record observations and reach conclusions. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required.

PHYS 1450. Descriptive Astronomy

This course is designed for non-science majors and fulfills the General Education requirement for all degree programs. An ―earth out method is utilized to study the solar system, Milkey-Way galaxy, stars, and deep sky galaxies and objects. Keplerís Laws of Planetary Motion are studied and applied in a history-based approach to learning physical and astronomical properties of inner and outer planets. Star life cycles are studied and applied to galaxies, clusters, quasars, and planets within the framework of the dynamic nature of cosmology. The associated laboratory (PHYS 1451) includes experiments and observations of the night skies to supplement and augment the lecture portion of the course. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required. 342

PHYS 2410. Physics with Calculus I

Prerequisites: MATH 1410

Corequisite: MATH 2410

This course is a study of general physics including applications of the calculus. Topics presented include measurement and units, vectors, kinematics, Newtonís laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, collisions, rotational kinematics, torque and angular momentum, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, elasticity of solids, fluid statics, heat and temperature, and special relativity. The associated laboratory (PHYS 2411) enhances the studentís ability to develop experimental procedures, conduct laboratory experiments, record observations, conduct mathematical analyses of results, and reach conclusions. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required.

PHYS 2420. Physics with Calculus II

Prerequisites: MATH 2410, PHSY 2410

This course is a continuation of PHYS 2410 and presents the basic concepts and laws of classical electricity and magnetism including electrostatic and magnetostatic forces and fields, Gaussí law, electric circuits, Ampereís law, Faradayís law, electric and magnetic properties of matter, time-varying fields, Maxwellís equations, wave motion, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, and thermodynamics. The associates laboratory (PHYS 2421) continues to enhance the development of independent and creative reasoning. Three class hours per week. Two lab hours per week. Four semester hours credit. Lab fee required.