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100A,B. General Physics (4,4) F,S

Prerequisite: PHYS 100A: MATH 109 or MATH 113 or MATH 119A or MATH 122.
PHYS 100B: PHYS 100A.
Year course in introductory physics. First semester considers properties of matter, mechanics, wave motion, and heat. Second semester considers electricity, light, and atomic and nuclear physics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs, laboratory 3 hrs.)

102. Introduction to Physics (3) F,S

Prerequisite: Three-and-one-half years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra, one year of geometry and one-half year of trigonometry.
Assists students needing additional preparation before enrolling in PHYS 100A or 151. Basic problems and concepts in physics, particularly in mechanics.
Credit/No Credit grading only. Begins in the fourth week of the semester. (Lectures, problem sessions 4 hrs.)

151. Mechanics and Heat (4) F,S

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
Kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, fluid statics, laws of thermodynamics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

152. Electricity and Magnetism (4) F,S

Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
Mechanical waves, Coulomb's law, electrostatics, electric circuits, introductory electronics, magnetic fields, induction and Maxwell's equations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

254. Applied Modern Physics (3) F,S

Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
Geometrical and physical optics, models of atomic and condensed matter systems.
Not open for credit to students with a "C" or better in PHYS 153 or PHYS 154. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

255. Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.
Experimental work in optics and modern physics.
Not open for credit to students with a "C" or better in PHYS 153 or PHYS 155. PHYS 255 is equivalent to PHYS 155. Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs.)

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