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UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA COURSE CATALOG

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
Degree of Bachelor of Science
in Physics Requirements

The course of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics takes four academic years. The physics major is offered with either a mathematics minor or a chemistry minor. In addition to the forty-two (42) general education requirements, which includes the first two math courses, a candidate for a B.Sc. Physics major/math minor degree must earn 51 semester hours in physics, and twenty-two (22) more semester hours in mathematics. The candidate must earn a total of one hundred and thirty-five (135) semester hours. The candidate for a B.Sc. physics major/chemistry minor degree must earn forty-eight (48) semester hours in physics, and twenty-two (22) semester hours in chemistry. The candidate must earn a total of one hundred and thirty-eight (138) semester hours. The following curriculum guides give a more detailed account of the requirements necessary for. the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Course Description

101-102 Physical Science

This two-semester course is a survey of the fundamental principles of the Physical Sciences. It is a synthesis of the four physical sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Astronomy.

The sequence of topics is arranged in order to emphasize the unity of physical science as a field of Knowledge. The aims of the course:

1. To provide Balanced and coherent presentation of the more important facts and theories of physical science;

2. To give students acquaintance with the methods of science;

3. To show the relationship of science to other fields of knowledge.

Mathematics is used to minimal extent. The course is designed primarily for the non-science majors of the Liberal Arts.

101 Physical Science

The physical universe, Ptolemy's hypothesis, Corpernicus and Kepler, motion, the laws of motion, gravitation, discovery of Neptune and Pluto, energy, work, power, momentum, angular momentum, heat, changes of state, matterin bulk, solids, gases, pressure, Archimedes principle, gas laws, atoms and molecules, the kinetic molecular theory of matter, wave motion and sound, electricity and magnetism. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

102 Physical Science

The atomic structure, the nucleus, theory of atom, the periodic table, chemical equations, the language of chemical reactions, oxidation and reduction, organic chemistry, earth materials, the atmosphere, the sun, stars and universe. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

101-102 Physics - Introductory Physics I and II

A general non-calculus introduction to physical theory including mechanics, wave theory, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism and optics. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

111-112 Physics -General Physics Laboratory I and II

A laboratory course which can be taken concurrently with PHYS 101, 102 or PHYS 205 and 206.

Credit: 1 credit/semester

205-206 Physics -General Physics I and II
Pre-requisites: PHYS 102 or equivalent
Co-requisite: MATH 202

A calculus based course designed to prepare science and engineering students for their upper division major courses. Topics covered include: mechanics and wave theory (205), and electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics (206). Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

203 Physics - Radiation Physics
Pre-requisite: PHYS 102

An overview of modem physical theory concentrating on nuclear physics and its applications in the life science and health science fields. Topics covered include: Historical background to nuclear science, properties of nuclear radiation, radiation detection, health physics, bio-medical applications of nuclear techniques, introduction to quantum theory and radiography. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 4 credits/semester

306 Physics-Thermodynamics
Pre-requisites: PHYS 206. CHEM 102

A classical presentation of thermodynamics including gas laws, the laws of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and transport phenomenon. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

307 Physics - Mathematical Methods in Physics
Pre-requisite: PHYS 206
Co-requisite: MATH 301

A survey of mathematical techniques employed in the study of Physics including laplace transformations, vector calculus, and Fourier series and integrals. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

311-312 Physics - Classical Mechanics I and II
Pre-requisite: PHYS 206, MATH 301
Co-requisite: MATH 204, MATH 304

A rigorous-analysis of statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies including vector analysis, orbital motion, oscillations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

313 Physics - Modern Physics
Pre-requisites: PHYS 206, MATH 202

A survey of modern physical theory including the special theory, atomic physics, and interactions of electromagnetic radiation. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 4 credits/semester

314 Physics - Nuclear Physics

Pre-requisite: PHYS 313

An Introduction to nuclear physics including properties of radiation, radiation interactions with matter, detection methods, nuclear theory and models, fission and fusion, particle accelerators. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 4 credits/semester

407 Physics - Solid State Physics
Pre-requisites: PHYS 312 and 313

A survey of modern concepts of solid itate physics Including discussions on crystalline structures, waves in lattice structures, lattice viOrations, metals and semiconductors. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

404 Physics -Optics
Pre-requisites PHYS 206

A review of Optical theory and practice. Topics include geometrical optics - rays, plane surfaces, spherical surfaces, lenses, mirrors, Optical instruments; and wave optics - interference of two beams, multiple reflection, Fraunhaffer diffraction gratings, polarization. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 4 credits/semester

408 Physics-Quantum Mechanics
Pre-requisite: PHYS 312

An introduction to submicroscopic systems. The postulates o* wave mechanics are given and an analysis of various systems is made using Scrodinger's method and the Hej serrberg apptoach. The various quantum operators are examined and some applications discussed. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

409 Physics -Digital Electronics
Pre-requisite: PHYS 206 Same as EENG 405
(see catalogue listinn in EENG section

411-412 Physics - Advanced Electricity and Magnetism
Pre-requisite: PHYS 312

A classical formulation of electromagnetic theory including topics in electrostatic theory and examples, capacitors and dielectrics, electric current and circuits (401); rnagnetostatics and steady currents, electromagnetic induction, magnetic properties of matter, varying currents, Maxwell's equations, the electromagnetic waves (402), Three hours of lecture and tluee hours of laboratory per week.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

503-504 Physics Exploration Geophysics I and II

Same as GEOL 503-504 (see catalogue listing In GEOL section).

 
 
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