Physics Courses

Galactic morphology and evolution.

Ultrasonic behavior of exotic materials.

Physics encompasses more than the study of matter and energy. It seeks general principles behind phenomena as diverse as wispy elementary particles and gigantic galaxies.

Physics courses provide a pathway towards that understanding through laboratory and computer analysis and mathematical and computer modeling. Our laboratories are especially well equipped and our major emphasizes the development of sound laboratory skills. The major also stresses mathematics, the language of physics.

Physics provides a foundation for students interested in engineering -- the
application of physical principles to the design of products and processes
needed in today’s technological world. Future engineers may concentrate in
physics for the first three years at Rollins and then transfer to one of the
engineering schools with which the college participates in a 3-2 dual-degree
program.* For further information, contact the coordinator, Thomas R.
Moore.*

Some graduates teach or work in industry while others pursue master’s of business administration degrees (MBA). Many physics majors go on to graduate school in specialized areas of physics, while others continue in such fields as astronomy, oceanography, materials science, and applied physics. Since physics majors know how to solve problems and use technology, they find interesting jobs with or without a higher degree.

**MAJOR REQUIREMENTS**

Fifteen (15) courses are required.

*PHY 131 Principles of Physics**PHY 132 Experimental Physics I**PHY 220 Math Methods for Physical Sciences I**PHY 221 Math Methods for Physical Sciences II**PHY 230 Modern Physics**PHY 232 Experimental Physics II**PHY 233 Modern Electronics**PHY 308 Mechanics**PHY 314 Electromagnetic Theory I**PHY 315 Electromagnetic Theory II**PHY 325 Computational Physics**PHY 398 Physics Seminar**PHY 411 Modern Optics**PHY 412 Experimental Optics**PHY 451 Quantum Physics I*

Students who wish to continue physics in graduate school should consider the following electives:

*CHM 120 Chemistry**CHM 305 Physical Chemistry**PHY 452 Quantum Physics II**PHY 498 Physics Research*

Students who intend to transfer to an engineering school via the 3-2 program
with a concentration in physics must complete all required courses for a physics
major below the ** 400 level. **Additionally, they must pass

**MINOR REQUIREMENTS**

Nine (9) courses are required.

*PHY 131 Principles of Physics**PHY 132 Experimental Physics I**PHY 220 Math Methods for Physical Sciences I**PHY 221 Math Methods for Physical Sciences II**PHY 230 Modern Physics**PHY 308 Mechanics**PHY 314 Electromagnetic Theory I**PHY 398 Physics Seminar**PHY 451 Quantum Physics I*

Examines characteristics
of galaxies, red-shift and Hubble relationship, and quasars, then considers
modern cosmological models of how the universe has developed into present state. For
non-science majors with little or no prior knowledge of physics.

PHY 105 Evolution of the Universe:

* PHY 108 Nuclear Power, Nuclear Arms, and Nuclear War:* Measures
impact of nuclear energy in today's technological world, presenting both sides
of controversial issues. Intended for non-science majors with no prior knowledge
of physics.

** PHY 112 Astronomy:** Describes characteristics and evolution of
solar system, structure and properties of stars and galaxies, and evolution of
universe. Requires one formal observing session each week for constellation and
star identification through binocular and telescopic observations. Intended for
non-science majors with no prior knowledge of physics.

** PHY 114 Contemporary Physics: **Explores basic ideas of time,
motion, and forces, as well as atomic and nuclear physics. When offered with
laboratory, hands-on exercises feature fundamental concepts and applications of
physics. Intended for non-science majors with no prior knowledge of physics.

** PHY 115 The Physics of Music:** Explores the physical principles
of music and musical instruments. Topics include the scientific basis for music
and the physics of brass, woodwind, and string instruments. Intended for
non-science majors with no prior knowledge of physics.

** PHY 117 An Introduction to Lasers and Light:** Touches upon paint
mixing, stage lighting, visual illusions, random-dot stereograms, lenses and
curved mirrors, optical interference, iridescence, mirages, rainbows, and
aurora. Uses interactive demonstrations to explain common and unusual optical
effects. Intended for non-science majors with no prior knowledge of physics.

** PHY 120 General Physics I: **Introduces motion, forces, work,
energy, waves, and conservation laws to students interested in science. Stresses
interactive teaching and learning in all meetings, including required lab.
Highlights theory and problem solving.

* PHY 121 General Physics II: *Discusses electric and magnetic
forces and energies, electric circuits, optics, and foundations of modern
physics. Lab required.

** PHY 131 Principles of Physics:** Addresses electrostatics, direct
and alternating currents, electric and magnetic fields, and geometrical and
physical optics. Uses calculus.

** PHY 132 Experimental Physics I: **First course in experimental
techniques in which students are introduced to instrumentation, technical
writing, and experimental design. These skills are then applied to experiments
in classical physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and
optics.

*PHY 200 Conceptual Physical Science**: *Presents basic
ideas of physics and selected topics in earth science and astronomy. Integrates
required lab, practical activities, and computer work with daily discussions.
*Prerequisite: *elementary education major or consent.

** PHY 205 Stellar Evolution and Cosmology:** Life cycles of stars
including supernovae, white dwarves, neutron stars, and black holes.
Characteristics of galaxies, red-shift and the Hubble relationship leading to
modern models of cosmic evolution. Upper-level elective for science majors.

** PHY 220 Math Methods for Physical Sciences I: **Covers series
expansions, complex numbers, linear algebra, and multi-variable calculus.

** PHY 221 Math Methods for Physical Sciences II:** Continuation of

** PHY 230 Modern Physics: **Investigates 20

* PHY 232 Experimental Physics II: *Second course in experimental
technique in which the design, construction, and analysis of experiments in
modern physics are emphasized. Focus on experimental design; the collection,
processing, and dissemination of data; the application of standard statistical
models; and methods of interpretation and analysis of data. Strong laboratory
component.

** PHY 233 Modern Electronics:** Treats basic concepts, devices, and
circuits of analog and digital electronics. Students study theory, then build
and design circuits from scratch. Assumes no prior experience in electronics.

** PHY 308 Mechanics: **Discusses Newtonian, Lagrangian, and
Hamiltonian mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. Analyzes nonlinear
dynamical systems with computer simulations.

** PHY 314 Electromagnetic Theory I: **Applies advanced mathematical
techniques to the study of electromagnetics, emphasizing the solutions to
Laplace's equation, vector analysis, and multipole approximations. Gives vector
treatment of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields in vacuum and in matter,
based on Maxwell's equations.

** PHY 315 Electromagnetic Theory II:** A continuation of

** PHY 325 Computational Physics: **This course introduces the
student to the methods of computational physics, emphasizing numerical solutions
to integral and differential equations.

** PHY 398 Physics Seminar:** Traces evolution of physics and its
place in modern society. Discusses readings from classical literature and
current journals.

** PHY 411 Modern Optics: **This course consists of a survey of
geometric, physical and quantum optics. Subjects include the design of optical
components, systems of lenses, polarization and birefringence, coherence,
Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, Fourier optics, laser physics, and nonlinear
optics.

** PHY 412 Experimental Optics: **This course introduces the
students to experimental techniques used in the study of optics. Optical
equipment, design criteria, and methodology are presented in class; then the
students are expected to design and build optical instruments to specification.

** PHY 451 Quantum Physics I: **This course begins with early atomic
models, wave aspects of particles, Schroedinger equation, quantum mechanical
solution of one-dimensional potential barriers and wells, periodic potentials,
and three-dimensional bound-state systems.

** PHY 452 Quantum Physics II: **This is a continuation of the study
of quantum physics that emphasizes applications of quantum mechanics to atomic
physics, solid-state physics, and nuclear physics. Students also examine
elementary perturbation theory, theory of angular momentum and spin, and quantum
statistics.

** PHY 498/499 Physics Research:** Requires independent research in
such fields as acoustics, optics, astrophysics, condensed matter, quantum, or
computational physics.