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PHYS 141 Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System (4)

A survey of the history of astronomy; the motion of objects in the night sky; gravitation and relativity; telescopes; the sun, planets, moon, meteors, and comets; the origin of the solar system; space exploration; and the search for extraterrestrial life. Designed for non-science majors. Offered each fall.

PHYS 142 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies (4)

A survey of the history of astronomy; the constellations; the nature of the stars; stellar evolution; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; the structure and evolution of the Milky Way; other galaxies, quasars; and cosmology. Designed for non-science majors. Prerequisite: MATH 105 with a grade of B- or higher, MATH placement level H, A, B, or consent. Offered each spring.

PHYS 221 University Physics I (4)

A calculus-based introduction to kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work and energy, gravitation, waves, fluid mechanics, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MATH 136 or 171. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Offered each fall.

PHYS 222 University Physics II (4)

A continuation of PHYS 221. Topics include electric fields, circuit analysis, magnetism, geometrical and wave optics, relativity, and atomic structure. Prerequisite: PHYS 221 with a grade of C- or higher. Corequisite: MATH 172. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Offered each spring.

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