Physics at Aquinas College

Physics Courses

PC/MS316 Applied Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (4)

An introduction to topics in applied mathematics not covered in a traditional mathematics curriculum. Topics include Complex Numbers, Fourier Series, Fourier Analysis, Partial Differentiation, and Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: MS122.

PC201 General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL

Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab.

PC202 General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

Prerequisite: PC201 or instructor approval.

PC213 General Physics with Calculus: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4)

Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: MS121.

PC214 General Physics with Calculus: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: PC213.

PC215 Modern Physics (4)

A semester-long course that will complete the two-semester, general physics survey sequence. The topics covered will include the study of relativity, the wave nature of particles, quantum mechanics, chemical spectra, particle and low-energy nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PC201/202, or PC213/214.

PC291 Physical Science I (3) NN

An introduction to physics and astronomy for non-science majors. Laboratory and lecture experiences are integrated within regular class meetings. Recommended for elementary education majors and any student who wishes to acquire a broad perspective on these two areas of physical science.

PC295 Observational Astronomy (3) NN

A semester-long survey of the historical milestones in the development of astronomical modeling, as well as a study of the solar system and its constituents. Stars, galaxies, and cosmological models of the universe are also considered in detail. Intended for students with no significant exposure to the study of astronomy.

PC310 Special Topics in Physics (3)

Topics related to recent advancements in the field of physics.

PC311/312 Physical Chemistry (4/4)

A two semester sequence. Topics include, but are not limited to, thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gasses, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MS231, PC213, PC214

PC398 Readings in Physics (Variable)

Individually-negotiated program of readings on a selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the department chairperson.

PC399 Independent Project (Variable)

Independent project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the department chairperson.

PC400 Experimental Investigation and Design (4)

A semester-long laboratory based course that will feature an in-depth exploration of five selected concepts in physics. Each topic will involve the study of the concept; an experimental design to investigate the concept; data collection and analysis. A formal report of the study and the experiment will be submitted. One of the concepts to be investigated will be self selected by the student and reported on at a seminar session held at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: PC201/202, or PC213/214.