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CSC  200  Computational Physics (= PHY 200) 
CSC  397  Independent Study in Advanced Software Development in Science (= PHY 397) 
PHY  103  Physics of the Environment 
Prerequisites & NotesDesigned for nonscience majors. (Not offered 20162017.)
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Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement. 

PHY  104  Physics of the Environment with Lab 
Prerequisites & NotesDesigned for nonscience majors. Not open to students with credit in PHY 103.
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A study of the physical laws and processes that underlie environmental phenomena with a special focus on energy. Technical, economic and social consequences of these laws and processes will be examined to better delineate the complex decisions related to environmental issues. One laboratory period each week. Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in Natural Science Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor. 

PHY  106  Introductory Astronomy with Lab 
Prerequisites & NotesNot open to students with credit in PHY 105. (Fall)
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A survey of the current scientific view of the Universe. Emphasis on the physical and mathematical principles necessary to understand how astronomers observe and interpret phenomena. Topics include the historical development of major astronomical theories, the interaction of light and matter, the life cycle of stars, and the structure and evolution of the Universe. One laboratory period per week which will include daytime laboratories and evening observing and astrophotography sessions. Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  110  The Physics Around You 
Prerequisites & NotesDesigned for nonscience majors. Not open to students with credit for Physics 120, 220, 130 or 230. (Not offered 20162017.)
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Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement. 

PHY  116  Sights and Sounds 
Prerequisites & NotesDesigned for nonscience majors.
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Scientific principles applied to the production, propagation, storage, detection and perception of sound and light. Applications will focus on current practices in live performance as well as high definition audio and image recording and production. This course is designed for students with an interest in music and the visual arts. One laboratory period per week. Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  118  Advanced Placement Credit: Mechanics 
Prerequisites & NotesOnly with specific permission of the chair may the course serve as prerequisite to other courses in Physics. Credit for Physics 118 is forfeited by a student who elects to take Physics 120 or 130. (Not offered 20162017.) Course credit for appropriate scores on the AP Physics B exam or the AP Physics C (Mechanics) exam. The course does not satisfy the lab science distribution requirement unless significant evidence of laboratory work (in the form of a laboratory notebook or reports) is presented to the Physics Department chair. AP credit for Physics 118 does not satisfy the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  119  Advanced Placement Credit: Electricity and Magnetism 
Prerequisites & NotesOnly with specific permission of the chair may the course serve as prerequisite to other courses in Physics. Credit for Physics 119 is forfeited by a student who elects to take Physics 220 or 230. (Not offered 20162017.) Course credit for appropriate scores on the AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) exam. The course does not satisfy the lab science distribution requirement unless significant evidence of laboratory work (in the form of a laboratory notebook or reports) is presented to the Physics Department chair. AP credit for Physics 119 does not satisfy the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  120  General Physics 
Prerequisites & Notes(Fall)
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Mechanics, rotational motion, fluids, waves, sound, and thermodynamics. One laboratory each week. Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.


PHY  130  General Physics with Calculus 
Prerequisites & NotesCorequisite: Math 111 or 112. (Fall/Spring)
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PHY  200  Computational Physics (= CSC 200) 
Prerequisites & NotesCorequisite: Physics 120 or 130 at Davidson or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
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(Crosslisted as CSC 200) This course is an introduction to computer programming and computational physics using Python. No prior programming experience is necessary. This course will provide students with the skills required to write code to solve physics problems in areas including quantum physics, electromagnetism, and mechanics. Structured programming methods will be covered as well as algorithms for numerical integration, solving differential equations, and more.
Satisfies a requirement int he Data Science interdisciplinary minor.


PHY  201  Mathematical Methods for Scientists 
Prerequisites & NotesMathematics 113 or 140. (Spring)
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Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

PHY  220  General Physics 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 120 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
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Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  230  General Physics with Calculus 
Prerequisites & NotesPHY 130 or permission of the instructor. (Fall/Spring)
Instructors Electricity and magnetism, circuits, optics, and modern physics (special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics). More comprehensive than Physics 220 and designed for students who intend to major in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and/or plan to pursue a degree in engineering. One laboratory each week. Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  310  Electronics and Instrumentation 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 220 or 230. (Fall)
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Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  320  Introduction to Modern Physics 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 220 or 230. (Fall)
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Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement. 

PHY  330  Classical Mechanics 
Prerequisites & NotesCorequisite: Mathematics 113 or 140. Prerequisite: Physics 220 or 230 or permission of the instructor. (Fall)
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Newtonian principles are used with differential, integral, and vector calculus to analyze classical dynamics. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics are also developed and applied. Topics may include: linear and nonlinear oscillations, gravitational systems, the calculus of variations, manyparticle systems, noninertial reference frames, rigidbody dynamics, normal modes, and wave theory. 

PHY  335  Advanced Laboratory 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 320 and Physics 310. Physics 330 is recommended. (Spring)
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PHY  350  Electricity and Magnetism 
Prerequisites & NotesCorequisite: Mathematics 160 or Physics 201. Prerequisite: Physics 330 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
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PHY  360  Quantum Mechanics I 
Prerequisites & NotesMathematics 150 or Physics 201, Physics 330, and 350, or permission of the instructor. (Fall)
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PHY  391  Special Topics in Physics 
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PHY  392  Special Topics in Physics 
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PHY  395  Independent Study 
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PHY  397  Independent Study in Advanced Software Development in Science (= CSC 397) 
Prerequisites & NotesCSC/PHY 200 or CSC 121 and one of PHY 310, CSC 231 or CSC 325, or permission of the instructor. (Fall/Spring)
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PHY  400  Statistical and Thermal Physics 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 330 or permission of the instructor. (Fall)
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PHY  410  Intermediate Astrophysics 
Prerequisites & NotesTwo or more of Physics 330, 350, 360, and 400, or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
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PHY  415  Optics and Lasers 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 350 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
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PHY  420  Solid State Physics 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 330 or permission of the instructor. Physics 350, 360, and 400 are recommended.
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An examination of the properties of solids and their device applications. Topics will include: crystal structure and diffraction; phonons and lattice vibrations; free electron theory and band structure; semiconductors; magnetic properties; electrical properties; and superconductivity. Satisfies a major requirement in Physics. 

PHY  430  Advanced Mechanics 
Prerequisites & NotesPhysics 330. (Not offered 20162017.)
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PHY  495  Independent Research 
Prerequisites & Notes(Physics 495, Fall; Physics 496, Spring.)
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PHY  496  Independent Research 
Prerequisites & Notes(Physics 495, Fall; Physics 496, Spring.)
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Open to students with substantial backgrounds in physics with written permission of the supervising professor who reviews and approves the research topic. Satisfactory completion of a research project includes a presentation at a departmental seminar. 