Physics

Mission Statement 

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at LMU strives to graduate students who demonstrate a notable command of content knowledge and practical skills in their program area of choice. Degree programs incorporate current methods of scientific inquiry, mastery of terminology, and proficient use of technology in the areas of the physical sciences. Graduates of the Department of Chemistry and Physics are expected to utilize ethical standards in the practice of their profession, to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and to recognize an appreciation for the value of life-long learning. Department graduates go forward to serve their communities, the region, and humanity as informed voices for the advancement of understanding in the areas of the physical sciences. Students pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, or veterinary medicine should consider taking the pre-med track within the Chemistry major program. 

Department Policy on Course Grades 

All students must earn a grade of C– or better in CHEM 111 and lab to enroll in CHEM 112. 

All students must earn a grade of C– or better in CHEM 221 and lab to enroll in CHEM 222. 

All students must earn a grade of C– or better in PHYS 211 and lab to enroll in PHYS 212. 

Courses

PHYS-100: Introduction to Physics

Credits 3

An elementary treatment of the principles of physics: mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, electricity, optics, and elementary quantum mechanics. Co requisite: P100 Lab, 1 credit hour. Fall/Spring.

PHYS-100L: Intro to Physics Lab

Credits 1

This course is the laboratory component to the PHYS 100 lecture course.  An elementary treatment of selected principles of physics using a set of laboratory activities from topics possibly including:  mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, electricity, optics, and elementary quantum mechanics.  requisite:  This course can be taken concurrently with PHYS 100 or after successful completion of the PHYS 100 lecture with a grade of C- or better.  This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirement.  Fall and Spring.

PHYS-211: General Physics I

Credits 3

Mechanics, sound, heat, optics, electricity, and magnetism Prerequisite: MATH 120. Co-requisite: P211-212 labs,1 credit hour each. PHYS 211, Fall; PHYS 212, Spring

PHYS-211L: General Physics I Lab

Credits 1

This course is the laboratory component to the PHYS 211 lecture course.  An elementary treatment of selected principles of physics using a set of laboratory activities from topics possibly including:  mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and sound.  Prerequisite for PHYS 211L is (1) a Math ACT sub-score of 26 or higher, or (2) successful completion (grade of C- or better) in MATH 120 Trigonometry, or (3) successful completion (grade of C- or better) in MATH 150 Calculus I.  This course can be taken concurrently with PHYS 211 or after successful completion of the PHYS 211 lecture with a grade of C- or better.  This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirementFall.

 

PHYS-212: General Physics II

Credits 3

Mechanics, sound, heat, optics, electricity, and magnetism Prerequisite: MATH 120. Co-requisite: P211-212 labs,1 credit hour each. PHYS 211, Fall; PHYS 212, Spring

PHYS-212L: General Physics II Lab

Credits 1

This course is the laboratory component to the PHYS 212 lecture course.  An elementary treatment of selected principles of physics using a set of laboratory activities from topics possibly including:  electricity, magnetism, and optics.  Prerequisites for PHYS 212L are successful completion of PHYS 211 and PHYS 211L with a grade of C- or better.  This course can be taken concurrently with PHYS 212 or after successful completion of the PHYS 212 lecture with a grade of C- or better.  This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirementSpring.

PHYS-215: Applications of Calculus to General Physics I

Credits 1

An extension to PHYS 211 developing the same concepts (mechanics, waves, and thermal physics) from a calculus-based approach. Both differential and integral calculus will be used to solve problems, as well as including more rigorous treatment of vectors. Corequisites: PHYS 211, PHYS211L, MATH 150 (Calculus I). Fall

PHYS-216: Applications of Calculus to General Physics II

Credits 1

An extension to PHYS 212 developing the same concepts (electricity, magnetism, circuits, and optics) from a calculus-based approach. Both differential and integral calculus will be used to solve problems, as well as including more rigorous treatment of vectors. Corequisites: PHYS 212, PHYS212L, MATH 250 (Calculus II). Spring

PHYS-251: University Physics I

Credits 4

This is an introductory course studying the topics of classical physics (mechanics, sound, and heat) using calculus and vectors. Prerequisite for PHYS 251 is successful completion (grade of C- or better) in MATH 150 Calculus I. Co-requisite: PHYS 251 lab, 1 credit hour each. This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirement. PHYS 251, Spring.

PHYS-251L: University Physics I Lab

Credits 1

This is a introductory course studying the topics of classical physics (mechanics, sound, and heat) using calculus and vectors. Prerequisite for PHYS 251 is successful completion (grade of C- or better) in MATH 150 Calculus I. Co-requisite: PHYS 251 lab, 1 credit hour each. This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirement. PHYS 251, Spring.

PHYS-252: University Physics II

Credits 4

This is a course sequence studying the topics of classical physics (optics, electricity, and magnetism) using calculus and vectors. Prerequisite for enrollment in PHYS 252 is successful completion (grade of C- or better) in PHYS 251. Co-requisite: PHYS 252 lab, 1 credit hour each. This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirement. PHYS 252, Fall.

PHYS-252L: University Physics II Lab

Credits 1

This is a course sequence studying the topics of classical physics (optics, electricity, and magnetism) using calculus and vectors. Prerequisite for enrollment in PHYS 252 is successful completion (grade of C- or better) in PHYS 251. Co-requisite: PHYS 252 lab, 1 credit hour each. This course meets a General Education Core Curriculum requirement. PHYS 252, Fall.

PHYS-320: Modern Physics

Credits 3

An introduction to the concepts of modern physics. Topics include relativistic dynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, particle physics, and solid state physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 212, PHYS 216. Fall

PHYS-350: Introduction to Electronics

Credits 3

An introductory course to serve as a survey of electronics, particularly as applicable to laboratory work. Topics include basic electronic components, circuits, op-amps, data acquisition, and instrumentation interfacing. Prerequisite: PHYS 212. Co-requisites: PHYS 350 lab, 1 credit. Fall.

PHYS-350L: Introduction to Electronics Lab

Credits 1

This course is the laboratory component to the PHYS 350 lecture course.  It is an introductory course to serve as a survey of electronics, particularly as applicable to laboratory work, benchtop experiments, and instrumentation. Topics include basic electronic components, circuits, op-amps, data acquisition, and instrumentation interfacing. Prerequisite is successful completion of PHYS 212 and PHYS 212L with a grade of C- or better and concurrent enrollment in the PHYS 350 lecture.  Fall.