Physics

Physicists study the science of motion, energy, and physical reactions between objects. They investigate the world around them in order to understand how things work and then they use their knowledge to innovate. Physicists have a wide range of career options.

Why study in Physics?

Sinclair's Physics courses show students how physics applies to their world and demonstrates how it meshes with their career and professional goals. Courses are taught by dedicated faculty using state-of-the-art facilities using computer assisted data acquisition. Students have access to well-equipped labs and classrooms that provide an environment where physics can be experienced closely through numerous hands-on-activities and demonstrations. Students receive a thorough grounding in physics concepts and can continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.

Career Resource Information

Employment opportunities are available in engineering firms, teaching and educational facilities, research facilities, private companies, and the government.

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Available Courses

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PHY 1100 Introduction to Physics

A survey of motion, forces, energy, thermodynamics, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism for nonscience majors. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 1104 Sound, Light & Modern Physics

A survey of sound, light, color, atomic and nuclear physics and special relativity for nonscience majors. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 1106 Physics for Technology

Survey of conceptual physics for technology majors. Topics include motion, forces, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, light, atomic structure and emission and absorption of radiation. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 1107 Lab for Physics for Technology


0 Credit Hours

PHY 1110 Lab for Introduction to Physics


0 Credit Hours

PHY 1119 Lab for Sound, Light & Modern Physics


0 Credit Hours

PHY 1131 Technical Physics

Algebra-based mechanics including kinematics, dynamics, statics, work, energy, power, rotational motion and fluids. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 1141 College Physics I

Algebra-based university-parallel sequence in mechanics, including vectors, statics, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, elasticity, fluids and thermodynamics. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 1142 College Physics II

Algebra-based university-parallel course in oscillations, waves, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 1161 Scientific Thought & Method

Exploration of methods employed in the natural sciences through interdisciplinary units designed to illustrate scientific thinking and related mathematical skills. Intended for students who plan to major in one of the natural sciences or engineering. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 2201 General Physics I

Fundamentals of mechanics including kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, oscillations, gravity, fluids, waves and sound, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, using calculus as appropriate. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.
5 Credit Hours

PHY 2202 General Physics II

Electrostatics, DC conduction and circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, quantum mechanics, optics and special relativity. Calculus used extensively. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.
5 Credit Hours

PHY 2203 Introduction to Modern Physics

Introduction to the experimental and theoretical basis of 20th century ideas in physics including relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic, molecular and solid state physics, nuclear structure, particle physics and cosmology. Calculus used extensively.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 2207 Lab for General Physics I


0 Credit Hours

PHY 2208 Lab for General Physics II


0 Credit Hours

PHY 2210 MATLAB for Scientists & Engineers

Introduction to problem solving and programming using MATLAB. Topics include the MATLAB desktop, arrays, graphics, basic programming concepts and structures such as logical and relational operators, control flow statements, M files, functions and object oriented programming. Applications will be chosen from the sciences and engineering.
3 Credit Hours

PHY 2210 Problem Solving in Physics with MATLAB

Introduction to problem solving in physics using the computational tool, MATLAB. Topics include the MATLAB desktop, array manipulations, relational and logical operations, control flow, creating M-files, low-level I/O, graphics and symbolic manipulations. One classroom, two lab hours per week.
2 Credit Hours

PHY 2245 Concepts in Physics

Basic concepts and applications of physics including motion, forces, electricity, magnetism and optics, emphasizing scientific inquiry and process skills integrated with mathematics. Elementary education majors only. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

PHY 2297 Special Topics

Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in nontraditional format.
0.5 - 9 Credit Hours

PHY 2780 Scientific Thought & Method

Exploration of methods employed in the natural sciences primarily through an undergraduate research project designed to illustratescientific thinking and related mathematical skills especially as they apply to physics. Intended for physics majors. Two classroom,two lab hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

 


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