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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.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Physics
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: PHY 1100 OR PHY 1141 


  • Discuss the experimental basis of special relativity. Apply special relativity to the motion of objects.
  • Predict and explain acoustic behavior using a model of sound as a longitudinal wave.
  • Apply the laws of reflection and refraction and the wave model of light in order to explain the behavior of optical devices such as lenses and other observable optical phenomena.
  • Apply the principles of the quantum theory so as to explain the behavior of electrons, protons, and neutrons and to describe the interactions of matter and electromagnetic radiation.
  • Describe and predict the behavior of vibrating systems including the transport of energy via wave motion.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3