** DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES
AND MATHEMATICS
**

** PHYSICS**

**PHYS 101 Introduction
to Physics I**

Professor: **M. Deady**

CRN: **91734** Distribution:
**E/G/Q**

Time:**M Th 10:30 am
12:30 pm HEG 106**

Lab A ** M 1:20 pm - 3:20
pm HEG 107**

Lab B ** M 3:40 pm - 5:40
pm HEG 107**

Lab C ** M 7:00 pm - 9:00
pm HEG 107**

A calculus-based survey of
Physics. This first semester covers topics in mechanics, heat
and thermodynamics, and wave motion. The course stresses ideas--the
unifying principles and characteristic models of physics. Labs
develop the crucial ability to elicit understanding of the physical
world. *Corequisite*: Math 111 or 113.

**PHYS 314 Thermal Physics**

Professor: **P. Skiff**

CRN: **91735** Distribution:
**n/a**

Time:** W F 10:30 am
12:00 pm ROSE 108**

Elements of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. Equations of state, first and second laws, distribution functions, the partition function, quantum statistics. Prerequisites: Physics 101102, Mathematics 112.

**PHYS 325 Methods of Mathematical
Physics**

Professor: **M. Deady**

CRN: **91736** Distribution:
**n/a**

Time:** W F 9:20 am
10:20 am ROSE 108**

**(Two credits)**Concepts
and techniques of vector and tensor analysis, line and surface
integration, and complex function analysis will be developed in
this course. These mathematical methods are particularly useful
in thermodynamics and electromagnetism. Prerequisite: Mathematics
112.

**NSCI 181 A Light and
Color**

Professor: **B. Brody**

CRN: **91737** Distribution:
**E/G/Q**

Time:** Tue Th 10:30 am
12:30 pm ROSE 108**

**NSCI 181 B Light and
Color**

Professor: **B. Brody**

CRN: **91738** Distribution:
**E/G/Q**

Time:**M Th 1:20 pm
3:20 pm ROSE 108**

An introduction to light, optical phenomena, and related devices, including some historical perspective; classical and modern models of light; light and color in nature, and vision; the geometrical optics of lenses, mirrors, and related devices; the physical optics of interference and diffraction; spectroscopy and polarization; color science, lasers, and holography. Without assuming either prior knowledge of physics or heavier mathematics, we will develop models in class and explore them in weekly labs. Prerequisites: high school algebra and trigonometry (certified at registration).

**NSCI 225 Einstein**

Professor: **P. Skiff**

CRN: **91740** Distribution:
**C/E**

Time:** Tue Th 1:20 pm
2:50 pm HEG 102**

**of related interest: German
Studies**

An examination of Einstein's life and work and their impact on current world views, and consideration of some of the many controversies involved therein. We will use biography and popular descriptions of the relativity theories, atomic theories, and optical theories, and will compare the advantages of methods of positivism and realism in philosophy and of "internalism" and "externalism" in the history of science. Readings include some primary sources; secondary authors will include Clark, Pais, Zukav, Reichenbach, Miller, Holton, and others. Accessible to nonscience students with no prior collegiate scientific or mathematical experience.

**NSCI 304 Philosophy of
Science**

Professor: **P. Skiff**

CRN: **91741** Distribution:
**A/E**

Time:** Tue Th 3:40 pm
5:10 pm HEG 102**

An historical reconstruction of recent developments in epistemology, focusing on the emergence of realism and antipositivism in the 1980s. Readings include Ayer, Hempel, Popper, Lakatos, Feyerabend, Laudan, MacIntyre, Stegmuller, and Foucault. A seminar of twelve selected participants; seminar presentation required. Prerequisites: Natural Science 222, 223, and at least one course each in Kant and modern philosophy.