Physics Courses

*A lecture may be taken without registration for the laboratory. However, a laboratory section must be taken concurrently with the lecture.*131 Elements of Physics I.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly. Introductory course using algebra. Study of classical mechanics (including rotational motion), heat, and sound. Offered fall semester.

132 Elements of Physics II.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly. Continuation of Physics 131. Study of classical electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity, atomic and nuclear theory. Prerequisite: Physics 131. Offered spring semester. Note: As a prerequisite for higher physics courses, with permission of the department, Physics 131 and 132 may be substituted for Physics 141 and 142.

141 General Physics I.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly. Introductory course using calculus. Study of classical mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Prerequisite: Mathematics 121. Offered fall semester.

142 General Physics II.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly. Continuation of Physics 141. Study of classical electromagnetism, optics, and atomic theory. Prerequisites: Physics 141; Mathematics 122. Offered spring semester.

211 Modern Physics.

Introduction to concepts of modern physics. Topics include relativity, Bohr-Rutherford atom, wave mechanics, atomic and nuclear theory. Prerequisites: Physics 142; Mathematics 223. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

212 Intermediate Physics Laboratory.

Some fundamental experiments of modern physics: Millikan charge on electron, Planck’s constant, Franck-Hertz effect, and Beta decay. Offered spring semester. 221 Statics. The study of equivalent force systems using vector algebra. Emphasis on analysis of structures, stresses, and bending moments. Method of virtual work. Prerequisite: Physics 141. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

221 Statics.

The study of equivalent force systems using vector algebra. Emphasis on analysis of structures, stresses, and bending moments Prerequisite: Physics 141. Offered fall semester.

222 Dynamics.

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies using vector calculus. Study of work, energy and momentum methods. Euler’s equations. Introduction to Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s equations. Prerequisite: Physics 141. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

251 Electronics.

Electron dynamics, circuit analysis, instrumentation and quantum electronics are discussed. Prerequisite: Physics 142. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

311 Thermodynamics.

Study of heat transfer and laws of classical thermodynamics with applications to heat engines, gases, and cryogenic systems. Prerequisites: Physics 142; Mathematics 223. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

312 Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics.

Topics include transport theory, Boltzmann’s equation, classical and quantum statistics with applications. Prerequisite: Physics 311. Offered as needed.

361 Mathematics for Physics.

Boundary and eigen-value problems, vector calculus, partial differential equations, Fourier series. Prerequisite: Mathematics 233. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

411 Electricity and Magnetism.

Study of electrostatics and electromagnetism. Solutions of Maxwell’s equations in vacuum and material media. Prerequisites: Physics 142; Mathematics 233. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

412 Electromagnetic Waves.

Study of propagation of electromagnetic waves in conducting and nonconducting media. Solutions to wave equation. Introduction to quantum optics. Prerequisite: Physics 411. Offered as needed.

490 Physics Research for Elementary School Teachers.

Supervised research experience open only to dual majors in Childhood Education and Natural Science. Recommended for students in their junior or senior year. Four hours per week researching, designing, and possibly testing pedagogical tools that enhance teaching and learning of concepts in matter and energy required to be taught in elementary school by the New York State Department of Education. Prerequisite: Physics 131 or 141. Offered fall and spring semesters.

511 Introductory Quantum Mechanics.

Topics covered include de Broglie’s hypothesis, uncertainty principle, solutions of Schroedinger’s equation, angular momentum, perturbation theory. Prerequisites: Physics 211; Mathematics 233. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

512 Atomic and Nuclear Physics.

Topics in atomic and nuclear physics using quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: Physics 511. Offered as needed.

531 Solid State Physics.

Description of properties of crystalline solids using wave mechanics. Applications include semiconductors and superconductivity. Prerequisite: Physics 211. Offered as needed.

541 Experimental Physics I.

Under guidance of a faculty member, students will plan and construct an experimental project of their choice. Emphasis on experimental technique. Prerequisite: Physics 212. Offered fall and spring semesters.

542 Experimental Physics II.

Under guidance of a faculty member, students will complete and evaluate their project. Emphasis is on data analysis and critical evaluation of experiments. Prerequisite: Physics 541. Offered as needed.

543 Senior Thesis.

Under guidance of a faculty member, students prepare a professional-style paper about their project with the aim of possible journal publication. Open only to senior majors in Physics. Offered spring semester.

591 Special Topics in Physics.

Discussion of one or more areas of current research having common interest of class. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

592 Seminar.

Attendance is required of all juniors and seniors majoring in physics. All seniors are expected to present a paper.

Chemistry Courses

*For two-semester courses, the first semester is a prerequisite for the second semester.**Where the laboratory is a separate course, completion of or concurrent registration in the lecture part is required for enrollment in the laboratory course. Permission of the department chair is required for enrollment in the lecture without the laboratory.*101 Chemistry in the Environment and Society.

The fundamental principles of chemistry are studied within the context of their applications to the environment, and other issues of society. The course is intended for students who are not majoring in a science, and may not be used as a prerequisite to major courses in the department. The course is not open to students who have credit for Chemistry 111. Offered fall semester.

102 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry.

The principles of organic and biochemistry are studied emphasizing applications to the health sciences. The course is intended for students who are not majoring in a science and may not be used as a prerequisite to major courses in the department. This course is not open to students who have had chemistry courses numbered 211 or higher. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101 or permission of the instructor.

111, 112 General Chemistry I, II.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly in each course. A study of the basic theories and laws of chemistry and of the properties of the more common elements. These courses are intended for students majoring in one of the natural sciences. Chemistry 111 offered fall semester, 112 offered spring semester.

211, 212 Organic Chemistry I, II.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly in each course. A presentation of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry in which the mechanisms of organic reactions are stressed. The nomenclature, structure, synthesis, reactions, and properties of the principal classes of organic compounds are described. The fundamental principles of qualitative organic analysis are presented. Prerequisites: Chemistry 111, 112. Chemistry 211 offered fall semester, 212 offered spring semester.

214 Quantitative Analysis.

Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly. Basic principles of volumetric and gravimetric analysis. Introduction to potentiometry and voltammetry, spectroscopy, and solvent extraction. Prerequisites: Chemistry 111, 112. Offered spring semester.

221 Introduction to Scientific Computing.

Three hours of lecture weekly. This course provides students an enjoyable, yet rigorous introduction to applications of computing across the sciences. The course trains students to adopt a computational thinking mindset and to learn data analysis and data visualization skills using the Mathematica symbolic computation platform. Students will also learn molecular drawing, editing and visualization using software that is routinely used in research laboratories. Prerequisites: CH 111 or PY 131 or PY 141 or BI 213. Offered spring semester.

313, 314 Physical Chemistry I, II.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly in each course. The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, engines and refrigeration, gases, phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, fuel cells and batteries, kinetics, bonding theories, atomic structure and quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and selected topics in solid state chemistry. The laboratory reflects the topics covered in class and includes techniques for calorimetry, optical microscopy, conductance, kinetics, spectroscopy, and dilatometry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 211, 212, 214; Physics 131, 132 or 141, 142; Mathematics 223. Chemistry 313 offered fall semester, 314 offered spring semester.

400 Reflective Tutorial.

Presentation and discussion of current research topics in various areas of chemistry by staff, students, and visitors. Offered spring semester.

400E Teaching and Research Experience for Seniors

This course, open only to senior chemistry majors, is one of the experiential options available to students completing their senior learning community. Experiences are a combination of acting as lab assistant for a lab course and a research project leading to significant pedagogical contributions to the course, culminating in a written laboratory procedure, report, and possible publication. The student will work with a faculty mentor. At least 100 experiential hours are required for successful completion of the course. Offered fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: approval of faculty mentor and a minimum grade of B in the course and lab under study.

490 Chemistry Research for Elementary School Teachers.

Supervised research experience open only to dual majors in Childhood Education and Natural Science. Recommended for students in their junior or senior year. Four hours per week researching, designing, and possibly testing pedagogical tools that enhance teaching and learning of chemical concepts required to be taught in elementary school by the New York State Department of Education. Prerequisite: Chemistry 112. Offered as needed.

491, 492 Research.

This course is open to senior chemistry majors. The student will be assigned an original problem to work on throughout the two semesters and will submit a paper on the work. This work, which includes the use of chemical literature, will be performed under the supervision of one of the faculty members acting as senior RFT advisor. 491 offered fall semester, 492 offered spring semester.

510 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Synthesis.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly. A course in modern inorganic chemistry including theories of chemical bonding, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic synthesis, and selected special topics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 212. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

511 Instrumental Analysis.

Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly. Lecture and laboratory experiments include atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electronanalytical techniques of voltammetry, coulometry, ion-specific electrodes, and separation techniques of gas and liquid chromatography. Prerequisite: Chemistry 214. Offered fall semester.

512 Environmental Analysis.

Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly. On-site analyses including essentials of industrial hygiene as applied to air, water, soil, and food pollution measurements. Offered summer sessions.

517, 518 Biochemistry I, II.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly. An intensive course in the principles of biochemistry including the structure, biosynthesis, and metabolism of bio-macromolecules and their subunits. The laboratory will present the instrumentation and methodology currently used in biochemical analysis and research. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry. Chemistry 517 offered fall semester; 518 offered spring semester.

520 Medicinal Chemistry.

Three hours of lecture weekly. A course in modern medicinal chemistry examining drug interaction with receptors, drug design and discovery, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and formulation issues. The course will incorporate recent publications within the field to illustrate topics covered during the lecture. Prerequisite CH212. Offered spring semester of even-number years.

540 Environmental Pollution and Health. (I)

One unit with an optional laboratory. This course is offered under the Expanding Your Horizon program in spring semester with an experiential learning overseas during the preceding winter break. A course addressing water and air pollution in developing countries with special focus on the emerging groundwater arsenic contamination in a number of countries. Faculty-led field visits to arsenic affected ares in sampling and analysis, household energy, indoor air pollution in rural households and its impact on child and mother health in developing nations. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; open to science and non-science majors. (Course fee to cover overseas trip is required)

591 Special Topics.

A course of varying content dealing with topics selected because of special interest in them and/or because they are not being covered in other courses. (Laboratory fee, when applicable.) Offered as required: consult department chair.

593 Independent Study.

Supervised independent research projects developed by the student, with faculty advisement. Restricted to advanced majors. Offered fall and spring semesters