Wayne State University

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University offers a large array of courses designed to support its undergraduate and graduate academic programs. There are also courses designed for non physics or non science majors desiring to acquire some background in science literacy and/or wishing to satisfy the University General Education Requirements in Science. Note that most of these courses are taught by our experienced Faculty. 

Browse the following links to learn more about our courses. Please contact us if you require additional information. 

 

Syllabi

Course syllabi are available here

Physics - Spring-Summer 2017

PHY 1020 - (PS) Conceptual Physics: The Basic Science

Physical concepts and practical applications to everyday life of the basic principles of motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Lectures, demonstrations and optional laboratory; laboratory is strongly recommended. Credits: 0

PHY 2130 - (PS) General Physics

For general Liberal Arts and Sciences students and for students preparing for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and health sciences. Mechanics, thermal physics, wave motions, and optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2131 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in mechanics, thermal physics, wave motions and optics. Credits: 1

PHY 2140 - General Physics

Continuation of PHY 2130. Electricity, magnetism and introduction to modern physics. Credits: 0

PHY 2141 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Credits: 1

PHY 2170 - (PS) University Physics for Scientists I

For students specializing in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics or engineering. Statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, solids and fluids, vibrations and wave motion, thermodynamics. Credits: 0

PHY 2171 - University Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, optics, continuum mechanics, thermodynamics. Credits: 1

PHY 2175 - (PS) University Physics for Engineers I

For students specializing in engineering. Statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, solids and fluids, vibrations and wave motion, thermodynamics. Credits: 0

PHY 2180 - University Physics for Scientists II

Electric forces and electric fields, electrical energy, capacitance, current, resistance, direct current circuits, magnetism, induced voltage and inductance, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2181 - University Physics Laboratory II

Laboratory experiments in electrostatics, currents and circuit elements, magnetic fields, magnetic induction, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, interference of waves. Credits: 1

PHY 2185 - University Physics for Engineers II

Electric forces and electric fields, electrical energy, capacitance, current, resistance, direct current circuits, magnetism, induced voltage and inductance, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2210 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory for PHY 2170 and PHY 2180. Credits: 1

PHY 3990 - Directed Study

Primarily for students who wish to continue in a field beyond material covered in regular courses, or who wish to study material not covered in regular courses, including certain research participation. Credits: 1

PHY 5990 - Directed Study

Primarily for students who wish to continue in a field beyond material covered in regular courses, or who wish to study material not covered in regular courses, including certain research participation. Credits: 1

PHY 7990 - Directed Study

Application forms available in department office. Primarily for graduate students in physics who wish to study material not covered in regular courses. Credits: 1

PHY 7996 - Research in Physics

PHY 7999 - Master's Essay Direction

PHY 8999 - Master's Thesis Research and Direction

PHY 9990 - Pre-Doctoral Candidacy Research

Research in preparation for doctoral dissertation. Credits: 1

PHY 9991 - Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9992 - Doctoral Candidate Status II: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9993 - Doctoral Candidate Status III: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9994 - Doctoral Candidate Status IV: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9995 - Candidate Maintenance Status: Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction