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PHY 105 Environmental Geology (3)
Examination of geologic processes and hazards that influence human activities and the geologic aspects of pollution and waste-disposal.
PHY 107 Environmental Geology Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: PHY 105-Environmental Geology.
Exercises focus on environmental and social issues relevant to environmental problems and the effects of human interaction in geologic processes.
PHY 111 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
Introduces the basics in a variety of scientific disciplines including classical (Newtonian) physics, energy, matter and heat, wave behavior, electricity and magnetism, modern physics (the atom and nucleus), geology, and astronomy. Basic high school math/algebra is utilized in portions of this course.
PHY 113 Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: Preceded or accompanied by PHY 111.
Laboratory reinforces topics discussed in Physical Science lecture (PHY 111) by utilizing hands-on experimentation.
PHY 125 Introduction to Physical Geology (3)
Introduces a basic understanding of topics in physical geology including the unifying theory of plate tectonics, discussions of Earth materials (rocks and minerals), internal processes (volcanism, earthquakes), surface processes (surface and ground water, weathering, erosion), and geologic time. Campus outings will be incorporated to emphasize Missouri geology.
PHY 127 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: Preceded or accompanied by PHY 125.
Laboratory reinforces topics discussed in Physical Geology lecture (PHY 125) by utilizing practical experimentation and observations.
PHY 130 Astronomy (3)
Nonmathematical introduction to astronomy designed primarily for non-science majors. Topics include the history and cultural impact of astronomy, properties of solar system, and stellar structures. Supplemented by occasional hours of evening observation.
PHY 131 Astronomy Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: Preceded or accompanied by PHY 130 - Astronomy.
Analysis and interpretation of astronomical data and observations with telescopes. No prior knowledge of astronomy assumed.
PHY 145 Historical Geology (3)
Corequisites: PHY 147
Introduces an understanding of the history of Earth"s development including identification and interpretation of sediments, sedimentary rocks and rock structures, environments of deposition, major tectonic and depositional events of North America, and the evolution of life. Campus outings will be incorporated to emphasize Missouri geology.
PHY 147 Historical Geology Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: PHY 145
Exercises in interpreting Earth's history by examination of sediments, sedimentary rocks, geologic time, and identification and taxonomic classification of fossils.
PHY 150 General Physics I (3)
Prerequisites: MAT 150 or MAT 158 or MAT 162
Corequisites: PHY 153
Survey of kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotational motion, fluids, and thermodynamics. Non-calculus in approach. Three hours of lecture-recitation and two hours of laboratory per week.
PHY 151 General Physics II (3)
Prerequisites: PHY 150, PHY 153
Corequisites: PHY 154
Begins with wave motion, but emphasis on electricity and magnetism. Treats geometric and wave optics. Non-calculus in approach. Three hours of lecture-recitation and two hours of laboratory per week.
PHY 153 General Physics I Laboratory (1)
Corequisites: PHY 150
Experimental component of PHY 150.
PHY 154 General Physics II Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: PHY 150, PHY 153
Corequisites: PHY 151
Experimental component for PHY 151.
PHY 250 Engineering Physics I (5)
Prerequisites: MAT 180
Calculus-based course that teaches fundamentals of mechanics, heat and sound. First of a two-semester sequence required for physical sciences and engineering degrees.
PHY 251 Engineering Physics II (5)
Prerequisites: MAT-230 and PHY-250
A calculus-based course that teaches that fundamentals of electricity, magnetism and optics. Second in a two-semester sequence required for physical sciences and engineering degrees.
PHY 290 Undergraduate Research (1-3 hrs)
Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.
Introduction to research techniques and methods used in scientific experimentation. Summer