Physics

Teaching Faculty

Professor Wright 
Associate Professors Spayde and Tinsley (chair)
Assistant Professor J. Gunderson 
Visiting Assistant Professor Schoelz
Laboratory Teaching Staff Steward

Description

Major in Physics

14 courses distributed as follows:

Physics (9)  

  • 1 course from the following:
              PHYS 210  General Physics I 
              PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) 
              PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop)  
  • 1 course from the following: 
              PHYS 220  General Physics II 
              PHYS 240  General Physics II (Calculus-based)  
              PHYS 245  General Physics II (Workshop)  
  • PHYS 305  Vibrations and Waves 
  • PHYS 315  Modern Physics 
  • PHYS 340   Electronics 
  • PHYS 420  Electrodynamics 
  • PHYS 430  Quantum Mechanics 
  • PHYS 470  Thermal Physics 
  • PHYS 480  Classical Mechanics

Mathematics (3)

  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • MATH 260 Differential Equations

Chemistry (1)

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure and Properties
              or
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry

Electives (1)

  • CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
  • CSCI 150 Foundations of Computer Science
  • CSCI 285 Scientific Computing
  • EDUC 290 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
  • MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 270 Linear Algebra
  • PHYS 450 Directed Research
  • PHYS 490 Topics in Physics

 

Note(s):

PHYS 490 Topics in Physics , MATH 270 Linear Algebra , and CSCI 150 Foundations of Computer Science are useful preparation for graduate study in physics or engineering. All physics majors should do a research project while at  Hendrix. Consult with any physics faculty member about research opportunities.

 

Senior Capstone Experience

 The Senior Capstone Experience for the physics major is a comprehensive examination. Students have two options for the examination. The first option is to take the GRE Physics test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The second option is to take an exam given by the department faculty. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on student performance on one of these examinations.

Major in Chemical Physics

Minor in Physics

7 courses distributed as follows:

 

  • 1 course from the following: 
              PHYS 210  General Physics I 
              PHYS 230  General Physics I (Calculus-based) 
              PHYS 235  General Physics I (Workshop)
  • 1 course from the following: 
              PHYS 220  General Physics II 
              PHYS 240  General Physics II (Calculus-based) 
              PHYS 245  General Physics II (Workshop) 
  • PHYS 305  Vibrations and Waves
  • PHYS 315  Modern Physics 
  • MATH 130  Calculus I 
  • MATH 140  Calculus II 
  • MATH 260  Differential Equations

 

Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

Physics Courses

PHYS 100

PHYS 160

PHYS 170

PHYS 171

PHYS GP1

PHYS GP2

PHYS 210

PHYS 220

PHYS 230

PHYS 235

PHYS 240

PHYS 245

PHYS 305

PHYS 315

PHYS 340

PHYS 420

PHYS 430

PHYS 450

PHYS 470

PHYS 480

PHYS 490

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