Contact:
Dr. Bruce Callen
Professor of Physics
Office: (417) 873-7473
bcallen@drury.edu

Physics Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses:
PHYS 200: Environmental Geoscience
PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
PHYS 210: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.
PHYS 211: General Physics I

PHYS 212: General Physics II
PHYS 215: Electronics
PHYS 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PHYS 309: Modern Physics
PHYS 361: Mathematical Methods for Physics
PHYS 390: Selected Topics
PHYS 391, 392: Research
PHYS 397, 398: Internship

400 Level Courses:
PHYS 400: Mechanics I
PHYS 401: Mechanics II
PHYS 411: Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 412: Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 442: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 490: Selected Topics
PHYS 491, 492: Research
PHYS 493: Senior Seminar
PHYS 497, 498: Internship


PHYS 200: Environmental Geoscience. 4 hours.
A study of the interrelationship between humans and the physical environment. The course will focus on natural resources, soils, hydrology and water supplies, erosional processes, karst landscapes, land-use planning, and geologic map interpretation. Includes laboratory. Field work required. Same as ENVR 200, GEOG 200.

PHYS 201: Principles of Physics. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 203. The principles of mechanics, heat, sound and electricity are presented in this one-semester, non-calculus course. The workshop format — integrated lecture with laboratory — emphasizes experiment, data collection, analysis and group work. Not intended for biology, chemistry or physics majors. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENVR 170 or BIOL 171. This course will provide students with a working knowledge of geographic data, data input, data models, spatial analysis, output and the uses of graphic information systems (GIS) in socio-economic and environmental studies. The course utilizes ArGIS software. Course fee required. Same as ENVR 210, GEOG 210.

PHYS 211: General Physics I. 5 hours.
Co-requisite: MATH 231. The principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and some topics from atomic and nuclear physics are presented. Calculus and vector analysis are used extensively. Intended for science majors. The workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, and group work. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 212: General Physics II. 5 hours.
Prerequisite: PHYS 211. The principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and some topics from atomic and nuclear physics are presented. Calculus and vector analysis are used extensively. Intended for science majors. The workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and
analysis, and group work. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered spring semester.

PHYS 215: Electronics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 203. Design, construction and testing of the circuits underlying modern instrumentation, including both analog and digital electronics. Two lectures and one laboratory per week. Offered occasionally.

PHYS 309: Modern Physics. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212. Discussion of relativity, Bohr theory, atomic structure, classical and quantum probability and measurement, wave/ particle duality, radioactivity, nuclear reactions and fundamental particles. Experiments are done to measure gamma ray spectra, the half-life of a radioactive isotope and gamma ray absorption. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 361: Mathematical Methods for Physics. 3 hours.
This course extends students’ physical understanding through the incorporation of advanced mathematical methods. Topics include numerical integration and Gaussian quadrature; special functions, including the Gamma function and applications to quantum mechanics, elliptical functions and the pendulum, and the error function: applications of linear algebra and the eigenvalue problem to classical coupled systems and quantum mechanics; orthogonal functions and solution methods for differential equations

PHYS 400: Mechanics I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 232, PHYS 211, PHYS 212. Particle and rigid body dynamics, moving coordinate systems, rotating bodies, variational principles, Lagrange and Hamilton’s formalism, small oscillations, planetary orbits, Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion. Offered spring semester.

PHYS 401: Mechanics II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PHYS 400. Particle and rigid body dynamics, moving coordinate systems, rotating bodies, variational principles, Lagrange and Hamilton’s formalism, small oscillations, planetary orbits, Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 411: Electricity and Magnetism I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 233, PHYS 211, PHYS 212. Principles and applications of static and moving charges, magnetism, electromagnetic theory and Maxwell’s equations. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 412: Electricity and Magnetism II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PHYS 411. Principles and applications of static and moving charges, magnetism, electromagnetic theory and Maxwell’s equations. Offered spring semester.

PHYS 442: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PHYS 309, MATH 366. A study of the principles of quantum mechanics and applications, operators, differential equations of quantum mechanics, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, one-electron atoms, barrier potentials, tunneling. Offered spring semester.

PHYS 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

PHYS 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

PHYS 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

PHYS 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.