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Unformatted text preview: Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy Course Descriptions 2010-11 Undergraduate Course Catalog Undergraduate Program Director: Prof. Mohan S. Kalelkar Contents Introductory Courses Courses without Prerequisites Major Requirements Professional Option Applied Option General Option Ocean Physics Option Five-Year Dual Engineering and Physics Degrees Departmental Honors Program Minor Requirements Course Descriptions Introductory Courses The department offers several general introductory sequences, as well as some nontechnical courses listed in the following section. 271-272, 273 Honors Physics with 275-276 Classical Physics Lab is for honors students and well- prepared physics majors. It uses calculus as a pre- or corequisite. 123-124, 227-228 Analytical Physics with 229-230 Analytical Physics Lab is for engineering students and physics majors. It uses calculus as a pre- or corequisite. Engineering students who need extra help or who have nontraditional backgrounds should ask the Engineering Dean's office for permission to take 115-116 Extended Analytical Physics instead of 123-124. There are three introductory sequences for majors in the biological sciences (including premedical curricula), computer science, chemistry, and other sciences, as well as for students who desire an elementary but thorough introduction to physics. All three cover basically the same material, but utilize different teaching techniques and require different levels of mathematical preparation. 203- 204 General Physics with 205-206 General Physics Laboratory require calculus as a pre- or corequisite, and use a lecture/recitation format. 201-202 Extended General Physics is intended for students who need extra help or who have nontraditional backgrounds. Recitations are replaced by cooperative learning workshops, and a laboratory is integrated into the course. 193-194 Physics for the Sciences uses only algebra and trigonometry. Recitations are replaced by cooperative learning workshops, and a laboratory is integrated into the course. 161 Elements of Physics is a one-term noncalculus course intended primarily for pharmacy students, but also suitable for well-prepared liberal arts majors. Courses that are suitable for nonscientists, requiring only high-school algebra, include 106 Concepts of Physics for Humanities and Social Science Students, 109, 110 Astronomy and Cosmology, and 140 The Greenhouse Effect. If there is any doubt about which sequence to take, an adviser in the physics department should be consulted. If a course is taken in one of these sequences, credit cannot also be given for a course (in another sequence) that covers substantially similar topics. Students who wish to switch from one sequence to another should consult a departmental adviser, as should students who change their major or who have advanced standing....
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