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Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

Intended principally for students in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include: electric charge, electric fields, Gauss's Law, potential, capacitance, electrical current, resistance, circuit concepts, magnetic fields, magnetic and electric forces, Ampere's Law, magnetic induction, Faraday's Law, inductance, Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, elementary geometric optics, wave interference, and diffraction. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 151L and MATH 122 or equivalents. One course.

Introductory Mechanics

The fundamentals of classic physics. Topics include: vectors, units, Newton's Laws, static equilibrium, motion in one and two dimensions, rotation, conservation of momentum, work and energy, gravity, simple and chaotic oscillations. Numerical methods used to solve problems in a workstation environment. Intended principally for non-physics majors in the physical sciences and engineering. Students planning a major in physics should enroll instead in PHYSICS 161L, 162L in their freshman year. Closed to students having credit for PHYSICS 141L or 161L.

General Physics II

The second semester of a calculus-based course for students in health or life sciences. Core topics: electric fields, circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, properties of light, geometric optics, wave optics. Additional possible topics: optical instrumentation, quantum physics, selected applications. Students must enroll in PHYSICS 142LA lecture, lab and discussion sections to receive credit. Closed to students having credit for PHYSICS 152L, 153L or 162D. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 141L, 141LA, 151L, or 161D.

General Physics II

The second semester of a calculus-based course for students in health or life sciences. Core topics: electric fields, circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, properties of light, geometric optics, wave optics. Additional possible topics: optical instrumentation, quantum physics, selected applications. Students must enroll in a lecture (PHYSICS 142L), a lab (PHYSICS 142L9), and a discussion section (PHYSICS 142L9D) to receive credit. Closed to students having credit for PHYSICS 152L, 153L or 162D. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 141L, 151L, or 161D.

General Physics I

First part of a two-semester calculus-based course for students in health or life sciences. Core topics: kinematics, dynamics, systems of particles, conservation laws, statics, fluids, oscillations, waves. Other possible topics: sound, diffusion, thermodynamics, selected applications. For credit, enrollment in PHYSICS 141LA lecture, lab and discussion sections required. Physics majors should enroll in PHYSICS 161D/161L, 162D/162L in their freshman year. Closed to students with credit for PHYSICS 151L, 152L, 161D. Prerequisites: one year of college calculus such as MATH 105L, 106L, 21.

General Physics I

First part of a two-semester calculus-based course for students in health or life sciences. Core topics: kinematics, dynamics, systems of particles, conservation laws, statics, fluids, oscillations, waves. Additional possible topics: sound, diffusion, thermodynamics, selected applications. For credit, enrollment in PHYSICS 141L, and lab and discussion sections (PHYSICS 141L9, 141D) required. Physics majors should enroll in PHYSICS 161D/161L, 162D/162L in their freshman year. Closed to students with credit for PHYSICS 151L, 152L, 161D.

Introduction to Astronomy

How observation and scientific insights can be used to discover properties of the universe. Topics include an appreciation of the night sky, properties of light and matter, the solar system, how stars evolve and die, the Milky Way and other galaxies, the evolution of the universe from a hot Big Bang, exotic objects like black holes, and the possibility for extraterrestrial life. Prerequisite: high-school-level knowledge of algebra and geometry. One course.

See also the Duke Teaching Observatory.

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