Physics
Department: Physics
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Physics is the science that explores all aspects of the complex interactions of matter and energy, from the forces that bind atoms to those that build bridges. Physicists study and develop concepts that are used in a precise mathematical description of nature and construct experiments to test their ideas. Skills cultivated in a study of Physics include critical reasoning, problemsolving, logical thought, and the ability to clearly communication the value of this work to both peers and the public. Physics is at the core of a liberal arts education in a technological society.
The Physics Program of Emphasis is structured to allow a student to prepare for graduate school or to seek immediate employment. The first two years of physics consists of a broad introduction to the field, providing basic knowledge and initial analytical skill development. Some laboratory work is included to insure contact with concrete phenomena, while the mathematics sequence offers the necessary problemsolving techniques and discipline required for the upperlevel physics courses at Juniata. At the upper level this program trains students in the fundamentals of experimentation and theory.
The program as stated provides minimal preparation for graduate school and many schools would expect more of their entrants. A person starting early in the field and heading clearly toward graduate school needs to develop a program with greater depth. The Department therefore recommends that a serious student take as large a fraction of the elective courses in physics as possible, and, in addition, acquire research experience.Mathematical preparation
Course Number  Title  Credits  Prerequisites  Dist.  Skills 

MA 130  Calculus I 
4

N

QM


MA 160  Linear Algebra 
3

N

QM


MA 230  Calculus II 
4

MA 130 
N

QM

MA 235  Calculus III 
4

MA 230 
N

QM

MA 335  Differential Equations 
4

MA 130, MA 230, MA 235 or MA 233 
N

QM

Physics preparation
Course Number  Title  Credits  Prerequisites  Dist.  Skills 

PC 202 & PC 202L or PC 204 
Introductory Physics I & Lab University Physics 
4
4 
Coreq. MA 130 Coreq. MA 130 & PC 189 
N
N 
QM
QM 
PC 203  Introductory Physics II 
3

PC 202 & MA 130; coreq. PC 203L 
N

QM

PC 203L  Intro Physics Lab II 
1

Coreq. PC 203 
N


PC 189*  Physics Seminar I 
1


PC 289*  Physics Seminar II 
1

PC 189 
N


PC 300  Modern Physics Lab 
3

MA 230 & PC 203; Coreq. MA 235 
N

CW

PC 301  Theoretical Modern Physics 
3

MA 230 & PC 203; coreq. MA 235 
N


PC 307  Advanced Physics Laboratory 
3

PC 300 
N

CW, QS

PC 340  Mathematical Methods in Physics 
3

PC 203 & MA 230 
N


PC 389*  Physics Seminar III 
1

PC 289 
N


PC 402  Quantum Mechanics 
4

MA 235 & either PC 300 or PC 301 or CH 305 
N


PC 410  Mechanics (with permission may substitute Statics & Dynamics) 
4

PC 203 & PC 340 
N


PC 489*  Physics Seminar IV 
1

PC 389  
PC 491  Electricity & Magnetism 
4

PC 203; coreq. PC 340 
N

* In case of course conflicts or study abroad, consult your physics advisor
Elective physics courses
In addition to the required physics and mathematics courses, at least two of the
following must be taken (graduate schools may expect additional courses):
Course Number  Title  Credits  Prerequisites  Dist.  Skills 

PC 209  Electronics 
3

N


PC 239  Nuclear Threat 
4

SO, JR or SR standing 
HN or CA

CW

PC 330  Nuclear Physics 
3

PC 300 
N


PC 350  Thermodynamics 
3

PC 300 & MA 235 
N


PC 430  Optics 
3

PC 300 or PC 301 
N

Total credit hours = 60 or 62
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