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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

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Physics

PHY101 - Applied Physics
Course introduces physics. Content includes mechanical systems, electrical systems, thermal systems; fluid mechanics. Intended for students in technical programs. Prerequisite: MAT 070 or MAT 051 (after summer 2007) or MAT 052, with grade of P, or consent of instructor.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PHY115 - Descriptive Astronomy
Course introduces astronomy. Content includes historical development of astronomy, solar system and planetary motion, physics of motion, electromagnetic radiation and astronomical instruments, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, the big bang, and cosmology. Credit cannot be received in both PHY 115 and PHY 120. Recommended: MAT 070 (formerly MAT 051) or MAT 052 or higher math course.IAI P1 906
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: P1 906

PHY120 - Practical Astronomy
Course introduces astronomy. Content includes historical development of astronomy, solar system and planetary motion, physics of motion, electromagnetic radiation and astronomical instruments, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, the big bang, and cosmology. Laboratory activities include operation of telescopes, observation of solar system and deep sky objects, sky charts, and use of computer based planetarium software. Credit cannot be received in both PHY 120 and PHY 115. Prerequisite: MAT 070 (formerly MAT 051) or MAT 052, each with a grade of P.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PHY131 - College Physics I
Course introduces physics. Algebra and trigonometry are used throughout the course. Content includes kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, energy, momentum, gravity, rotational dynamics, simple harmonic motion, fluid mechanics, and heat. Intended for liberal arts, life science and health science students. Prerequisite: MAT 122 or concurrent enrollment in MAT 122 or consent of instructor. Fee $35IAI P1 900L
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $35
IAI Code: P1 900L

PHY132 - College Physics II
Course continues PHY 131. Content includes sound, mechanical waves, electrostatic forces, capacitance, electric current, voltage, resistance, magnetism, Faraday’s law, electrical instruments and electrical safety; light, geometric and physical optics, and optical instruments. Prerequisite: PHY 131 or consent of instructor.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $35

PHY140 - Fundamentals of Nanotechnology I
Course introduces the nanoworld, including topics in nanophysics, nanochemistry and nanobiology, including forces, fluidics, wave nature of light, atoms and molecules, nanoscale structures, biological function at the nanoscale and practical applications in each field. Hands-on laboratory activities make use of dip-pen nanolithography, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and nanoparticle characterization.Course Prerequisites: MAT 070 or placement into MAT 110, and one year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $50

PHY141 - Fundamentals of Nanotechnology II
Course continues discussion of topics covered in PHY 140 at greater depth, including topics in nanophysics, nanomechanics, nanoelectronics, and nanobiology, including forces, fluidics, wave nature of light, photonics, atomic and molecular bonds, nanoscale structures, unit cells, crystals, quantum mechanics, electronic band structure, conductivity, and thermal properties of materials. Hands-on laboratory activities make use of dip-pen nanolithography, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, nanoparticle characterization, scanning electron microscopy, ulraviolet-visible spectroscopy, nanoparticle synthesis and carbon nanotube synthesis.Course Prerequisites: PHY 140 with minimum grade of C.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $50

PHY142 - Nanotechnology Projects
Course uses project-based learning and team-building techniques to study topics in electronics, photonics, thin films, biotechnology, and procedures for troubleshooting instrumentation. Instrumentation and techniques include, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, nanoparticle characterization, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, ultraviolet-visible and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, basic photonics, photolithography, profilometry, and ellipsometry.Prerequisite: PHY 141 with minimum grade of C.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 4)
Fee: $50

PHY143 - Nanotechnology Internship
Course consists of direct work experience in a nanotechnology-related environment at an approved business or industrial firm applying knowledge and skills learned to daily assigned responsibilities. The student will meet with a nanotechnology instructor who will evaluate their on-the-job technical skills. Arrangements for the work experience will be worked out in conjunction with the nanotechnology coordinator. In addition, the student will discuss work-related situations with the instructor.prerequisite: PHY 141 with minimum grade of C
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 10)

PHY221 - General Physics I
Course presents fundamental elements of physics with quantitative methods utilizing vectors, and differential and integral calculus. Content includes kinematics and dynamics, conservation of energy and momentum, angular momentum, elastic properties of matter, simple harmonic motion, resonance, kinetic theory of gasses, and thermodynamics. Intended for engineering and physical science students. Prerequisite: MAT 250 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor. Fee $35IAI P2 900L
5 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 3)
Fee: $35
IAI Code: P2 900L

PHY222 - General Physics II
Course continues PHY 221. Content includes quantitative methods utilizing differential and integral calculus; mechanical waves and sound, charge, electric field and potential, Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, Faraday’s Law, magnetic properties of matter, inductance, capacitance, electromagnetic radiation, geometrical optics, and physical optics. Prerequisite: PHY 221 with minimum grade of C and MAT 251 or concurrent enrollment in MAT 251.
5 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 3)
Fee: $35

PHY223 - Modern Physics
Course continues PHY 222. Content includes special relativity, classic experiments leading to the development of quantum mechanics, waveparticle duality, wave motion and wave packets, uncertainty principle, Bohr model of hydrogen, Schrödinger equation, infinite and finite square well, quantum harmonic oscillator, tunneling, angular momentum and hydrogen atom, atomic structure, and basic nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHY 222 with minimum grade of C.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $30

PHY230 - Optics
Course is designed to introduce students to the mathematics and applications of physical optics. Topics include the mathematics of waves, electromagnetic waves, photons, various ways that light interacts with matter, the principle of superposition, basic geometric optics, polarization, diffraction, interference and Fourier optics.Prerequisite: PHY 222 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PHY290 - Topics in Physics
Course is designed to meet the special interest needs of physics students. Topics will be offered for variable credit from one to four semester credit hours. Students may repeat PHY 290 up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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