Yearly Course Schedule

Please find below our schedule of course offerings — and Special Topics courses:

Spring 2018

  • PHYS-100 Physics for the Modern World
  • PHYS-200 Physics for the New Millennium
  • PHYS-205 General Physics II
  • PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II
  • PHYS-220 Astronomy
  • PHYS-230 Changing Views of the Universe
  • PHYS-310 Electronics
  • PHYS-351 Waves and Optics
  • PHYS-380 Math and Comp Physics
  • PHYS-450 Electricity and Magnetism

 

Selected Special Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics for PHYS-396 vary by section and may be repeated for credit with different topic, for example:

Biophysics

This interdisciplinary course will focus on applying the principles of physics to biological systems to explain phenomena such as friction and diffusion in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics applied to biophysical systems, and a survey of biophysical techniques and applications.

Cosmology

Examines the current model of the universe, including Big Bang and early universe physics, inflation, darker matter, and dark energy, within the framework of Einstein's theory of General Relativity and the standard model of particle physics. The course also explores related topics, including black hole physics and the fate of the universe.

Physics and Public Policy

Examines intersection of public policy concerns like energy, electricity, or nuclear physics with Physics topics including magnetism, radioactive decay, fission, electromagnetic radiation, sound, gravitation, optics, and Newton's laws. These interaction impact issues of alternative energy sources, nuclear proliferation, quantum cryptography, and satellite observations of the Earth.

Course Descriptions

For sample syllabi, please contact physics@american.edu.

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