PHYSICS PROFESSORS:    
Etan Bourkoff
Sultan Catto
Ramzi Khuri
Peter Orland
  Miriam Sidran
Professor Emerita
Maximiliano Soto
Professor Emeritus
     
     
PHYSICS COURSES DESCRIPTIONS  
These course descriptions, copied from the Undergraduate Bulletin, have no official standing and are repeated here for convenience only. Official course descriptions are posted by the College under the Schedule of Classes.  
   
1003 (3) Concepts in Physics
3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course examines the classical foundations of physics and modern twentieth-century physics. Topics included in the classical foundation are description of motion, free fall, force, weight, and mass; Newton's laws of motion and law of gravitation; momentum; work and energy; the atomic nature of matter; temperature, heat, and energy; and electricity and magnetism. Topics in twentieth-century physics include electronics, wave properties and particle properties of light, photons and the photoelectric effect, the nucleus and Bohr's treatment of the hydrogen atom, the wave nature of matter, X-rays, radioactivity, nuclear structure, and nuclear transformations.
Prerequisite: MTH 0020 or equivalent or departmental approval. MTH 0030 is recommended but not required
2003 (6) General Physics I
3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course is a quantitative study of the principles and techniques of physics. It is the first half of a one-year survey of physics. The following topics are studied: Equilibrium of a rigid body, planar motion of bodies, Newton's laws, work and energy, conservation principles, elasticity and periodic motion, fluid statics and dynamics, temperature, heat, thermodynamics, mechanical waves, sound, and molecular properties of matter. This course is designed for students with an interest in the natural sciences, computers, mathematics, or statistics. (Not open to students who have completed PHY 1003.)
Prerequisite: departmental permission.
   
3001 (2004) General Physics II
3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits
This course is a continuation of Physics 2003. The following topics are studied: special relativity, electricity and magnetism, geometric and physical optics, discovery of electron, photoelectric effect, atomic physics, quantum effects, nuclear physics, fundamental particles, and applications to biological systems and medical instrumentation. (Not open to students who have taken PHY 3006.)
Prerequisite: PHY 2003
2005 Hypercomplex Numbers with Applications in Physics
2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 computer workshop hours; 4 credits
This course builds on basic algebra and deals with various systems of numbers that can be constructed by adding imaginary units to the real numbers with applications in physics. The computer workshop consists of a Unix file server with x-stations running a mathematical package; this allows students to carry on computations on real numbers with the ease of a hand calculator. This coure may not be used to satisfy the base curriculum requirement in Natural Sciences in any of the degree programs at Baruch College.
Prerequisites: MTH 2001 or equivalent and departmental permission.
Pre- or corequisite: PHY 1003 or 2003.
   
3010 Quantitative Physics I
4 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 5 credits
This course is a calculus-based study of the basic principles of quantitative physics. Topics include classical mechanics, gravitation, heat, sound, and relativity. A weekly laboratory will parallel the lectures. (Not open to students who have taken PHY 2003.)
Pre- or corequisites: MTH 2010 and departmental permission.
3020 Quantitative Physics II
4 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 5 credits
This course is a calculus-based study of quantitative physics. Topics include electricity and magnetism (leading up to Maxwell's theory of light), optics, and the elements of atomic physics. A weekly laboratory will parallel the lectures. (Not open to students who have taken PHY 2004.)
Prerequisites: PHY 3010 and departmental permission.
   
5000-5004 Independent Study
Hours and credits to be arranged