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Pre-Engineering Physics

Einstein and O’Shaughnessy. Newton and Bandel. What’s the link between these sets of physicists and engineers? You. You’ll get your physics degree at the same time you’re preparing for a career in engineering. If you want to build a new electronic device, come up with an original bridge design, or invent new nanophotonic materials, there’s no better supplement to a student of structures than a concentration in the science that governs, among other things, what’s possible to build. At Loyno, we’ll teach you the rules of electricity, magnetism, gravity and motion, so that you can make a career out of designing structures that defy them.


Overview of Courses

In your first three years here, you’ll take core physics courses, including lectures and labs for hands-on experience. You’ll then take engineering coursework at another university to complete the program. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • Introduction to Electromagnetism and Relativity This freshman course discusses electric and magnetic phenomena. It culminates in an elementary treatment of Maxwell’s equations. The course also discusses Einstein’s special theory of relativity and its consequences to near-speed-of-light travel.
  • Introduction to Waves and Quantum Physics This sophomore course introduces students to the wonderfully weird world of quantum particles. After some preliminary treatment of wave phenomena, the course focuses on experimental foundations of quantum physics. Finally, it discusses the Schrödinger equation and the different interpretations of quantum mechanics.
  • Cosmology This course combines observation results and theory to teach students about our universe (the space curvature, dark energy, dark matter etc.). It traces back the universe’s history, from the earliest moments till the formation of large scale structures that we see in our night sky, the stars and galaxies.
  • Advanced Laboratory Physics Students conduct experiments not ordinarily done at the elementary level. Experiments are performed in such areas as electronics, mechanics, atomic physics and spectroscopy

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Curriculum

  • PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics
  • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab
  • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism
  • PHYS A104 Electricity and Magnetism Lab
  • PHYS A120 Introduction to Physics and Engineering
  • PHYS A240 Introduction to Waves and Quantum Physics 
  • PHYS A241 Introduction to Thermal Physics
  • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS A350 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS A445 Advanced Laboratory Physics
  • PHYS A450 Quantum Mechanics
  • Plus 16 credit hours of math

 

Physics Course Information

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