Physics, B.A./Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Dual Degree Requirements

Department ChairpersonAlessandro Massarotti Office: Shields Science Center 309 Phone: 508-565-1430amassarotti@stonehill.edu

Courses Required to Pursue Aerospace Engineering

Code Course Credits

CSC 103

Computer Science I

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to programming and problem solving using Java. Topics include: Input and Output; Selection; Repetition; Methods; Recursion; Arrays; Classes and Objects.

Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

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CSC 104

Computer Science II

Offered: Spring Semester

Inheritance; Polymorphism; Exceptions; Stream IO; Elementary Data Structures; Graphics; Event Driven Programming.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 103.
Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

4

MTH 125

Calculus I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Calculus of a single variable: functions, limits, derivatives, differentiation rules, applications of derivatives, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, first and second order differential equations. May not receive credit for both MTH 125 and MTH 119.

4

MTH 126

Calculus II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Calculus of a single variable: functions, limits, derivatives, differentiation rules, applications of derivatives, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, first and second order differential equations.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite for MTH 126: MTH 125.

4

PHY 121

Physics I

Offered: Fall Semester

Brief introduction to vectors and basic concepts of calculus; kinematics; Newton’s laws, force, work and power; conservative forces, potential energy; momentum, collisions; rotational motion, angular momentum, torque; oscillations, simple harmonic motion; gravitation and planetary motion; fluid dynamics; kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics; heat capacity and transport.

Corequisite(s): MTH 125.

4

PHY 122

Physics II

Offered: Spring Semester

Brief introduction to the basic concepts of vector calculus, such as line and surface integrals, integral version of Gauss’ theorem and Stokes’ theorem; Coulomb’s law, insulators and metals; electrostatic induction, potential energy; capacitance; currents, resistance, basic circuits, batteries; magnetism and currents; Ampere’s law; motion of free charges in magnetic fields, mass spectroscopy; magnetic induction, Faraday’s law; Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves; geometric and wave optics; light as photons, photoelectric effect.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 125
Corequisite(s): MTH 126.

4

PHY 105

Physics Problem Solving I

Offered: Spring Semester

This series of one-credit courses is meant to help students integrate the knowledge acquired in several physics topics from freshman to senior year. The topics covered range from engineering applications of physics concepts to advanced topics in physics and astrophysics. Students are given complex and multifaceted problems that they can study individually and in groups with the help of the Physics faculty.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 121
Corequisite(s): PHY 122
Each spring semester there will be four separate sections of the course for, respectively, PHY 105 for freshmen, PHY 205 for sophomores, PHY 305 for juniors and PHY 405 for seniors. Seniors will read research papers and present them to the rest of the class.Completion of the four courses will satisfy the Capstone requirement for Physics and Astronomy majors.

1

MTH 261

Multivariable Calculus

Offered: Fall Semester

Continuation of the sequence begun in Calculus I and II. Functions of several variables, analytic geometry, vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integration.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 126.

4

PHY 221

Physics III

Offered: Fall Semester

Mechanical and electrical examples of damped, forced and resonant oscillations; the mechanical wave equation via Newton’s mechanics; the electromagnetic wave equation via Maxwell’s equations; traveling sound and electromagnetic waves; diffraction and interference, geometrical limit of wave optics.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 125, MTH 126, PHY 121 and PHY 122.

4

LC 235

Learning Community: Quantum Waves (WID)

Offered: Year-long Learning Community

With the creation of quantum mechanics in the 1920s, physicists conceived of a new and unexpected kind of wave that is neither a Newtonian (c. 1700) mechanical wave nor a Maxwellian (c. 1860) electromagnetic wave. These mysterious DeBroglie - Schroedinger waves of probability are the essence of quantum mechanics. These waves determine the structure of atoms and molecules, i.e. they are the deepest foundation of both physics and chemistry. While the mathematics of these quantum waves is similar to the classical waves already studied in PHY 221 and MTH 261, the physical, chemical, and philosophical consequences are breathtakingly different.

Corequisite(s): Students must also take MTH 261 and PHY 221 as part of this Learning Community.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

3

PHY 205

Physics Problem Solving II

Offered: Spring Semester

This series of one-credit courses is meant to help students integrate the knowledge acquired in several physics topics from freshman to senior year. The topics covered range from engineering applications of physics concepts to advanced topics in physics and astrophysics. Students are given complex and multifaceted problems that they can study individually and in groups with the help of the Physics faculty.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 221
Corequisite(s): LC 235 - Learning Community: Quantum Waves (WID)
Each spring semester there will be four separate sections of the course for, respectively, PHY 105 for freshmen, PHY 205 for sophomores, PHY 305 for juniors and PHY 405 for seniors. Seniors will read research papers and present them to the rest of the class.Completion of the four courses will satisfy the Capstone requirement for Physics and Astronomy majors.

1

CHM 113

General Chemistry I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The fundamentals of chemistry are covered including: matter and measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

CHM 232

General Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

The course further develops the introductory physical and analytical chemistry initiated in CHM 113, while introducing new topics in order to complete the coverage of all general chemistry concepts. The topics covered include gases, states of matter, solutions, nuclear chemistry, and an in-depth treatment of kinetics and the equilibria of acid-base, solution, and electrochemical reactions.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 (with a grade of C- or better - starts with the Class of 2019) and Sophomore standing or permission of both the Engineering Program Director and the Chemistry Department Chairperson.

4

MTH 251

Linear Algebra

Offered: Spring Semester

The development of the methods and underlying ideas for solving systems of linear equations. Topics include: vectors, matrices, linear transformations, determinants and eigenvectors. Use of mathematical software MAPLE, in applications.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 261.

4

PHY 222

Classical Mechanics

Offered: Fall Semester

Lagrange's equations; central forces; kinematics and equations of motion for rigid bodies; Hamilton's equations; Hamilton-Jacobi equations; small oscillations; elements of fluid dynamics.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 125-MTH 126; and PHY 121-PHY 122.

3

PHY 223

Introduction to Physics Computing

Offered: Offered Periodically

This course teaches how to use software (MATLAB, Mathematica, other) to solve Physics problems. Students learn LaTex, the software used writing research articles. Topics range from the use of derivatives and integrals to complex variables, differential equations, systems of differential equations, partial differential equations and systems, with applications to mechanics, statistical mechanics, wave motion in one and two dimensions and others. We will explore solutions to the wave equations, diffusion equation and Schroedinger's equation.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 221.

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PHY 305

Physics Problem Solving III

Offered: Spring Semester

This series of one-credit courses is meant to help students integrate the knowledge acquired in several physics topics from freshman to senior year. The topics covered range from engineering applications of physics concepts to advanced topics in physics and astrophysics. Students are given complex and multifaceted problems that they can study individually and in groups with the help of the Physics faculty.

Prerequisite(s): LC 235 - Learning Community: Quantum Waves (WID)
Each spring semester there will be four separate sections of the course for, respectively, PHY 105 for freshmen, PHY 205 for sophomores, PHY 305 for juniors and PHY 405 for seniors. Seniors will read research papers and present them to the rest of the class.Completion of the four courses will satisfy the Capstone requirement for Physics and Astronomy majors.

1

PHY 321

Statistical Physics

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the macroscopic view of thermodynamics: temperature, heat, work, entropy, equations of state, engines and refrigerators. Introduction to the microscopic or statistical view: Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions; quantum statistics of bosons and fermions; black body radiation; electronic and thermal properties of quantum liquids and solids.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 121-PHY 122, and PHY 221, LC 235 recommended.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

PHY 420

Engineering Statics

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Introduces students to the basic principles of engineering statics. The course deals with forces acting on rigid bodies under static equilibrium. Topics include forces, force systems, moments, couples, first and second moments of areas and volumes, inertia, centroids, frames and trusses.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 121

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PHY 425

Solid Mechanics

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

The concepts of stress and strain and their relation are introduced. Axially loaded members, temperature effects, torsion, bending, combined loading and stress transformations are studied. Torsion, deflection of beams, stability and buckling of columns are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 121 , PHY 420

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Physics Department Requirements for the 3+2 Engineering Program with The University of Notre Dame

Stonehill College offers an Engineering Program in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame. Here we list the Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Math courses required by our department prior to the transfer to The University of Notre Dame at the end of the junior year.

Successfully completing these courses and finishing the studies at Notre Dame leads to a B.A. in Physics from Stonehill College and a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Notre Dame.

General Education Requirements

In addition to the courses above, students must also fulfill the Cornerstone requirements of Stonehill College before transferring to The University of Notre Dame.

Course work taken in the first year at The University of Notre Dame fulfill the senior capstone requirement of the Stonehill major.