PHYSICS 235 - Physics for the Life Sciences II
Fall 2014, Section 100
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Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 126, 240 or 260.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 135; and MATH 115, 120 185, or 295. Students should elect PHYSICS 236 concurrently.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Life is a physical process, limited and enabled by the same laws of nature that govern the inanimate world. This course is the second of a two-course introduction to the physics of life. PHYSICS 135 and 235 is the best introductory physics sequence for students planning concentrations in any of the life sciences, as well as students planning to pursue medicine, kinesiology, or the health sciences as a profession.

PHYSICS 235 is divided into three main topics. You will first learn about electricity and magnetism, the forces responsible for all the chemistry of life. You will learn how electromagnetic interactions enable both a fantastic array of technologies as well as your own nervous system. The second part of the course explores waves and imaging. In it, you will learn how waves transmit energy and information around the universe, and explore how organisms use hearing, vision, and other senses to form images of the world beyond their skin. The course concludes with a discussion of nuclear physics and astrophysics, including the origin of the elements, the conditions that allow life, and the prospects for life existing elsewhere. PHYSICS 235 students should elect PHYSICS 236 (lab).

Students who have completed PHYSICS 135 have met the requirements to continue on with PHYSICS 235.

Course Requirements:

The course grade is based on homework,class performance, three evening exams and a final exam (see "View all Sections" for dates and times).


PHYSICS 235 - Physics for the Life Sciences II
Schedule Listing
100 (LEC)
 In Person
MTuThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Students should elect Physics 236 as the corresponding lab. THREE THURSDAY EVENING MIDTERM EXAMS: OCT 2, OCT 30, & NOV 20, 8-10 PM; FINAL: FRIDAY, DEC 12 7:30-9:30PM
200 (LEC)
 In Person
MTuThF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Students should elect Physics 236 as the corresponding lab. THREE THURSDAY EVENING MIDTERM EXAMS: OCT 2, OCT 30, & NOV 20, 8-10 PM; FINAL: FRIDAY, DEC 12 7:30-9:30PM

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