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Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections


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4.22 Physics (PHY)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

PHY 118 - Contemporary Astronomy 4cr

This course introduces students to the science of astronomy through regular observations, hands-on telescope use, location and identification of celestial objects, and photography with cameras, telescopes, and computer imaging equipment. Topics include the solar system, stars and measurements of stars, galaxies, black holes, stellar composition, and stellar evolution. Students also learn the properties of light, color, gravity, Newton's laws, and Einstein's principles. The students participate actively in the observations and measurements of astronomical phenomena. Students are expected to complete at least two 2-hour evening observation sessions throughout the term on Monday or Wednesday evenings as well as regular whole-class observing sessions on Thursday nights.

Natural Science

PHY 121 - Earth, Light, and Sky 4cr

This course gives students ample hands-on opportunity to study conceptual physics, astronomy, earth science, and meteorology. The topics include astronomy, electricity, modern physics, waves and optics, spectroscopy, and a review of forces and motion. Earth science includes the origin and composition of the earth, rocks, minerals, fossils, and meteorites, and meteorology. This course is designed to complement PHY 251 Physics I for those students seeking certification to teach any science at the secondary level. Students are required to schedule two 2-hour observing sessions on Mondays or Wednesdays during the course.

Natural Science

PHY 251 - Physics I 4cr

This course offers an introduction to physics provided through the study of Newtonian physics, energy, thermodynamics, and statistical thermodynamics. Special emphasis is given to contemporary physics--physics developed during the 20th century. Students will learn skills useful in other disciplines as well as physics: laboratory record-keeping, problem solving, and computer simulation. This course is centered around laboratory experience and the importance of learning physics through the observations and measurements in the laboratory.

Natural Science

Prerequisite: MAT 150 Precalculus.

PHY 252 - Physics II 4cr

This course continues PHY 251 Physics I. Topics include electricity and magnetism, electronics, optics, light, and special relativity. Calculus is used.

Natural Science

Prerequisites: PHY 251 Physics I with a C- or better or permission of the instructor; MAT 241 Calculus I.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.