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  • CAS PS 561: The Psychology of Poverty, Wealth, and Economic Inequality
    Explores the impact of poverty, wealth, and economic inequality on individuals, families, and communities and considers how individuals think about, explain, and experience poverty, wealth, and economic inequality. Experimental, survey, interview, and epidemiological research considered.
  • CAS PS 572: Psychology of Women
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: psychology concentrators with senior standing.
    Consideration of research topics in the psychology of women. Topics covered include various stages in the life cycle, women's work and family lives, aspects of victimization, and women's position in the larger society.
  • CAS PY 100: Physics of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one year of high school physics.
    A historical survey of modern physics, focusing on quantum mechanics and relativity as applied to the microworld (subatomic physics) and the macroworld (the early universe). Covers exotic phenomena from quarks to quasars, from neutrinos to neutron stars. For non-science majors. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 103: Cinema Physica
    Conceptual introduction to physical law as portrayed in film. Quantitative understanding using simple estimates, elementary physics, and dimensional analysis. Kinematics; forces; conservation laws; heat and temperature; atoms, molecules and materials. Sample films: Speed; Armageddon; Independence Day; X-Men; The Sixth Sense; Contact. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 105: Elementary Physics 1
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics, mechanics, conservation laws, and heat. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, a discussion section, and a laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 106: Elementary Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 105; or equivalent.
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics; electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, discussion section, and laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 107: Physics of Food/Cooking
    Physical science concepts of thermal physics, and soft matter physics such as phase transitions, gelation, viscosity, elasticity illustrated via cooking. Labs and demos using molecular gastronomy methods of sous-vide cooking, pressure cooking, making desserts, cheese, emulsions, foams, gels, ice creams. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 192: Directed Study in Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS 105.
    For freshman and sophomore physics majors.
  • CAS PY 195: Freshman Seminar for Physicists
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshmen with declared majors in physics.
    Seminar where freshman physics majors learn successful strategies for studying physics and become familiar with BU's policies, procedures, resources, and extracurricular activities. Exploration of research and career opportunities through invited speakers, book discussions, and laboratory tours.
  • CAS PY 211: General Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123; or consent of instructor for students concurrently taking MA 123.
    For premedical students who seek a more analytical course than CAS PY 105/106, and for science majors and engineers. Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, and thermal physics. Lectures, discussion, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 212: General Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211; or consent of instructor for students concurrently taking MA 123.
    For premedical students who seek a more analytical course than CAS PY 105/106, and for science majors and engineers. Basic principles of physics emphasizing electricity, magnetism, and geometrical optics. Lectures, discussion, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 231: The Physics in Music
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: musical performance experience or consent of instructor (no physics prerequisite).
    An introduction to musical acoustics, which covers vibrations and waves in musical systems, intervals and the construction of musical scales, tuning and temperament, the percussion instruments, the piano, the string, woodwind and brass instruments, room acoustics, and the human ear and psychoacoustical phenomena important to musical performance. Some aspects of electronic music are also discussed. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 241: Principles of General Physics 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123.
    Calculus-based introduction to principles and methods of physics. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity are treated. Topics relevant to medical science are emphasized. Ideal for premedical students. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 242: Principles of General Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 241.
    Calculus-based introduction to principles and methods of physics. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity are treated. Topics relevant to medical science are emphasized. Ideal for premedical students. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 251: Principles of Physics 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123; and CAS MA 123 or equivalent.
    Introduction to mechanics, conservation laws, heat, and thermodynamics. Primarily for physics, mathematics, and astronomy majors, but open to other students with a strong background in mathematics. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 252: Principles of Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 251; or equivalent.
    Introduction to electromagnetic radiation and geometrical optics. Primarily for physics, mathematics, and astronomy majors, but open to other students with a strong background in mathematics. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 313: Waves and Modern Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211 ; CAS PY 212 ; CAS MA 124.
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211 ; CAS PY 212 ; CAS MA 124.
    Waves and physical optics, relativistic mechanics, experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, physics of molecules and solids, atomic nuclei and elementary particles. Along with CAS PY 211, 212, PY 313 completes a three-semester introductory sequence primarily intended for students of engineering.
  • CAS PY 351: Modern Physics I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 251 and CAS PY 252; (or CASPY211, CASPY212) and CASMA124.
    An introduction to modern physics including quantum mechanics, classical and quantum statistics, and special relativity. Topics include Schroedinger equation, temperature, entropy, black-body radiation, Lorentz transformations. Labs are a required course component.
  • CAS PY 352: Modern Physics II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 351.
    Continuation of CAS PY 351. An introduction to modern physics including quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics. Labs are a required course component.
  • CAS PY 355: Methods of Theoretical Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 251 ; CAS PY 252 ; CAS MA 225 or CAS PY 211 ; CAS PY 212 ; CAS MA 225; or consent of instructor.
    First and second order ordinary differential equations. Partial differential equations (waves, heat, Schrödinger) and series solutions of differential equations. Vectors and vector calculus. Matrices, matrix algebra, and matrix transformations. Rotations, similarity, unitarity, hermiticity, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.