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Physics Course Pages Spring 2014

PHYS 212 - Classical and Modern Physics

PHYS 235 - Applied Electronics

PHYS 310 - Experimental Physics

141

PHYS 141. Secrets of the Universe. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
The great ideas of 20th-century physics (symmetry principles, relativity, and quantum mechanics) and their application to cosmology and the evolution of the universe. Also, historical development and philosophical implications of these ideas. Designed for non-science majors. No prerequisite. Not open to students who have successfully completed a 200-level physics course.

142

PHYS 142. Light and Vision. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
Particle and wave theories of light, cameras and optical instruments, the visual process, lasers, and optical communications. Designed for non-science majors. No prerequisite. Not open to students who have successfully completed a 200-level physics course.

144

PHYS 144. How Things Work. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
This course introduces the ideas of physics in the context of everyday phenomena, including common inventions and topics in medicine, sports, and music. Designed for non-science majors. No prerequisite. Not open to students who have successfully completed a 200-level physics course.

147

PHYS 147. Energy and Sustainability. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
Examination of energy, its transformations, its effects on resource depletion, and environmental degradation. Models of sustainability for transportation, architecture, waste management, and personal lifestyle choices. Designed for non-science majors. No prerequisite. Not open to students who have successfully completed a 200-level physics course.

211

PHYS 211. Classical and Modern Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:5
Newtonian mechanics, relativity, waves, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics in modern physics. Corequisite: MATH 201.

211E

PHYS 211E. Classical and Modern Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:4,Other:3
Same topics as PHYS 211 with more emphasis on mathematical modeling, computer applications and extensions of the theory. Fourth hour to be used for guest speakers, computer lab time, testing, and other problem solving. This course is intended for students with a strong background in mathematics and physics. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Corequisite: MATH 201.

212

PHYS 212. Classical and Modern Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:5
Newtonian mechanics, relativity, waves, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and special topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 211E or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: MATH 202 or another mathematics course numbered above 202.

212E

PHYS 212E. Classical and Modern Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:4,Other:3
Same topics as PHYS 212 with more emphasis on mathematical modeling, computer applications and extensions of the theory. Fourth hour to be used for guest speakers, computer lab time, testing, and other problem solving. This course is intended for students with a strong background in mathematics and physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 211 or PSYS 211E and permission of the instructor. Corequisite: MATH 202.

221

PHYS 221. Classical Mechanics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
Newtonian mechanics including conservation laws, rotational dynamics, forced damped harmonic motion, and coupled oscillations. Prerequisites: PHYS 211 (or PHYS 211E) and MATH 202.

222

PHYS 222. Wave Mechanics and Quantum Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:4
Physics of coupled oscillations and waves, including classical wave equation. Wave-particle duality; origin and elementary applications of quantum mechanics; the Schroedinger wave equation; atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 212 (or PHYS 212E) and MATH 211.

235

PHYS 235. Applied Electronics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:4
Circuit fundamentals, linear and digital integrated circuits, transducers, analog to digital conversion, filtering, Fourier methods, microcomputers, and computer interfacing. Designed for science and computer science majors. Prerequisite: PHYS 212 (or PHYS 212E). Open to electrical engineering students by permission only.

301

PHYS 301. Astrophysics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to general astrophysics covering mechanics of orbiting bodies, radiation laws, stellar spectra, stellar atmospheres, the internal constitution of stars, stellar energy, galaxies, and cosmology. Prerequisites: PHYS 222 and MATH 212. Crosslisted as ASTR 301.

303

PHYS 303. Modern Optics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, quantum optics, optical properties of matter, lasers and holography. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or permission of the instructor.

309

PHYS 309. Condensed Matter Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Crystal structure, phonons, free electron theory of metals, band theory, semi-conductors, magnetism, superconductivity and superfluidity, liquid crystals and other special topics. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or permission of the instructor.

310

PHYS 310. Experimental Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:1,Other:5
Methods and techniques used in experimental and computational physics, including data analysis and numerical methods, use of standard research equipment, and documentation of laboratory work emphasizing written and oral communication of scientific results. Experiments include topics in astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, nonlinear dynamics, optics, and phase transitions. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or permission of the instructor.

317

PHYS 317. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic functions, kinetic theory of gases, statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 212 (or PHYS 212E) and either PHYS 221 or PHYS 222, or permission of the instructor.

331

PHYS 331. Advanced Classical Mechanics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Kinematics and dynamics of particles, systems, and rigid bodies. Hamilton's principles, Lagrange's equations, theory of small vibrations, orbital mechanics, accelerated frames, and nonlinear dynamics. Prerequisites: PHYS 221 and MATH 212, or permission of the instructor.

332

PHYS 332. Quantum Mechanics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Basic postulates and applications, perturbation theory, angular momentum, scattering theory, relativistic effects. Prerequisites: PHYS 221, PHYS 222 and MATH 211, or permission of the instructor.

333

PHYS 333. Electromagnetic Theory I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Classical electromagnetic theory, including scalar and vector potentials, electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-dependent fields, and culminating with Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 212 (or PHYS 212E) and MATH 211.

334

PHYS 334. Electromagnetic Theory II. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Continuation of PHYS 333. Electromagnetic waves, radiation theory, theory of relativity, and elements of plasma physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 333.

336

PHYS 336. Mathematical Methods in Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Topics will include two or three of the following: complex variables, special functions, tensor analysis, group theory, partial differential equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 221 and PHYS 222, MATH 212 and MATH 245, or permission of the instructor.

337

PHYS 337. Contemporary Problems in Physics. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:Varies; Repeatable
Seminar or independent study in areas of current interest in the physics community. Prerequisite: permission of the department.

339

PHYS 339. Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Particle Physics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Advanced topics in quantum mechanics including applications to elementary particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 332.

350

PHYS 350. Undergraduate Research. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:Varies; Repeatable
Undergraduate research. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

3NT

PHYS 3NT. Physics Non-traditional Study. 1-4 Credits.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:4
Nontraditional study in Physics.

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