Courses in Physics

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PHYS 1201 College Physics Laboratory I (1 sem. hour).

Experiments to accompany College Physics I dealing mainly with mechanics, waves, and heat. Corequisite: PHYS 1203. Offered every year in the fall semester.

PHYS 1203 College Physics I (3 sem. hours).

Fundamentals of mechanics, waves, fluids, and selected topics in thermal physics. A non-calculus course intended primarily for majors in the biological and health sciences. Corequisite: PHYS 1201. Offered every year in the fall semester.

PHYS 1211 College Physics Laboratory II (1 sem. hour).

Experiments to accompany College Physics II dealing mainly with current electricity, optics, and modern physics. Corequisite: PHYS 1213. Offered every year in the spring semester.

PHYS 1213 College Physics II (3 sem. hours).

The continuation of College Physics I. Fundamentals of electrostatics, current electricity, magnetism, optics, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 1203. Corequisite: PHYS 1211. Offered every year in the spring semester.

PHYS 2001 General Physics Laboratory I (1 sem. hour).

Experiments to accompany General Physics I dealing mainly with mechanics and wave motion. Corequisite: PHYS 2003. Offered every year in the fall semester.

PHYS 2003 General Physics I (3 sem. hours).

A broad introduction to general physics for students who have taken an introductory calculus course. Main areas covered are mechanics and waves. Specific topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, rotation, equilibrium, wave motion, and sound. Corequisite: PHYS 2001. Prerequisite: MATH 1220. Offered every year in the fall semester.

PHYS 2011 General Physics Laboratory II (1 sem. hour).

Experiments to accompany General Physics II dealing mainly with electromagnetism and optics. Corequisite: PHYS 2013. Offered every year in the spring semester.

PHYS 2013 General Physics II (3 sem. hours).

The continuation of General Physics I. General topics covered are electricity, magnetism, and optics. Specific topics include electrostatics, current electricity, magneto statics, time varying fields, and geometrical and physical optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2003. Corequisite: PHYS 2011. Prerequisite: MATH 2230. Offered every year in the spring semester.

PHYS 3000 Modern Physics (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to the special theory of relativity and its consequences. Black body radiation and the particle aspects of electromagnetic radiation. Fundamentals of quantum physics, introduction to the Schrödinger equation, and simple applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013 and MATH 2230. Offered every year in the fall semester.

PHYS 3010 Applications of Modern Physics (4 sem. hours).

Application of elementary quantum mechanical concepts to explain physical phenomena occurring in atoms, nuclei, and solids. Topics include lasers, molecular structure, bonding in solids, band theory, nuclear structure, radioactivity nuclear fusion, and elementary particles. Prerequisite: PHYS 3000. Offered every other year (even years) in the spring semester.

PHYS 3050 Astrophysics (4 sem. Hours).

This class studies the physical processes governing the behavior of the stars, the galaxies, the origin of the elements, evolution of the stars, and the universe, neutron stars and black holes. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013 and MATH 2230. Offered every other year (odd years) in the fall semester.

PHYS 3200 Advanced Physics Laboratory (4 sem. hours).

Experiments of classical and contemporary importance selected from various fields of physics. Experiments often deal with topics that have not been treated in other courses. Some areas of experimentation include interferometry, microwaves, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 3000. Offered every other year (odd years) in the spring semester.

PHYS 3300 Electronics for Scientists (4 sem. hours).

The emphasis of this course is on analog electronics, including DC and AC circuit analysis, diode circuits, semiconductor devices, amplified circuits, operational amplifiers, and oscillators. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every other year (odd years) in the fall semester.

PHYS 3400 Computational Physics (4 sem. Hours).

In this course we will learn a variety of numerical techniques and how to apply them to problems in physics. This will include the computational solution of various ordinary and partial differential equations. Some of the problems tackled will include realistic projectile motion accounting for air resistance and the rotation of the earth, the problem of gravitational orbits in a three or more body system, chaotic behavior of classical oscillators and the relaxation method to solve the Laplace equation. Familiarity with a computer programming language will help but is not required. The implemented language is taught as part of the course. Offered every other year (odd years) in the spring semester.

PHYS 3500 Classical Mechanics (4 sem. hours).

Dynamics of a single particle, including Newton’s laws, momentum, energy, angular momentum, harmonic oscillator, gravitation, and central force motion. The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013. Corequisite: MATH 3540. Offered every other year (odd years) in the fall semester.

PHYS 3510 Electromagnetism (4 sem. hours).

Fields, conductors, dielectric media, and Laplace’s and Poisson’s equations. Direct and alternating currents, magnetic induction and forces, electromagnetic energy, and Maxwell’s equations with applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 2013. Corequisite: MATH 3540. Offered every other year (even years) in the fall semester.

PHYS 3700–3703 Undergraduate Research (1–4 sem. hours).

The student may continue to study topics of interest through readings and research. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PHYS 3760–3763 Advanced Special Topics or Laboratories in Physics (1–4 sem. hours).

Deals with areas not covered in other physics courses or laboratories. Aimed primarily at juniors and seniors at the intermediate or advanced level. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PHYS 3800–3803 Directed Study (1–4 sem. hours).

The student may begin to study topics of interest through readings and research. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PHYS 3850–3853 Internship (1–4 sem. hours).

Practical experience and training with selected research, educational, governmental, and business institutions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PHYS 4100 Thermal Physics (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics with implications for thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of gases. Topics include density of states, entropy and probability, partition functions, and classical and quantum distribution functions. Prerequisite: PHYS 3000. Offered every other year (even years) in the spring semester.

PHYS 4200 Quantum Mechanics (4 sem. hours).

Postulates of quantum mechanics, operators, eigenfunctions, and eigenvalues. Function spaces, Hermitian operators, and time development of state functions. Schrodinger’s equation in one dimension, harmonic oscillator, rectangular potential barrier, and the WKB approximation. Problems in three dimensions, angular momentum, hydrogen atom, and theory of radiation. Matrix mechanics and spin. Prerequisite: PHYS 3000 and MATH 3540. Offered every other year (odd years) in the spring semester.

PHYS 4902 Similarities in Physics (2 sem. hours).

Analysis of the similarities that occur in many diverse fields of physics by oral and written presentations. Also includes presenting information processed from physical literature. Offered every year during the fall semester until Fall 2017.

PHYS 4912 Senior Seminar (2 sem. hours).

A continuation of the theme in Similarities in Physics. Emphasis is placed on a unified approach to problem solving. Offered every year during the spring semester until Spring 2018.

PHYS HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.