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PHYS 1114: Applied Physics

Offered: Fall

A survey of selected topics in physics. The "scientific method", mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat, electricity, sound, light, and nuclear radiation will be studied.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of PHYS 2014, PHYS 2024, PHYS 2114, or PHYS 2124.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 2000: Physics Laboratory I

Co-requisite: PHYS 2014 or PHYS 2114.

PHYS 2010: Physics Laboratory II

Co-requisite: PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124.

PHYS 2014: Physical Principles I

Offered: Fall and summer (on demand).

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1113 or consent of the instructor.

Co-requisite: PHYS 2000

Open to freshmen. A broad survey course emphasizing the understanding of the principles of physics necessary for students not specifically interested in advanced work in physics, chemistry or engineering. Topics include mechanics, heat, sound, wave motion, and fluid mechanics.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 2024: Physical Principles II

ACTS Common Course - PHYS2024

Offered: Spring and summer (on demand).

Prerequisite: PHYS 2014 or permission of instructor.

Co-requiste: PHYS 2010

Continuation of PHYS 2014, covering electricity and magnetism, light, relativity, particle physics, and quantum effects.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 2114: General Physics I

ACTS Common Course - PHYS2034

Offered: Fall

Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 2924

Co-requisite: PHYS 2000

Introductory mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and sound.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 2124: General Physics II

ACTS Common Course - PHYS2044

Offered: Spring

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; prerequisite or co-requisite, MATH 2934.

Co-requisite: PHYS 2010

Introductory electricity and magnetism, wave motion, optics, and elementary quantum concepts.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 3001,3011,4001,4011: Colloquium

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Attendance required of students interested in physics concentration. Discussion of advanced topics in current physical theory. Student presentations are required.

Lecture discussion one hour.

PHYS 3003: Optics

Offered: Spring even years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2124 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to geometrical and physical optics.

Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 3023: Mechanics

Offered: Fall even years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2114

Co-requisite: MATH 3243

The conservation laws. Euler's angles. Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations.

PHYS 3033: Radiation Health Physics

Offered: On demand

Prerequisites: PHSC 1013, PHYS 2014 or CHEM 2124.

Theory and exercises in radiological monitoring techniques, neutron activation analysis, and environmental effects of nuclear reactors.

PHYS 3042: Intermediate Physics Laboratory

Offered: Fall odd years

Prerequisites: PHYS 2114 and 2124

For physical science education majors. This course expands and refines essential content and laboratory skills through the modeling and experimental investigation of topics in both classical and modern physics.

Note: Will not satisfy the physics elective requirement for students majoring in physical science.

Laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 3133: Theory of Electricity and Magnetism

Offered: Spring even years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2124

Gauss's law, potential, Laplace's and Poisson's equations in rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, inductance, capacitance, moving charges, dielectric phenomena, and Maxwell's equations.

PHYS 3143: Electronics

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: PHYS 2124 or ELEG 2113

Amplifiers, power supplies, oscillators, trigger circuits, modulation, and demodulation. Intended to acquaint students with the working principles of the equipment they will use as a physicist.

Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 3153: Solid State Physics

Offered: Fall odd years

Prerequisites: PHYS 2114, 2124; CHEM 2124.

Co-requisite: MATH 3243

An introduction to the physics governing the crystalline state of matter. Modern theories describing lattice vibrations, energy bands, crystal binding, and optical properties are presented. These ideas are then applied to the understanding of technologically important areas such as superconductivity, doped semiconductors, ferroelectric materials, and photorefractivity.

$20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 3213: Modern Physics

Offerd: Spring odd years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2124

Introduction to relativity, wave-particle interactions, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, quantum theory of the hydrogen atom, statistical mechanics, nuclear structure, and elementary particles.

PHYS 3991,3992,3993: Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to significant problems in physics and astronomy. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to three credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

PHYS 4003: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Offered: Fall even years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2124; Prerequiste or co-requisite, MATH 3243.

Applications of the three laws of thermodynamics, partition functions and transport phenomena.

PHYS 4013: Quantum Mechanics

Offered: Fall odd years

Prerequisites: PHYS 3213 and MATH 3243

A formal course in wave and matrix mechanics, designed to enable a student to set up and solve the elementary practical problems of quantum mechanics.

PHYS 4113: Advanced Physics Laboratory

Offered: Spring odd years

Prerequisite: PHYS 3213

An application and investigation of advanced physical topics in the laboratory. Techniques of experimental [engineering] physics, such as computerized instrumentation, vacuum technology, optics, and electron optics will be applied to investigate various areas of advanced physics. Proper data reduction and analysis will be used to yield meaningful measurements. Intended as a culminating course, previous course work is applied to solve problems in the laboratory.

Lecture one hour, laboratory five hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 4213: Advanced Topics in Physics and Astronomy

Offered: Fall even years

Prerequisite: PHYS 2024 or PHYS 2124

Introduction to relativity, elementary particle physics, quantum dynamics, big-bang cosmology, atomic nucleosynthesis, and large scale structure and exotic states of matter such as black holes. Forces and interactions between the building blocks of matter in addition to cosmological models will be studied to gain insight into the complex universe we observe today.

Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. $20 laboratory fee.

PHYS 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Physics

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

PHYS 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to significant problems in physics and astronomy. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.