Physics Courses

Astronomy, PHYS = 0156

1050-1060. Descriptive Astronomy. 3 hours each. (3;1) Planetary and stellar astronomy; techniques of astronomical measurement; developments related to evolution and systematics of the solar system and the stars. For all students interested in astronomy. Prerequisite(s): proficiency in algebra.

1050. The Solar System. History of astronomy and the physical properties of the earth, moon, planets and minor bodies.

1060. Stars and the Universe. Properties of stars and stellar systems and a study of the origin, evolution and future of the universe.

1051-1061. Laboratory Sequence for Descriptive Astronomy. 1 hour each. (0;1)

1051. The Solar Systems Observations Laboratory. Outdoor laboratory emphasizes the use of the astronomical telescope to observe the moon, planets, comets, etc. The indoor laboratories focus on the use of the planetarium and photographic studies of the moon and planets. This course is designed to accompany PHYS 1050. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1050.

1061. Stellar Systems Observations Laboratory. Outdoor laboratory emphasizes the use of the astronomical telescope to observe the analysis of stellar spectra, globular clusters and their galactic distributions, and classification of galaxies. This course is designed to accompany PHYS 1060. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1060.

Physics, PHYS = 0156

1210-1220. Physical Science. 4 hours each. (3;3) Physical science for non-science majors. May not be used to satisfy the laboratory science requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.

1210. Principles and applications of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and atomic physics.

1220. Principles and applications of chemistry, geology, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography. (Same as CHEM 1220.)

1250. Science and Technology of Musical Sound. 4 hours. (3;3) Nature of vibration, relation to music, sound waves and characteristics; vibratory sources of sounds used in music, stretched strings, air columns, percussive instruments and the voice; noise; musical scales and temperament; mechanics of hearing; electronic recording, reproducing and synthesizing of sound.

1311. Introduction to the World of Physics. 3 hours. Basic principles and concepts of physics for the liberal-arts major necessary to the understanding of: our increasingly technological environment and the science on which it is based; and current ideas concerning the micro world and the universe at large. Topics include: mechanics; properties of matter, heat; sound; electricity and magnetism; light; and atomic, nuclear and fundamental particle physics. Prerequisite(s): proficiency in algebra.

1312. Essential Physics. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Principles and concepts of physics essential to the understanding of modern technological society by the liberal arts major are examined in their cultural context. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, relativity, light, electromagnetic theory, atomic physics, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1312 and admission to CLC Honors.

1331. Introduction to the World of Physics Laboratory. 1 hour. (0;3)Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1311.

1332. Essential Physics Laboratory. Companion laboratory to PHYS 1312. Prerequisite(s): concurrent or prior enrollment in PHYS 1312 and admission to CLC Honors.

1410-1420. General Physics. 3 hours each. (3;0;1) For life science majors and preprofessional students whose programs include an 8-hour technical course without calculus (proficiency in algebra and trigonometry).

1410 (1301). General Physics I. Principles and applications of mechanics, sound and heat. Prerequisite(s): proficiency in algebra and trigonometry.

1420 (1302). General Physics II. Principles and applications of electricity, magnetism, light and atomic physics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1410 or consent of department.

1430-1440. Laboratory Sequence for General Physics. 1 hour each. (0;3) Laboratory to accompany the course sequence 1410-1420.

1430 (1101). General Physics Laboratory I. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1410.

1440 (1102). General Physics Laboratory II. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1420.

1710-2220-3010. General Technical Physics. 3 hours each. (3;0;1) For majors in chemistry, mathematics, physics and pre-engineering.

1710 (2325). Mechanics. Laws of motion; inertia, acceleration, force, energy, momentum and angular momentum. Rotational and oscillatory motion. Gravitation. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1710.

2220 (2326). Electricity and Magnetism. Electric fields, dc and ac circuits, magnetic fields and magnetic induction. Electric and magnetic properties of matter. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1710 and MATH 1720.

3010. Modern Physics. Relativity, quantum physics, atomic structure, properties of matter and nuclear physics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1420 or 2220, and MATH 1710.

1730-2240-3030. Laboratory Sequence for General Technical Physics. 1 hour each. (0;3) Laboratory to accompany the course sequence 1710-2220-3010.

1730 (2125). Laboratory in Mechanics. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1710.

2240 (2126). Laboratory in Wave Motion, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2220.

3030. Laboratory in Modern Physics. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 3010.

2900-2910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Individualized instruction in theoretical or experimental problems. For elective credit only.

3210-3220. Mechanics. 3 hours each. (3;0;1)

3210. Vector treatment of the motion of a particle in one, two and three dimensions; motion of a system of particles; conservation laws; the statics of fluids and solids; the motion of rigid bodies. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2220 and MATH 3410 (may be taken concurrently).

3220. Gravitation; moving coordinate systems; mechanics of continuous media; generalized coordinates and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics; applications of tensors to rotation of rigid bodies; theory of small vibrations. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3210.

3310. Methods of Theoretical Physics. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Application of advanced mathematical techniques to the solution of problems in physics. Vector spaces, matrices, linear transformations, vector calculus, Fourier series and integrals, the Laplace transformation, and special functions. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2220, MATH 2730 (may be taken concurrently) and MATH 3410.

3420. Electronics. 4 hours. (1-3;4-6) Analog and digital electronics, applications and diagnostic techniques. Selections from direct- and alternating-current circuits, and measurements; uses of diodes, transistors, etc., as switches; applications of Boolean algebra; memory and storage devices; counters and shift registers; computer structures and bussing; servo systems and operations amplifiers; digital and analog-digital instrumentation and interfacing with computers. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1420/1440 or 2220/2240, and MATH 1710.

4050. Nuclear Reactor Theory. 3 hours. (3;0;1) A study of neutron transport theory and neutron diffusion mechanics as applied to nuclear fission and reactor core criticality analysis and behavior. Multi-region core configurations and group diffusion theory included. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1720, PHYS 3010/3030 (Same as NUET 4050).

4110. Statistical and Thermal Physics. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Basic probability concepts; statistical description of systems of particles; statistical thermodynamics and thermodynamic laws; macroscopic and microscopic descriptions of systems; phase transformation. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3010/3030.

4150. Experimental Physics I. 3 hours. (1;6) Laboratory experience via use of research-quality instruments. Modern experiments in solid state, atomic and molecular physics. Topics, which may vary, include nonlinear dynamics and chaos in circuits and lasers; SQUIDS and high temperature superconductivity; holography; X-ray diffraction; and electron scanning microscopy. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3010/3030.

4160. Experimental Physics II. 3 hours. (1;6) Experimental techniques of precision measurements in nuclear and atomic physics. Topics, which may vary, cover recent developments in modern physics suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Rutherford scattering, low energy nuclear reactions; ion-induced innershell ionization at MeV energies; nuclear magnetic resonance to obtain local electronic structure; magnetic transport and magneto-optics; and modern techniques in surface analysis (ion sputtering). Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3010/3030.

4210. Electricity and Magnetism. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Vector treatment of static electric and magnetic fields in free space, multipole field distributions, boundary value problems, fields in material media, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2220/2240.

4220. Electromagnetic Waves. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Maxwell's equations; plane and spherical waves; reflection, refraction, guided waves, radiation and scattering. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4210.

4310. Quantum Mechanics. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Origins of the modern theory of atomic structure; Schroedinger's formulation of non-relativistic, single-particle quantum mechanics and application to simple systems; the one-electron atom. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3010/3030.

4350. Advanced Modern Physics I. 3 hours. Introduction to various quantum mechanical models of atomic and molecular structure and spectra. Hydrogen atom and simple spectra; external fields, line splitting; line broadening; addition of angular momentum and spin; effective fields, variational method; Hartree and Hartree-Fock theory; structure and spectra of multielectron atoms; Rydberg atoms; molecular binding; rotational, vibrational and electronic states and spectra of diatomic molecules. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4310.

4360. Advanced Modern Physics II. 3 hours. Comprehensive study of nuclear structure and dynamics; survey of particle physics; properties of the nuclear force; interpretation of experimental data via specific many-body models; interaction of radiation with matter; classification of particles and nuclei; scattering theory; conservation laws and symmetry; and contemporary results. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4350.

4420. Physical Optics. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Huygens' principle and application to geometrical optics; interference phenomena; Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction; polarization; electromagnetic theory of light and interaction with matter. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2220/2240.

4500. Introduction to Solid-State Physics. 3 hours. An introduction to the major areas of solid-state physics, including crystal structure and symmetry, lattice vibrations and phonons, thermal properties, energy bands, semiconductors, superconductivity, and magnetic properties. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4310.

4550. Modern Classical Dynamics. 3 hours. Introduction to nonlinear dynamical systems; onset of chaos, phase space portraits, universality of chaos, strage attractors, experimental verification, fluid dynamics and the KAM theorem. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3220.

4600. Computer Based Physics. 3 hours. Computer programs will be written and used to solve equations of motion and display the evolution of complex physical phenomena. Examples will be drawn from mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics and quantum mechanics. Numerical techniques, display algorithms and languages will be developed as needed. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3010, MATH 2730.

4710. Foundations of Theoretical Physics. 3 hours. Overview of topics in theoretical physics. Symmetry; mechanics: Newton's laws, celestial mechanics, Hamiltonian formalism; electromagnetism: Maxwell's equations, nonlinear optics and classical field theory, quantum optics, lasers, chaotic, diffraction; quantum mechanics: measurements and scattering theory; statistical physics: entropy, equilibrium statistical mechanics; and contemporary areas: fractals, chaos and nonlinear dynamics. Topics may vary. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4210, 4310; PHYS 4110, which may be taken concurrently.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Must have the consent of the faculty member prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

4960-4970. Science Institute (Physics). 1-6 hours each. For students accepted by the university as participants in special institute programs. May be repeated for credit but not to exceed a total of 6 hours in each course.

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