2010-11 Course Descriptions

PHYS - Physics
Department of Physics (CAS)

PHYS 101 Astronomy (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Covers history, development, observational techniques, solar, planetary, stellar, galactic, and cosmological aspects of astronomy. Requires some observation and lab work. Requires some observation and lab work. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements. For non-science majors. 

PHYS 102 Physical Science (3-0-3), spring. Topics include scientific methods, matter and energy, laws of motion, light, basic relativity theory, structure of the atom, nuclear power and processes, chemical reactions, and others. Applications to societal issues such as pollution, energy resources, medicines, and consumer goods will also be mentioned. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements. For non-science majors. 

PHYS 110 General Physics I (3-0-3), fall, summer. Principles of mechanics, heat, and sound. An algebra-based physics course, designed primarily for liberal arts and pre-medical and pre-dental students. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 111 is highly suggested. Prerequisite: MATH 109, 124, or 185. 

PHYS 111 General Physics I Laboratory (0-2-1), fall, summer. 

PHYS 112 General Physics II (3-0-3), spring, summer. Electricity, magnetism, light, biophysics, and some modern physics. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 113 is highly suggested. Prerequisite: PHYS 110. 

PHYS 113 General Physics Laboratory II (0-2-1), spring, summer. 

PHYS 120 Engineering Physics I (3-0-3), fall. Mechanics of particles, rigid bodies, fluids, and wave motion. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 121 is required. Prerequisite: calculus or concurrent enrollment in MATH 185. 

PHYS 121 Engineering Physics Laboratory I (0-3-1), fall. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 120. 

PHYS 122 Engineering Physics II (3-0-3), fall. Heat, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 123. Prerequisites: PHYS 120/121. 

PHYS 123 Engineering Physics II Laboratory (0-3-1), spring. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 122. 

PHYS 230 Modern Physics (3-0-3), fall. Special relativity, invariance principles, foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic spectra, molecular physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Laboratory emphasizes atomic and nuclear physics. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 231. Prerequisites: PHYS 122/123. 

PHYS 231 Modern Physics Laboratory (0-3-1), fall. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 230. 

PHYS 335 Introduction to Electronics (2-0-2), spring. Basic electrical measurements and devices, introductory electronics. Emphasis on lab work. Intended for those who will use electronic instruments and methods in their profession. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 336. Prerequisite: calculus or concurrent enrollment in MATH 186. Same as ENGR 335. 

PHYS 336 Introduction to Electronics Laboratory (0-3-1), spring. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 335. Same as ENGR 336. 

PHYS 342 Instrumentation (2-0-2), fall, even years. The study and use of the microprocessor in laboratory instrumentation and control. Topics include hardware, interfacing problems, and microprocessor control. Laboratory features computer hardware. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 343. Prerequisites: 335/336. 

PHYS 343 Instrumentation Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, even years. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 342. 

PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism (3-0-3), spring. Electronics magneto-statics, circuit, theory, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic field theory, dielectrics, displacement current, current density, Poynting vector, scalar, and vector potentials. Prerequisites: MATH 286, PHYS 230/231, and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 385. 

PHYS 362 Optics (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Light, lenses, aberrations, diffraction, interference, polarization, resolving power, coherence, Fourier transforms, spectroscopy. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 363 is required. Prerequisites: PHYS 122/123; MATH 186. 

PHYS 363 Optics Laboratory (0-4-1), spring, odd years. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 362. 

PHYS 371 Classical Mechanics (3-0-3), fall. Vector methods of static systems of forces, couples and moments, particle dynamics, rigid body dynamics, work, kinetic and potential energy, momentum and the conservation laws, and Hamilton and Lagrangian methods. Prerequisites: PHYS 230/231; concurrent enrollment in MATH 361. 

PHYS 378 History and Philosophy of Science (3-0-3), fall, odd years. A study of Newtonian physics, evolution, thermodynamics, quantum theory, relativity, and the impact of these sciences on religion, philosophy, literature, the arts, and the social sciences. Same as PHIL 378. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements. For non-science majors. 

PHYS 379 Philosophy, Religion and Science (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A study of the relations of God, humans, and nature from the perspectives of philosophy, religion and science. Emphasis on the mutual impacts of science and religion. Same as PHIL 379. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements. For non-science majors. 

PHYS 385 Math of Physics and Engineering (3-0-3), fall. Partial differential equations and boundary value programs, orthogonal functions, complex variables, Green's functions, and matrix theory. Prerequisite: MATH 361. 

PHYS 388 Network Analysis (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Active and passive electrical networks, time and frequency domains, Fourier and Laplace transform techniques, and some non-linear circuits. Prerequisite: MATH 361. Same as ENGR 388. 

PHYS 451 Computational Physics I: Simulation and Modeling (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Advanced techniques of computing in physics, including error analysis, data fitting and analysis, adaptive quadrature and Monte Carlo methods, ordinary and partial differential equations, and finite element techniques, all with an introduction to parallel programming techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 341 and 377 and at least one of PHYS 360, 371, or 491. 

PHYS 453 Computational Physics II: Pattern Recognition (3-0-3), spring, even years. Introduces pattern recognition methods and applications: decision theory, Principal Component Analysis, neural networks, linear and non-linear discriminant functions, supervised and unsupervised learning, feature extraction, Hidden Markov Models, Kalman Filters, and related methods in the area of applied computing. Prerequisites: MATH 377, PHYS 230. 

PHYS 461 Nuclear Physics (3-0-3), spring, even years. Nuclei and nuclear constitutents; symmetries and conservation laws; electromagnetic, weak, and hadronic interactions; nuclear models. Prerequisites: PHYS 230/231. 

PHYS 472 Solid State Physics (3-0-3), fall, even years. Crystal symmetry and structures, elastic properties of solids, crystal bonding, lattice dynamics, and specific heat, optical, and electrical properties of solids. Prerequisites: PHYS 230/231. 

PHYS 481 Thermodynamics (3-0-3), fall, even years. The laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, entropy, enthalpy, ensembles, statistical methods, and applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 230/231; MATH 361. 

PHYS 482 Topics in Physics (3-0-3), on demand. Studies in topics or techniques of current interest in physics and astronomy. 

PHYS 491 Quantum Mechanics (3-0-3), spring. A beginning course in quantum mechanics covering wave mechanics, Fourier methods, Hamilton's equation and Schroedinger's equation and applications, barrier problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, atomic and molecular physics, perturbation, and scattering theory. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: PHYS 230/231, and PHYS 385. 

PHYS 493 General Relativity (3-0-3), fall, odd years. The geometric approach to the special relativity, basic tensor calculus and geodesic motion, and fundamental solutions to Einstein's equation: Schwarzschild and black holes, and FRW and big-bang cosmology. Prerequisite: PHYS 230/231. Corequisites: PHYS 385 or MATH 361. 

PHYS 499 Research (3-0-3), by arrangement. Research problems in physics and astronomy. Consult the faculty member with whom the student wishes to work for details.

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