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PHYS 111 Introductory Physics I 3
For students who do not plan to major or minor in science. Includes study of selected topics from mechanics, heat, electricity and light, and modern physics. Not open to students who have received credit for SCI 117. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV
PHYS 113 The Sound of Music 3
An introductory course covering the physical basis of music, sources of sound, transmission and detection of sound waves, characteristics of sensation of sound and their physical correspondents, and general consideration of architectural acoustics. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Spring. Study Area IV
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
Prereq.: MATH 119, or MATH 124, or MATH 115 and 116, or MATH 115 and 125 (prerequisites may be taken concurrently with PHYS 121). Fundamental principles of mechanics and properties of matter; heat and sound. Three lectures and one three-hour lab per week. No credit given to students who have taken PHYS 125. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
Prereq.: PHYS 121. Continuation of PHYS 121. Electricity (DC and AC), magnetism, optics, and atomic phenomena. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to students who have taken PHYS 126. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
Prereq.: MATH 152. Introductory course for science/engineering students which uses calculus. Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, and sound. Three lectures, one recitation, and one three-hour laboratory per week. Credit not given to students who have had PHYS 121. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4
Prereq.: PHYS 125. Continuation of PHYS 125. Study of electricity, magnetism, and optics. Three lectures, one recitation and one three-hour laboratory per week. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV
PHYS 220 Mechanics I 3
Prereq.: PHYS 122 or 126, MATH 222 (may be taken concurrently). Vector formulation of kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics include Newton's laws, momentum, energy, moving coordinate systems, central force motion, and the harmonic oscillator. Irregular.
PHYS 250 Intermediate Lab I 1
Prereq.: PHYS 125, 126 and 220 or 320 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course with experiments performed in mechanics, heat, and thermodynamics. One three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.
PHYS 305 Foundations of Electricity and Magnetism 3
Prereq.: PHYS 220 and MATH 222. Electrostatics, circuit theory, electromagnetic fields of steady and alternating currents, solutions of LaPlace's equation, Maxwell's equations, and propagation of electromagnetic waves. Irregular.
PHYS 320 Heat and Thermodynamics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 122 or 126, MATH 222. Nature and measurement of heat, thermoproperties of matter, thermodynamic processes, and introductory statistical mechanics. Irregular.
PHYS 325 Optics 4
Prereq.: PHYS 122 or 126, MATH 221 (may be taken concurrently). Study of geometrical and physical optics. Topics include lens and mirror theories and applications, interference, and diffraction phenomena including holography and polarization. Matrix methods are employed where applicable. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.
PHYS 331 Electronics I 3
Prereq.: PHYS 122 or 126, MATH 221 (may be taken concurrently). Unified treatment of solid state devices and their applications in filters, regulators, power supplies, oscillators, amplifiers, and control devices. Introduction to digital circuits such as logic gates. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Irregular.
PHYS 332 Electronics II 3
Prereq.: PHYS 331. A continuation of PHYS 331. Digital circuitry including flip-flops, counters, ADC and DAC, shift registers, microprocessor architecture, instruction set, addressing, and interfacing. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.
PHYS 338 Digital Systems Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CS 354 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory experiments and designs that lead to understanding of concepts of digital systems, using logical and sequential networks. One three-hour lab per week.
PHYS 341 Fiber Optic Communication Theory 3
Prereq: PHYS 325. Scientific principles of fiber optics and optical communication systems. Examines fundamental behavior of optical components, device integrations in optical fiber links, and performance characteristics of complex optical links and networks. Irregular.
PHYS 350 Intermediate Lab II 1
Prereq.: PHYS 305 or 425 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course with experiments in electrical measurements and modern physics (Planck's constant, charge to mass ratio of the electron, Milikan's oil drop experiment, etc.). One three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.
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PHYS 425 Modern Physics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 305. Special theory of relativity; quantum aspects of matter and of electromagnetic radiation, Bohr model, nuclear structure, radioactivity. Irregular. [GR]
PHYS 450 Advanced Laboratory 1
Prereq.: PHYS 331, 425. A study of the 400 kV Van de Graaf accelerator, particle detection electronics, and a study of induced nuclear reactions. One three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular. [GR]
PHYS 452 Independent Study in Physics 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Approved plan of study by arrangement with supervising instructor and approval of department chair. Special work in laboratory or theory to meet individual requirements in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May be taken more than one semester up to a limit of 6 credits. [GR]
PHYS 460 Seminar in Physics 1
Prereq.: Senior standing. Through individual readings, discussions, and presentations, students will study contemporary topics in various fields of physics. Capstone requirement for all physics majors in the B.A. and B.S. non-teaching programs. Hours by arrangement. Spring. [GR]
PHYS 470 Quantum Mechanics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 425. Limits of classical physics, wave packets and uncertainty, Schrodinger wave equation, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, one-dimensional potentials, wave mechanics, operator methods. Irregular. [GR]
PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Prereq.: PHYS 470. Three-dimensional Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, radial equation, hydrogen atom, operator matrices and spin, addition of angular momentum, plus additional topics to be chosen by instructor. Irregular. [GR]
PHYS 480 Student Internship in Physics 3
Prereq.: Senior standing and permission of the student's advisor. Students participating in the program will serve as interns, obtaining outside industrial and/or research experiences in an environment directly related to their program. Before commencing work, a plan of the Committee of Physics faculty members. Restricted to physics majors pursuing the B.A. degree. On demand (fall or spring semester).
PHYS 490 Topics in Physics 3
Selected studies in physics which are not offered presently in the curriculum of the department. Course may be repeated for different topics. No topic may be taken for credit more than once. Irregular. [GR]
PHYS 505 Mathematical Physics 3
Prereq.: Undergraduate physics minor; MATH 222. Introduction to basic mathematical methods of theoretical physics, such as linear algebra (matrices), vector analysis, partial differential equations, orthogonal functions, and complex variables presented with physical illustrations. Irregular.
PHYS 511 Classical Mechanics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 425 or permission of chair. Mechanics of continuous media, wave motion, special relativity, and introduction to Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Irregular.
PHYS 519 Advanced Topics in Physics 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor and student's advisor. Combination of lecture, discussion, and laboratory work. May be repeated more than once for credit under different topics. Irregular.
PHYS 542 Advanced Electricity & Magnetism 3
Prereq.: PHYS 425 or permission of chair. Field theory of electromagnetism. Magnetic fields of currents, magnetic materials, electromagnetic induction of Maxwell's equations. Irregular.
PHYS 598 Research in Physics 3
Prereq.: Admission to the MS program in natural sciences, and 15 credits in planned program of study, and permission of instructor. Student will conduct original research in physics including a literature review, project proposal, research presentation, and a report suitable for journal publication. On demand.
PHYS 599 Thesis 3
Prereq.: PHYS 598, permission of the advisor, and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. Plans A, C, D, and E require completion of 18 credits for programs with 30-35 credits, or 24 credits for programs with greater than 35 credits, and a 3.00 overall GPA. On demand.