Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Physics


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. 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 121, or MATH 119, or MATH 124 or MATH 115 and 125 (may be taken concurrently). Fundamental principles of mechanics and properties of matter; heat and sound. Three lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Study Area IV

 

PHYS 122    General Physics II      4

Prereq.:  PHYS 121. A continuation of PHYS 121. Electricity (DC and AC), magnetism, optics, and atomic phenomena. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. 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. 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. 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 339    Computer Electronics I  4

Prereq.:  MATH 152 and junior standing. Study of basic electrical elements leading to an understanding of analog and digital circuits used in computers. For computer science, physical science and life science majors. Not open to students with credit for PHYS 331. Three lecture hours and one three-hour lab per week. Irregular.


PHYS 340    Computer Electronics II 4

Prereq.:  PHYS 339. Investigation of microprocessor devices, architecture, instruction set, addressing, and interfacing. Experimentation with microcomputer systems and peripherals. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.

 

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.


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]

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