Physics (3650)

Physics (3650)

130 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY 4 credits
Qualitative introduction to astronomy, intended primarily as a first science course for non-science majors. Includes laboratory and observational activities.
133 MUSIC, SOUND & PHYSICS 4 credits
Qualitative introduction to the physics of sound, its properties, perception and reproduction, including acoustical principles of musical instruments. Laboratory and observational activities included.
137 LIGHT 4 credits
Introductory, qualitative course dealing with the nature of light and the interaction of light with various materials to produce common visual effects. Laboratory activities provide experience in scientific investigation.
261 PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES I 4 credits
Prerequisites: high school algebra, trigonometry or 3450:149 as corequisite or permission. Introductory course for professional work in biology and health professions and services. Emphasizes life science applications. Mechanics: laws of motion, force, torque, work, energy, power; properties of matter: gases, liquids, solids, fluid mechanics. Includes laboratory activities.
262 PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES II 4 credits
Prerequisite: 261. Laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory. Wave phenomena: sound, light, optics; electricity and magnetism; atomic and nuclear physics; radioactivity. Includes laboratory activities.
267 LIFE SCIENCE PHYSICS COMP I 1 credits
Corequisites: 261 (with 267); 262 (with 268). Optional companion courses to 261,2 provides additional computational experience in applications of physics to life sciences, emphasizing use of algebra and trigonometry. Particularly recommended for student with modest mathematical preparation.
268 LIFE SCIENCE PHYSICS COMP II 1 credits
Corequisites: 261 (with 267); 262 (with 268). Optional companion courses to 261,2 provides additional computational experience in applications of physics to life sciences, emphasizing use of algebra and trigonometry. Particularly recommended for student with modest mathematical preparation.
291 ELEMENTARY CLASSICAL PHYSICS I 4 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of 3450:221 with a passing grade. Introductory physics for students of science and engineering. Classical kinematics and dynamics as related to contemporary physics. Oscillations, thermodynamics. Vectors and some calculus introduced as needed. Includes laboratory activities.
292 ELEMENTARY CLASSICAL PHYS II 4 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of 291 with a passing grade. Fluid mechanics, mechanical and electromagnetic waves and wave phenomena, basic laws of electromagnetism, interference and diffraction, coherence, geometrical and physical optics. Includes laboratory activities.
293 PHYSICS COMPUTATIONS I 1 credits
Corequisite: 291 (with 293); 292 (with 294). Optional companion courses to 291,2 provides experience in problem solving, and elaborates application of calculus to simple physical phenomena. Particularly recommended for a freshman and for student with modest preparation in mathematics or physical sciences.
294 PHYSICS COMPUTATIONS II 1 credits
Corequisite: 291 (with 293); 292 (with 294). Optional companion courses to 291,2 provides experience in problem solving, and elaborates application of calculus to simple physical phenomena. Particularly recommended for a freshman and for student with modest preparation in mathematics or physical sciences.
301 ELEMENTARY MODERN PHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 292 or permission of instructor. Special relativity, introduction to quantum physics, hydrogen atom and complex atoms, atomic spectra, topics in nuclear and solid-state physics.
322 INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY I 3 credits
Prerequisite: 262 or 292. Laboratory course stressing measurement techniques with contemporary laboratory apparatus. Experiment design, instrument calibration and reporting emphasized. Modern physics experiments and measurement of fundamental natural constants.
323 INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 262 or 292. Laboratory course stressing measurement techniques with contemporary laboratory apparatus. Experiment design, instrument calibration and reporting emphasized. Modern physics experiments and measurement of fundamental natural constants.
340 THERMAL PHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 262 or 292. Basic principles of thermal and statistical physics. Ensembles, laws of thermodynamics, equilibrium, irreversibility, equipartition theorem, canonical distribution, Maxwell distribution, phase changes, cyclic processes, transport processes.
350 MODELING & SIMULATION 4 credits
Prerequisites: 292, or 262; one elementary course in Computer Science such as 3460:208 or 209 or permission of instructor. Interdisciplinary course stressing modeling of natural phenomena using fundamental principles and their simulation. Topics may include growth phenomena, fault propagation, kinetics, chemical reactions, wave phenomena.
399 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 1-6 credits
(May be repeated) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Participation in current research project in department under supervision of faculty member.
401 EVERYDAY PHYSICS 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. College-level physics content for future teachers. Inquiry, discovery, activities, discussion, and experiential learning take place in a laboratory/embedded-lecture environment.
406 OPTICS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 291, 350 and 3450:335. Propagation, reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves, superposition, polarization, interference and interferometry, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, Fourier optics, coherence theory and quantum optics.
431 MECHANICS I 3 credits
Prerequisites: 291, 350 and 3450:335. Mechanics at intermediate level. Newtonian mechanics, motion of a particle in one dimension, central field problem, system of particles, conservation laws, rigid bodies, and gravitation.
432 MECHANICS II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 431. Advanced mechanics at the senior or beginning graduate level, moving coordinate systems, mechanics of continuous media, Lagrange's equations, tensor algebra and stress analysis, rotation of rigid bodies, vibration theory.
436 ELECTROMAGNETISM I 3 credits
Prerequisites: 291, 350, 3450:335 or permission of instructor. Electricity and magnetism at intermediate level. Electrostatics and magnetostatics, electric field, scalar potential, dielectrics, Laplace's and Poisson's equations, currents, magnetic field, vector potential, magnetic materials, inductance.
437 ELECTROMAGNETISM II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 436. Special relativity, four vectors, Maxwell's equations in covariant form; propagation, reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves; multipole radiation.
441 QUANTUM PHYSICS I 3 credits
Prerequisites: 301, 350 and 3450:335. Introduction to quantum theory, Schrödinger equation, observables, angular momentum, perturbation theory, variational principle, bound states, scattering theory, radiative interactions, spin and the Pauli Principle.
442 QUANTUM PHYSICS II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 441. Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, nuclear and solid state physics. Tunneling and alpha decay, periodic potential, hydrogen and helium atoms, interatomic forces, quantum statistics.
451 ADVANCED LABORATORY I 3 credits
Prerequisite: 323 or permission of instructor. Experimental techniques, applicable to research-type projects in contemporary physics. FT-IR spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, lasers and thin-film growth and characterization.
452 ADVANCED LABORATORY II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 323 or permission of instructor. Experimental projects applicable to contemporary physics. Diode and dye lasers, NMR, SPM, chaos, electron tunneling and fiber optics.
470 INTRO TO SOLID-STATE PHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 441 or permission of instructor. Account of basic physical processes occurring in solids, with emphasis on fundamental relation between these processes and periodicity of crystalline lattice.
481 METHODS OF MATH PHYSICS I 3 credits
Prerequisites: 292, 350, 3450:335 and senior or graduate standing in a physical science or engineering. Vectors, generalized coordinates, tensors, calculus of variations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, Hilbert space, boundary value problems, transcendental functions, complex variables, analytic functions, Green's functions, integral equations.
482 METHODS OF MATH PHYSICS II 3 credits
Prerequisites: 292, 3450:335 and senior or graduate standing in a physical science or engineering. Vectors, generalized coordinates, tensors, calculus of variations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, Hilbert space, boundary value problems, transcendental functions, complex variables, analytic functions, Green's functions, integral equations.
488 SEL T: PHYSICS 1-4 credits
(May be repeated) Prerequisite: permission. Consideration of selected topics, procedures, techniques, materials or apparatus of current interest in physics.
490 W: PHYSICS 1-4 credits
(May be repeated) Group studies of special topics in physics. May not be used to meet undergraduate or graduate major requirements in physics. May be used for elective credit only.
497 INDP STUDY: PHYSICS 1-4 credits
(May be repeated) Prerequisite: permission. Further investigations of various selected topics in physics, under guidance of faculty member.
498 PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM 1 credits
Lectures on current research topics in physics by invited speakers. May be repeated but only one credit counts toward the M.S. Degree. Offered on a credit/noncredit basis only.

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