Physics

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PHY 1020 : Great Ideas in Physics I

General physics at a primarily conceptual level (algebra only). History and Philosophy of science, especially physics and astronomy. Topics include mechanics, optics, and relativity. Personalities include Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Recommended for Arts majors.

Credits

3

Corequisites

PHY 1022 : Great Ideas in Phy II

A continuation of Great Ideas in Physics I. Thermodynamics, earth science, electricity and magnetism, and modern theories of physics. Personalities include Joule, Maxwell, Faraday, Bohr, and Feynman. Recommended for Arts majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 1020 :D- and PHY 1021 :D-)

Corequisites

PHY 1023 : Great Ideas in Physics Lab II

Experiments designed to complement the topics in PHY 1022. Recommended for Arts majors.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

(PHY 1020 :D- and PHY 1021 :D-)

Corequisites

PHY 1022

PHY 1100 : General Physics I

Mechanics, heat and sound. Recommended for Biology majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(MAT 1310 :Y :D- or MAT 1312 :Y :D- or MAT 1320 :Y :D- or MAT 1400 :Y :D- or MAT 1500 :Y :D-)

Corequisites

PHY 1102 : General Physics II

A continuation of PHY 1100; light, electricity and modern physics. Recommended for Biology majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 1100 :D- and (MAT 1312 :D- or MAT 1320 :D- or MAT 1400 :D- or MAT 1500 :D-)

Corequisites

PHY 1500 : The Concept of Light

Historical and analytical survey of the concept of light from classical to modern view points. Open to VSB and Arts majors (fulfills Arts core science requirement when taken with PHY 1501).

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 1502 : Gravity

Gravitational force and the laws governing the motion of objects; Newton and Einstein's theories; role in the evolution of the universe; interaction with other forces of nature. Non-calculus based. For VSB and Arts majors (fulfills Arts core science requirement when taken with PHY 1503).

Credits

3

PHY 2402 : Physics II Elec & Magnet

Electrostatics, DC Circuits, magnetism, and AC circuits. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MAT 1505 :Y :D- and (PHY 2400 :D- or PHY 2410 :D-)

PHY 2403 : Phy Lab for Engineering

Selected experiments illustrating the principles of Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

PHY 2402 :Y :D-

Corequisites

PHY 2411 : Lab: Mechanics

Selected experiments demonstrating the fundamental principles of Mechanics and Waves with emphasis on techniques of measurements and data analysis. Recommended for Science majors.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Corequisites

PHY 2412 : Univ Physics:Elec & Mag

Electrostatics, DC circuits, magnetism, and AC circuits. Recommended for Science majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 2410 :D- or PHY 2400 :D-) and MAT 1505 :Y :D-

PHY 2414 : Univ Physics: Thermo

Heat, kinetic theory of gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics, wave motion acoustics, geometrical and physical optics. Recommended for Science majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(MAT 2500 :Y :D- and PHY 2410 :D-)

PHY 2416 : Modern Physics

Special theory of relativity, atomic theory, quantum physics, the Schrodinger equation, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, elementary particles and cosmology. Recommended for Science majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 2410 :D- and PHY 2412 :D- and PHY 2414 :D-) and (MAT 2500 :Y :D- or MAT 2705 :Y :D-)

PHY 2417 : Lab:Modern Physics

Interference; Franck Hertz experiment; Photoelectric effect; Michelson interferometry; Millikan oil drop experiment; Electron Spin Resonance (ESR); Ferroelectricity; Superconductivity; Low Temperature physics experiments. Recommended for Science majors.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

PHY 2416 :Y :D-

PHY 2601 : Computational Phy Lab I

Computer applications, data analysis and presentation, algorithms and programming, numerical methods, and basic graphics for Physics and Astronomy majors. Prerequisite:Any Intro Physics course (may be taken con- currently).

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Any Intro Physics course (may be taken con- currently).

PHY 3310 : Electronics

DC and AC analysis including network theorems, power, resonance, filters, bridge circuits, amplifiers, integrated circuits, active devices, digital logic circuits and applications.

Credits

3

Corequisites

PHY 3311 : Electronics Lab

Laboratory experiments are chosen to supplement the Physics 3310 lectures and to give experience with sophisticated electronic equipment.

Credits

1

Corequisites

PHY 4000 : Elec & Magnetism I

Electrostatics, Coulomb's and Gauss' Laws, Maxwell's first two equations, Laplace's equation and boundary value problems, dielectrics, currents in conductors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 2414 :D- and PHY 4200 :D-)

Corequisites

PHY 4002 : Elec & Magnetism II

Magnetism, Biot-Savart's law, Faraday's law, Maxwell's third and fourth equations, electromagnetic wave equation, radiation.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 4000 :D-

Corequisites

PHY 4100 : Mechanics I

Newtonian Mechanics, oscillations (simple, non-linear and driven), Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion and scattering, special theory of relativity.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 2414 :D-

PHY 4102 : Mechanics II

Dynamics of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics (steady and turbulent flow, the equations of Euler and Navier-Stokes).

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 4100 :D-

PHY 4200 : Mathematical Physics I

Vector and tensor analysis, matrices and determinants, infinite series, functions of a complex variable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 2414 :D- and MAT 2500 :D-)

PHY 4202 : Mathematical Physics II

A continuation of PHY 4200; second order differential equations, orthogonal functions, integral transforms, integral equations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 4200 :D-

PHY 4301 : Experimental Methods I

Introduction to experimental methods in Physics. Applications of spectroscopic techniques in nuclear, solid-state, and materials Physic. Detection of particle and electromagnetic radiation, signal processing, spectral analysis and interpretation.

Credits

2

PHY 4303 : Experimental Methods II

Introduction to experimental methods in Physics continued: X-Ray and Mossbauer Spectroscopy; interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter; resonant versus non-resonant scattering cross-sections; hyperfine interactions in solids, crystal field splittings and dynamic magnetic relaxation phenomena in nonoscale systems; introduction to nanotechnology. Course is Writing Intensive.

Credits

2

PHY 5100 : Quantum Mechanics

Operators, Schrodinger Equation, one dimensional problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, hydrogen atom, scattering theory.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 4100 :D- and PHY 4200 :D-

PHY 5200 : Thermo/Statistical Mech

Statistical methods, statistical thermodynamics, Ensembles, Partition functions. Quantum statistics. Kinetic theory of transport processes.

Credits

3

PHY 5300 : Subatomic Physics

Structure of subatomic particles and nuclei, symmetries and conservation laws, interactions and nuclear models, radioactivity and passage of radiation through matter. A writing intensive course.

Credits

3

PHY 5500 : Solid State Physics I

Description of crystal structure, diffraction of X-rays, classification of solids, thermal properties of solids, dielectric properties, diamagnetism and paramagnetism, free electron theory of metals, band theory of solids.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PHY 6400 : General Relativity

Introduction to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Differential geometry, equivalence principle, geodesics, and the Einstein equations. Applications to black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(PHY 4100 :D- and PHY 4200 :D-)

PHY 6450 : Supervised Study in Physics

Reading and/or laboratory work in a selected branch of physics under the direction of a member of the staff. Restricted to the Permission of the Instructor.

Credits

1