# Physics

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PHYS 050 Preparation for Engineering Studies 0.0 Credits

PHYS-050 is a self-paced online course and is intended for students who need additional preparation in mathematics and physics to be successful in the beginning physics courses ( PHYS-101, 102). The online course is divided into six UNITS : Simultaneous Equations, Fundamentals of Plane Geometry, Use of Trigonometric Functions, Fundamentals of Solid geometry Vectors, and Kinematics. Each UNIT is organized in four sections: [i] Introduction; [ii] Interactive Problems; [iii] Sample Problems; and [iv]Tests.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS 100 Preparation for Engineering Studies 4.0 Credits

This is a basic mathematics foundational course to prepare the students for the beginning sequence of Engineering Physics. Topics include: simultaneous equations, fundamentals of plane and solid geometry, use of trigonometric functions and vectors and translational kinematics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 080

PHYS 101 Fundamentals of Physics I 4.0 Credits

First of a three-course physics sequence introducing mechanics to engineering and science majors. Topics include: Translational kinematics of particles in one and two dimensions. Inertial and non-inertial frames, Newton's laws of motion, force, energy and momentum. Concepts of conservation of energy and momentum. Rotational kinematics and dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PHYS 050 [Min Grade: CR] or PHYS 100 [Min Grade: D] or APC 070) and (MATH 121 [Min Grade: C-] or MATH 117 [Min Grade: C-])
Corequisite: EXAM 080

PHYS 102 Fundamentals of Physics II 4.0 Credits

Second of a three-course physics sequence introducing electricity and magnetism to engineering and science majors. Topics include: Electrostatics, Coulomb's law, electric field and flux, and Gauss's law. Electric potential and potential energy and capacitors. Charges in motion, voltage and current measurements. Direct current circuit analysis using Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s rules. Sources of magnetic fields, concepts of magnetic flux and electromagnetic induction.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 080

PHYS 103 General Physics I 0.0-4.0 Credits

Algebra-based course that covers force, motion, work, energy properties of matter, and wave motion and sound propagation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 104 General Physics II 0.0-4.0 Credits

Algebra-based course that covers electricity and applications, magnetism, and optics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 103 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 105 Computational Physics I 3.0 Credits

Introduces computational physics. Covers analytical and numerical solutions of equations governing the behavior of physical systems. Includes the use of C/C++ and Python programming methods to solve selected problems. Introduces UNIX, X-windows, programming languages, and visualization and data analysis tools for problems in computational physics. Introduces elementary programming concepts as needed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D]) and (CS 171 [Min Grade: D] or CS 143 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 131 [Min Grade: D])

PHYS 106 [WI] The Physics of High Fidelity 3.0 Credits

Applies physical principles to understanding how hi-fi systems work. Includes consumer education in selecting components. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 107 Acoustics 3.0 Credits

Covers the theory describing sound, behavior and sound waves, resonance and harmonics, frequency analysis, electronic production of sound, sound perception by the human ear, sound recording and reproduction, and room acoustics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how sound operates in the physical world and how our ears respond to it.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 113 Contemporary Physics I 5.0 Credits

Part I in an introductory physics sequence for majors. This course combines the traditional lecture/lab format with real-time numerical simulations designed by the students. Topics include: the fundamental forces, Newton's laws, the atomic nature of matter, work and energy, light, friction, and atomic nuclei.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: MATH 121

PHYS 114 Contemporary Physics II 5.0 Credits

Part II in an introductory sequence for majors. This course combines the traditional lecture/lab format with real-time numerical simulations designed by the students. Topics include: angular momentum, entropy, gas dynamics, electric fields, electricity and matter, and electric potential.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: MATH 122

PHYS 115 Contemporary Physics III 5.0 Credits

Part III in an introductory sequence for majors. This course combines the traditional lecture/lab format with real-time numerical simulation designed by the students. Topics include: magnetic fields, electronics, radiation, waves and particles, and an introduction to semiconductor devices.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 114 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 121 Physical Science for Design I 0.0-4.0 Credits

Offers a non-calculus-based survey of physical science for students in design and the visual arts. Topics include kinematics in two dimensions, forces, Newton's laws, applications using the constant acceleration model, energy, momentum, conservation laws, universal gravitation, circular motion, satellites, oscillatory motion, wave motion, sound, and music.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 080

PHYS 122 Physical Science for Design II 0.0-4.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, magnetism, em waves, light, geometrical and physical optics, anatomic structure, the elements, and nuclear decay and nuclear energy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 121 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 080

PHYS 128 Introduction to Experimental Physics 3.0 Credits

This course will give students an introduction to all aspects of experimental physics, including experiment theory, laboratory techniques, data analysis, scientific writing, literature research, and presentations. Students are required to perform experiments in physics, such as the Millikan oil-drop experiment, the photoelectric effect measurement, the Michelson interferometer experiment, and radioactivity and spectroscopy measurements. Students are also required to write detailed laboratory reports and give an oral presentation. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

PHYS 131 Survey of the Universe 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of modern astronomy, including the scientific method; telescopes; stars and star clusters; stellar evolution; galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe; and the Big Bang. May also include periodic visits to the university observatory.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 151 Applied Physics 0.0-3.0 Credits

Non-calculus-based introductory physics for business majors. Covers basic mechanics and simple harmonic motion, followed by an introduction to more advanced topics such as relativity, electromagnetism, and quantum phenomena.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 081

PHYS 152 Introductory Physics I 4.0 Credits

First part of a three-course algebra-based sequence providing a comprehensive introduction to Physics. Covers basic mechanics, including motion in 1, 2, and 3 Newton's laws, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotational motion and elastic properties of materials. Includes labs to enrich class material. High school physics not required.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 081

PHYS 153 Introductory Physics II 4.0 Credits

Second part of a three-course algebra-based sequence providing a comprehensive introduction to Physics. Covers fluids, vibrations, waves, sound, heat and thermodynamics, geometrical optics and optical instrumentation. Includes labs to enrich class material.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 152 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 081

PHYS 154 Introductory Physics III 4.0 Credits

Third part of a three-course algebra-based sequence providing a comprehensive introduction to Physics. Covers fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, including charges, fields, potential, circuits, magnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, special relativity, and physical optics. Includes labs to enrich class material.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 152 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 081

PHYS 160 Introduction to Scientific Computing 3.0 Credits

Basic introduction to scientific problem solving and numerical modeling of physical system using Excel and Maple.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 170 Electricity and Motion 3.0 Credits

With an interactive lecture format and an inquiry-based student-centered recitation, "Electricity and Motion" will give a conceptual introduction to topics in physics such as motion, forces, electricity, and magnetism. Students will complete an interdisciplinary, real-world project that will relate their specific major to an area of physics. Students will also be able to solve one-step algebra problems and conceptually describe topics in physics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 171 Computational Lab for Electricity and Motion 1.0 Credit

Students will experiment with computational methods as they relate to physics topics such as motion, forces, electricity, and magnetism using tools such as Excel, Python, code.org, and Blockscad.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHYS 170

PHYS 172 Experimental Lab for Electricity and Motion 1.0 Credit

Students will experiment with real world materials as they relate to physics topics such as motion, forces, electricity, and magnetism.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHYS 170

PHYS 175 Light and Sound 3.0 Credits

With an interactive lecture format and an inquiry-based student-centered recitation, this course will give a conceptual introduction to topics in physics such as waves, sound, light, and color. Students will complete an interdisciplinary, real-world project that will relate their specific major to an area of physics. Students will also be able to solve one-step algebra problems and conceptually describe topics in physics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 176 Computational Lab for Light and Sound 1.0 Credit

Students will experiment with computational methods as they relate to physics topics such as waves, sound, light, and color using tools such as Excel, Python, code.org, and Blockscad.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHYS 175

PHYS 177 Experimental Lab for Light and Sound 1.0 Credit

Students will experiment with real world materials as they relate to physics topics such as waves, sound, light, and color.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHYS 175

PHYS 181 Astronomy 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of modern astronomy, including the scientific method; telescopes; stars and star clusters; stellar evolution; galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe; and the Big Bang. May also include periodic visits to the university observatory.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 182 Applied Physics I 3.0 Credits

Covers vectors; statics, kinematics, and classical dynamics, including Newton's laws, torque, projectile motion, and circular motion; work; power and energy; impulse and momentum; and rotation, in a non-calculus-based course. Fall.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 183 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 101 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 102 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 173 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 183 Applied Physics II 3.0 Credits

Covers fluids; elasticity; vibration, including simple harmonic motion; sound waves and acoustics; thermodynamics of temperature; heat; thermal-expansion; phase change; and heat transfer, in a non-calculus-based course. Winter.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 182 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 184 Applied Physics III 3.0 Credits

Covers light and illumination, electrostatics, potential, direct-current electrical circuits, magnetic fields, induction, generators, motors, and AC circuits, in a non-calculus-based course. Spring.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 183 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 185 Fundamentals of Physics Lecture I 3.0 Credits

First of a three course sequence teaching fundamental physics to engineering and science majors. Topics include: description of motion, inertial and non-inertial frames, special relativity, Newton's Laws, translational and rotational equilibrium, one- and two-dimensional motion, fundamental forces, inverse square laws, Gauss' Law, Bohr's quantization, rotational dynamics, potential energy, black holes, determinism and chaos.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 121 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 186 Physics I-A 1.0 Credit

A companion course for PHYS 185. Students will perform experiments related to Mechanics. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 185 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

PHYS 188 Physics II-A 1.0 Credit

A companion course for PHYS 189. Students will perform experiments related to Electricity and Magnetism. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 189 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

PHYS 189 Fundamentals of Physics Lecture II 3.0 Credits

Second of a four course sequence teaching fundamental physics to engineering and science majors. Topics include: electrostatics, capacitors, charges in motion, insulators, semiconductors, voltage and current measurements, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, magnetic materials, quantum dots, magnetic resonance phenomenon.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 185 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 201 Fundamentals of Physics III 4.0 Credits

Third of the three-course physics sequence introducing waves, relativity, and quantum mechanics to engineering and science majors. Topics include: Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction of electromagnetic waves. Introduction to special theory of relativity. De Broglie's wave-particle duality hypothesis, Compton scattering, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and Schrodinger's equation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 102 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 122 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 081

PHYS 217 Thermodynamics 4.0 Credits

Covers macro-thermodynamics: temperature, pressure, work, heat, equations of state, the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications, heat engines and refrigerators, thermodynamics potentials, Maxwell relations, theory of phase changes, kinetic theory and transport phenomena.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 114 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 102 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 226 Instrumentation for Scientists I 3.0 Credits

Introduces measurement concepts, including a systems approach to analog and digital measurement, amplification and feedback, electrical data domains, measurements of varying analog signals, time domain measurements and conversions, and A/D and D/A conversions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHYS 227 Instrumentation for Scientists II 3.0 Credits

Covers optimization of scientific measurements, including systems analysis, signal/noise, control of frequency response, modulation and demodulation, relation of sampling parameters to signal characteristics, and signal-to-noise ratio enhancement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 226 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 231 Introductory Astrophysics 3.0 Credits

An introductory astrophysics course aimed at science majors. Topics include a treatment of orbits, Kepler's laws, celestial coordinates, light, blackbodies, optics, stellar structure and evolution, galactic formation, and large scale evolution and structure of the universe.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: (PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D]) and MATH 121 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 232 Observational Astrophysics 3.0 Credits

Covers photometric and spectroscopic properties of stars, galaxies, and quasars and fundamental astrophysics of these objects. The course contains a significant lab component, which includes training in methods of observation, using the Joseph Lynch Observatory on campus to obtain astronomical measurements, and analysis of data.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 121 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 233 Introduction to Relativity 3.0 Credits

This course covers foundational concepts in Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, including the unification of space-time, transformations between inertial frames, relativity of simultaneity, length contraction and time dilation, and transformation between energy and momentum. Introductory concepts in General Relativity will be discussed, including space curvature and weak gravitational fields.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PHYS 113 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 101 [Min Grade: D]) and MATH 122 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 262 Introduction to Biophysics 3.0 Credits

This is an introductory course to the wide field of Biophysics. The intended audience is undergraduate physics majors. However, the level and approach is also accessible to undergraduates from other concentrations, including Chemistry and Biology. Students will learn the basic principles behind cells, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics applied to cellular environments, forces affecting conformation of biological molecules, protein and nucleic acid biophysics, membrane biophysics, and basic physics principles behind nerve impulses.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PHYS 115 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D])

PHYS 280 Fundamentals of Physics Lecture III 3.0 Credits

Third of a three course sequence teaching fundamental physics to engineering and science majors. Topics include: oscillations, EM waves, interference, diffraction, wave-particle duality, energy-matter equivalence, uncertainty relations, Schrodinger's equation, Hydrogen atom, laser, and nuclear physics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 189 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 282 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory III 1.0 Credit

A companion course for PHYS 280. Students will perform experiments related to Thermodynamics and modern physics. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 280 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

PHYS 305 Computational Physics II 3.0 Credits

Covers the application of computational techniques to problems in physics, including numerical solution of differential equations, computation and display of particle trajectories in arbitrary potentials, introduction to non-linear dynamics, random numbers and Monte-Carlo methods, and numerical implementation of selected methods in mathematical physics. Emphasizes hands-on experience in problem-solving, using both Maple and C.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 105 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 311 Classical Mechanics I 4.0 Credits

An intermediate treatment of classical mechanics and dynamics. Topics will include central forces, oscillatory motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, phase space, and collisions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATH 210 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)(PHYS 115 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D])

PHYS 312 Classical Mechanics II 4.0 Credits

Covers motion of system of particles, center of mass and conservation of linear momentum, description of collisions, Rutherford scattering, dynamics of rigid bodies, coordinate systems, the restricted three-body problem, generalized coordinates, Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's equations, and rotation of frame.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 311 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 317 Statistical Mechanics 3.0 Credits

Covers distribution molecular velocities, transport phenomena, Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics, and quantum statistics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATH 210 [Min Grade: D] and PHYS 217 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 321 Electromagnetic Fields I 4.0 Credits

Covers fields due to specified charge distributions, Gauss' law, multipole expansion of the fields, Laplace's equation, method of images, dielectrics, and energy of an electrostatic field.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 115 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 102 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 322 Electromagnetic Fields II 4.0 Credits

Covers electric current, continuity equation, electromotive forces, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell's equations, radiation, and radiation by moving charges.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 321 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 324 Topics in Mathematical Physics 3.0 Credits

This course presents the mathematical background needed for Thermodynamics, Classical Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, and Quantum Mechanics using the theory of linear vector spaces and the standard tools of elementary mathematical physics. Emphasis will be placed on the use of analytic and numerical programming techniques, using Maple, FORTRAN and C.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHYS 325 Computational Physics III 3.0 Credits

This is the third course in the Computational Physics sequence. It presents basic scientific programming techniques and problem-solving strategies, as applied to problems in electromagnetic theory and quantum mechanics. This hands-on focuses primarily on the solution of partial differential equations in physics, Monte-Carlo methods, and matrix methods, and includes solutions of Laplace's, Poisson's and Maxwell's equations, fields due to moving charges, Fast Fourier Transforms, and solutions of the time-independent and time-dependent Schroedinger equation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 105 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 326 Quantum Mechanics I 4.0 Credits

Explores the classical foundations of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger equation, solutions of one-dimensional problems, and the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 311 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 327 Quantum Mechanics II 4.0 Credits

Covers the three-dimensional Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, matrix mechanics, the hydrogen atom, and perturbation theory.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 326 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 328 [WI] Advanced Laboratory 3.0 Credits

Requires students to perform advanced laboratory experiments in the various fields of physics. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 223 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 330 Introduction to Nuclear Physics 2.0 Credits

Provides an overview of nuclear physics; including nuclear structure; nuclear stability; radioactivity and nuclear decay; nuclear forces and interactions; fission and fusion; and the interaction of particles with matter. A small amount of quantum mechanics will be included.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PHYS 115 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D]) and (MATH 210 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 232 [Min Grade: D])

PHYS 405 Advanced Computational Physics 3.0 Credits

Covers the application of computational techniques to one or more research topics of current interest, including grid-based solutions of partial differential equations in one and two dimensions and particle methods in fluid mechanics. Introduces high-performance computation and massively parallel computing platforms.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: PHYS 305 [Min Grade: C]

PHYS 408 Physics Seminar 1.0 Credit

Requires participation in weekly departmental colloquium.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 15 times for 16 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHYS and classification is Junior or Senior.

PHYS 409 Astrophysics Seminar 1.0 Credit

This course focuses on topics in modern astrophysics. Each term, a series of papers in a subfield is chosen. Students present and discuss recent results in fields such as stellar structure, black holes, cosmology, and dynamics. May be repeated twice for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 2 credits
Prerequisites: PHYS 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 232 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 428 Quantum Mechanics III 4.0 Credits

Advanced topics in quantum mechanics including spin, addition of angular momentum, scattering theory, relativistic quantum mechanics, atoms and molecules, and radiation from atoms.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 327 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 431 Galactic Astrophysics 3.0 Credits

This course presents an introduction to the processes responsible for the formation, structure, evolution, and present-day appearance of the Milky Way and other galaxies. Using the Milky Way Galaxy as a guide, we will develop analytical and numerical tools to help us understand of the properties of these magnificent objects, near and far. Topics will include stars, stellar formation, and stellar evolution, galactic structure and dynamics, and galaxy formation and evolution.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 311 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 432 Cosmology 3.0 Credits

Covers cosmological models, age and distance scales in the universe, the hot big bang, primordial nucleosyntesis, inflation, baryonic and non-baryonic matter, galaxy formation and evolution, dynamics of structure formation, statistics of cosmological density fields, and cosmic background fluctuations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 311 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 440 Big Data Physics 3.0 Credits

This course provides the framework for physics students at all levels to begin interacting with large data sets in physics. Data analysis will be done using Python tools, including standard libraries for machine learning. Practical application of classification and regression techniques for both unsupervised and supervised data are emphasized, in addition to dimensionality reduction techniques and time-domain analysis. An introduction to statistical methods, Bayesian inference, and Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods provide a foundation for application of machine learning tools.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 115 [Min Grade: D] or CS 171 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 452 Solid State Physics 3.0 Credits

Atomic basis of the physical properties of materials, including crystalline and non-crystalline solids. Detailed introductory treatment of the structural, vibrational, and electronic properties of solid and their inter-relationships. Overview of other materials, properties, and scientific basis of technological applications.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 317 [Min Grade: D] and PHYS 326 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 453 Nanoscience 3.0 Credits

Scientific basis of nanoscale materials and systems including discussions of low-dimensional structures and their physical properties, the self-assembly of nanostructures, applications in various fields of science and technology, and techniques for fabrication and characterization on the nanoscale.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 311 [Min Grade: D] and PHYS 217 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisites: PHYS 321, PHYS 326

PHYS 461 Biophysics 3.0 Credits

A one course introduction to biological physics. Topics may include: structure of biomolecules, protein stability, electron transfer, protein folding, protein substrates, allostery, and self-assembly. No biological background is presumed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 3 credits
Prerequisites: PHYS 317 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 462 Computational Biophysics 3.0 Credits

This course involves mathematical applications of biological simulations. Using classical and statistical mechanics, we will cover topics including atomic scale simulations, statistical sampling and models of molecular cellular systems and living processes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHYS 105 [Min Grade: D] and PHYS 217 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 210 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: PHYS 321

PHYS 471 Nonlinear Dynamics 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the basic ideas of the new science of nonlinear dynamics and develops methods to carry out fundamental computations of fractal dimension, Lyapunov exponents, and topological invariants.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 200 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 476 Particle Physics 3.0 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to the physics of fundamental particles. Topics including the fundamental forces, quarks and leptons, Feynman diagrams, symmetries and conservation laws, relativistic kinematics, bound states, and experimental methods.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: PHYS 327 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 485 Research 0.0-3.0 Credits

Covers research problems in physics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHYS 491 Senior Research I 3.0 Credits

A three-term sequence devoted to theoretical or experimental activities in a specific area of physics or atmospheric science to be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Requires students to learn to identify interesting problems, develop a plan of attack, and carry the project to completion. Requires written and oral report at the end of the third term.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.

PHYS 492 Senior Research II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 491.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 491 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS 493 [WI] Senior Research III 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 492. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHYS 492 [Min Grade: D]

PHYS I199 Independent Study in PHYS 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS I299 Independent Study in PHYS 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS I399 Independent Study in PHYS 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS I499 Independent Study in PHYS 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS T180 Special Topics in Physics 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS T280 Special Topics in Physics 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS T380 Special Topics in Physics 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS T480 Special Topics in Physics 0.0-12.0 Credits

Covers selected topics in physics. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit