Topics in Astronomy: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes
Traces the history of a star's evolution from its birth in interstellar gas and dust to its end as a placid white dwarf, fiery nova or supernova, or mysterious black hole. Emphasis upon the archetypical Crab Nebula surrounding the fastest known rotating neutron star. Recommended for non-science majors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 credit.
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System
A survey course at the beginning level which discusses the nearby objects of our solar system, the formation and evolution of planetary bodies and the exploration of space. A minimum of mathematics is required. Recommended for non-science majors. 3 credits.
Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
A survey course at the beginning level which discusses stellar systems and galaxies. Topics will include stellar evolution, formation of galaxies, and cosmology. A minimum of mathematics is required. Recommended for non- science majors. 3 credits.
Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
Laboratory exercises in astronomy presented in the tradition of the amateur astronomer. Instruction will include observation of celestial objects as well as laboratory exercises to investigate the physical nature of astronomical objects. Instruction on the use of telescopes and the process of the scientific method will be presented. Recommended for non-science majors. Prerequisite: AST 103 or 104, or concurrent registration in one of these courses. 1 credit.
Projects in Observational Astronomy
A project-oriented course to develop skills in observational astronomy. The material and experience gained will be quite helpful to those people interested in education or in astronomy. The use of high quality equipment such as cameras, photometers, telescopes, and heliostats will be emphasized. This is a laboratory course. Recommended for non-science majors. Prerequisite: AST 105 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.
Introduction to Astrophysics
Introduction to modern astrophysics. Discussion of matter and electromagnetic radiation, the physical processes in stars, galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and the large-scale structure of the Universe. Emphasis on applying physical principles and problem-solving techniques to astronomical situations. Prerequisite:PHYS 180. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Astrophysics
Advanced astrophysics. The course material will alternate among three topics: solar system astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution, and galactic dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on current areas of interest. Prerequisites: PHYS 180, 181,182, and 411. 3 credits.
Introduction to Einstein's Spacetime
Algebra-based exploration of Einstein's theory of Special Relativity covering time dilation, length contraction, the addition of velocities, the Lorenz transformation, the Twin Paradox, Minkowski space-time diagrams, and other topics, time permitting. The beauty and consistency of Special Relativity emphasized. 3 credits.
A course in general physics intended primarily for students in liberal arts, medicine, and the biological sciences. Lecture and laboratory exercises in mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MAT 128 or equivalent, or placement test. 4 credits each.
Engineering Physics I
Lectures on Newtonian mechanics. Rectilinear motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotational mechanics, oscillations, wave motion, and gravitation. Prerequisite: MAT 181. 3 credits.
Engineering Physics I Laboratory
Laboratory exercises in Newtonian mechanics. Rectilinear motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotational mechanics, oscillations, wave motion, and gravitation. Corequisite: PHYS 180. 1 credit.
Engineering Physics II
Lectures on electromagnetism. Coulomb's law, electric and magnetic fields, Gauss' law, potential, capacitance, current and resistance, electromotive force, inductance, motion of charged particles, introduction to Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisites: PHYS 180 and MAT 182. 3 credits.
Engineering Physics II Laboratory
Laboratory exercises in electromagnetism, Coulomb's law, electric and magnetic fields, Gauss' law, potential, capacitance, current and resistance, electromotive force, inductance, motion of charged particles, introduction to Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Corequisite: PHYS 181. 1 credit.
Engineering Physics III
Lectures on fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and optics. Sound, temperature and thermometry, heat, gases, intermolecular forces, kinetic theory, entropy, nature of light, geometrical optics, physical optics including diffraction and interference, introduction to modern developments. Prerequisites: PHYS 180 and MAT 182. 3 credits.
Engineering Physics III Laboratory
Laboratory exercises in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and optics. Sound, temperature and thermometry, heat, gases, intermolecular forces, kinetic theory, entropy, nature of light, geometrical optics, physical optics including diffraction and interference, introduction to modern developments. Corequisite: PHYS 182. 1 credit.
Individual projects under the direction of a faculty member. Department approval must be obtained prior to registration. Prerequisite: Three credits of physics. 1-3 credits.
Modem Physics I
Those aspects of quantum and statistical mechanics and relativity necessary to describe the changes in the physicist's world view wrought by revolutionary theories early in this century are developed. Prerequisites: PHYS 181, PHYS 181L, PHYS 182, PHYS 182L. 3 credits.
Modern Physics II
A continuation of the survey of twentieth century developments in physics. Topics include simple molecular quantum mechanics, quantum statistics, solids, superfluids and superconductors, nuclear processes and models, and elementary particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 411. 3 credits.
Intermediate Laboratory I
Experimental investigation of a variety of phenomena involving the properties of electrons and their interactions with fields and matter, including selected quantum and wave mechanical effects. The experiments are designed to reinforce theory learned in previous courses and to develop laboratory techniques. Corequisite: PHYS 411. 3 credits.
Intermediate Laboratory II
Further experimental investigations of phenomena in classical and modern physics. Emphasis is on problem solving, experimental technique, data analysis, and independent work. Students are encouraged to alter or extend the experiments and engage in projects. Prerequisite: PHYS 413. 3 credits.
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrostatics, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. Maxwell's equations, theory of metallic conduction, motion of charged particles, radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 181. 3 credits each.
Newtonian mechanics. Mathematical formulation of the dynamics of a particle and systems of particles, including applications to atomic physics. Mechanics of continuous media using Fourier series. Introduction to generalized coordinates and the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton. Prerequisite: PHYS 180. PHYS 423 is prerequisite for PHYS 424.. 3 credits each.
Survey of basic nuclear concepts and structure. Interactions between nuclear radiations and matter, nuclear reactions and decay, nuclear force, sub-atomic structure and models, symmetries and conservation laws. Normally taught in a self-paced format. Prerequisite: PHYS 411. 3 credits.
Modem Scientific Instrumentation
Electronics for scientists, including circuit design and construction using analog and digital integrated circuits. Introduction to machining, glassblowing, and fabrication techniques. Prerequisites: PHYS 181,181L, 182 ,182L, 422. 3 credits.
Application of numerical methods to simulation of physical systems, including topics in classical mechanics, electrostatics, quantum mechanics, scattering, nonlinear dynamics and chaos. Prerequisites: PHYS 181,182 and experience with high level programming language. 3 credits.
Light and Physical Optics
Survey of geometric optics and optical instruments. Selected topics in physical optics including interference, diffraction and polarization, with applications; the nature of light. Prerequisite: PHYS 182. 3 credits.
Laser principles and applications. Non-linear optics, image formation, optical transfer function, and Fourier optics. Introduction to quantum optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 461. 3 credits.
Fundamentals of thermodynamics, including equations of state, laws of thermodynamics, and entropy. Principles and methods of temperature measurement, calorimetry and heat transfer. Prerequisite: PHYS 182. 3 credits.
Principles and applications of statistical mechanics. Quantum statistics of ideal gas and simple solids. Transport theory, irreversible processes and fluctuations. Prerequisite: PHYS 467. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Physics
Special topics in physics such as, but not limited to, relativity, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, and particle physics. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 182. 3 credits.
Quantum Mechanics I
An introduction to the Schrodinger Equation and the interpretation of its solutions, the uncertainty principles, one-dimensional problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: PHYS 422 and 424. 3 credits.
Quantum Mechanics II
An introduction to the matrix formulation of quantum mechanics, spin, coupling of angular momenta and applications. Time dependent perturbation theory and approximation methods and techniques are discussed. Prerequisite: PHYS 481. 3 credits.
Solid State Physics
Structure of crystalline solids. Mechanical, thermal, and electric properties of conducting and non-conducting solids. Prerequisite: PHYS 411 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.
Condensed Matter Physics
Properties of condensed matters and their applications in materials science. Structures of classical and quantum liquids. Correlations in lower dimensional systems. Localization and magnetism. Superconductivity and superfluidity. Polymers and liquid crystals. Prerequisite:PHYS 481. 3 credits
Independent study of a topic in physics not specifically included in the regular course offerings. The grade will depend on requirements outlined in a written contract between student and instructor agreed upon prior to beginning the course. Prerequisites: PHYS 180, 180L, 181,181L, 182, 182L and consent of instructor. 1-3 credits.
Laboratory or research work on a project that demonstrates the student’s ability to apply his or her knowledge of physics. A 30-minute talk on the project required. Prerequisites: Nine credits of upper-division physics courses and consent of instructor. 1-3 credits. (Note: 3 credits required for graduation.)