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PHYS 110: Introductory Astronomy

3 credits, offered every fall

Qualitative survey of the current understanding of the universe including planetary explorations, solar phenomena, stars, black holes, nebulas, galaxies.

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PHYS 110L: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory

1 credit, offered every fall

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 110.

Lab Fee: $20.00

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PHYS 120: Fundamentals of Physics

3 credits, offered every semester

Application of physics concepts and principles to the real world. Topics selected from mechanics, heat, optics, electricity, and magnetism.

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PHYS 120L: Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory

1 credit, offered every semester

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 120.

Coreq: PHYS 120.

Lab Fee: $20.00

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PHYS 171: Introductory Projects in Physics

1 credit, offered every fall

Basic computer controlled instrumentation for automation and data acquisition.  Design of simple measurement and control projects covering waveforms, temperature measurement and robotics.  Elementary data analysis: curve fitting, Fourier theory and statistics.

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PHYS 211: College Physics I

3 credits, offered every semester (including summer)

Beginning course for students without a calculus background. Includes basic principles of bodies at rest and in motion, fluids, vibrations, waves, sound and thermodynamics.

Prereq: MATH 105 or higher.

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PHYS 211L: College Physics I Laboratory

1 credit, offered every semester (including summer)

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 211.

Coreq: PHYS 211.

Lab Fee: $20.00

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PHYS 212: College Physics II

3 credits, offered every semester (tentatively)

Second course for students without a calculus background. Includes electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.

Prereq: PHYS 211.

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PHYS 212L: College Physics II Laboratory

1 credit, offered every semester (tentatively)

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 212.

Coreq: PHYS 212.

Lab Fee: $25.00

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PHYS 215: Research for Undergraduates

1-3 credits, offered every semester

Special research studies in physics under the supervision of an instructor.

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PHYS 220: Physics for Designers

3 credits, offered once per academic year

Application of physics concepts and principles for designers such as architects, interior designers, and engineers using focused problem-solving in work-groups.  Topics selected from mechanics, sound, thermodynamics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.

Prereq: MATH 105 or equivalent.

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PHYS 251: University Physics I

4 credits, offered every semester

Newtonian mechanics of translational and rotational motion, work, energy, power, momentum, conservation of energy and momentum, periodic motion, waves, sound, heat, and thermodynamics.

Prereq: MATH 165.

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PHYS 251L: University Physics I Laboratory

1 credit, offered every semester

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 251.

Coreq: PHYS 251.

Lab Fee: $20.00

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Physics 251R: University Physics I Recitation

1 credit, offered every spring

A recitation that complements PHYS 251 with theory and applications.

Coreq: PHYS 251.

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PHYS 252: University Physics II

4 credits, offered every semester

Electric charge, field, potential, and current; magnetic field; capacitance; resistance; inductance; RC, RL, LC and RLC circuits; waves; optics.

Prereq: PHYS 251 or ME 222. Coreq: MATH 166.

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PHYS 252L: University Physics II Laboratory

1 credit, offered every semester

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 252.

Coreq: PHYS 252.

Lab Fee: $25.00

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PHYS 252R: University Physics II Recitation

1 credit, offered every fall

A recitation that complements PHYS 252 with emphasis on theory and applications.

Coreq: PHYS 252.

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PHYS 350: Modern Physics

3 credits, offered every spring

Breakdown of classical physics, special relativity, Bohr model, Schrodinger mechanics of simple systems, atomic structure, selected topics from nuclear and solid state physics.

Prereq: PHYS 252, MATH 265.

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PHYS 360: Modern Physics II

3 credits, offered every fall

Continuation of modern physics covering molecular structure, nuclear physics and solid state physics with an embedded modern physics laboratory with experiments such as atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electron diffraction, nuclear spectroscopy, photoelectric effect and computer simulations of experiments.

Prereq: PHYS 350.

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PHYS 361: Electromagnetic Theory

3 credits, offered in the fall of even-numbered years

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, dielectrics, electric circuits, time varying electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, physical content and application of Maxwell's equations.

Prereq: PHYS 252, MATH 266.

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PHYS 370: Introduction to Computational Physics

3 credits, offered every spring

Introduction to computational methods, with applications to planetary motion, numerical integration, chaotic oscillations, percolation, random walks, diffusion limited aggregation, molecular dynamics simulation, Monte Carlo methods, and Fourier transforms. 2 lectures, 2 one-hour laboratories.

Prereq: PHYS 251, MATH 166, and CSCI 160 or ECE 173. Coreq: PHYS 252.

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PHYS 411: Optics for Scientists & Engineers

3 credits, offered every fall

Introduction to modern optics. Geometric optics, electromagnetic nature of light, polarization, interference, diffraction, fiber optics. Corequisite laboratory with major related optics project.

Prereq: PHYS 252. Coreq: PHYS 411L. Cross-listed with ECE.

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PHYS 411L: Optics for Scientists & Engineers Laboratory

1 credit, offered every fall

Required laboratory for PHYS/ECE 411. Ten optics experiments plus a major related optics project.

Prereq: PHYS 252. Coreq: PHYS 411. Cross-listed with ECE.

Lab Fee: $25.00

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PHYS 413: Lasers for Scientists and Engineers

3 credits, offered in the spring of odd-numbered years

Lecture and laboratory introduction to lasers. Spontaneous and stimulated transitions, line-broadening, gain, gain saturation, optical resonators, Fabry-Perot interferometers, theory of laser oscillation, rate equations, transverse modes, coherence, and Gaussian beams.

Prereq: PHYS 252.

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PHYS 415: Elements of Photonics

3 credits, offered in the spring of even-numbered years

Analysis of optical systems using the matrix formulation, wave propogation in anisotropic media, electro-optic effect and laser modulation, physical orgin of optical non-linearities, phase matching, optical second harmonic and parametric generation.

Prereq: PHYS 252.

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PHYS 455: Classical Mechanics

3 credits, offered in the fall of odd-numbered years

Lagrangian dynamics, central force, rigid body motion, small oscillations, Hamiltonian dynamics, canonical transformations, dynamics of continuous systems.

Prereq: PHYS 251, MATH 265. Coreq: MATH 266.

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PHYS 462: Heat and Thermodynamics

3 credits, offered in the fall of even-numbered years

Classical principles and laws of thermodynamics. Cyclic processes and entropy functions. Legendre differential transformations. Maxwell relations, stability and phase transitions, critical phenomena.

Prereq: PHYS 252.

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PHYS 463: Statistical Mechanics

3 credits, offered in the spring of odd-numbered years

The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution function and its applications to thermodynamics problems. Introduction to kinetic theory. Introduction to Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics.

Prereq: PHYS 462.

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PHYS 481: Introduction to Solid State Physics

3 credits, offered on demand

Crystal structure and binding, reciprocal lattices and x-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, free electron model, band theory, magnetism, superconductivity.

Prereq: PHYS 485.

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PHYS 485: Quantum Mechanics I

3 credits, offered in the fall of odd-numbered years

Operators, one-dimensional wells and barriers, Schrodinger equation, uncertainty, duality, Born interpretation, unstable states, bosons and fermions, central force problems, angular momentum, spin.

Prereq: PHYS 350, MATH 266.

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PHYS 486: Quantum Mechanics II

3 credits, offered in the spring of even-numbered years

Continuation of PHYS 485. Perturbation theory, angular momentum addition, variational schemes, WKB method, scattering theory, time-dependent problems.

Prereq: PHYS 485.

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PHYS 489: Physics Projects

3 credits, offered every spring (and fall on demand)

Capstone experience in physics.

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PHYS 491: Seminar

1 credit, offered on demand

Capstone seminar for Physics Education majors.

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PHYS 494: Individual Study

1-5 credits, offered on demand

Individual study on a selected topic, supervised by a faculty member.

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