PHYSICS (PHYS-670)

111 Concepts and Problem Solving in Physics (3) A course stressing introductory concepts and problem solving techniques in physics. Intended for students who have not had high school physics. May not be taken for credit by a student who has successfully completed a higher numbered course in Physics. Prereq/Co-req: Math 140.

150 Concepts and Demonstrations in Physics (4) A first course in physics for students with no previous background in physics and not requiring a higher level of physics in their curriculum. The course stresses fundamental physics concepts with demonstration experiments and activities. The course is taught with an integrated laboratory and lecture.

201-202 Physical Measurements (1, 1) An introduction to the principles of physical measurements, data analysis, and the presentation of results. Includes Iectures, data-taking in “open laboratory” and computer analysis of data. Systematic and random errors, instrument uncertainties, error analysis, graph plotting, slope and intercept calculations, linear least squares analysis, and error propagation. Must be taken in sequence. Phys 201L should be taken concurrently with Phys 211.

211-212 College Physics (3, 3) A non-calculus introduction to the basic principles of physics. 211: mechanics, elasticity, fluids, wave motion, sound, and heat. 212: electricity, magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. Must be taken in sequence. Prereq: Math 140 or equivalent.

220 University Physics (4) A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include mechanics, elasticity, oscillatory motion, wave motion, sound, fluids and thermodynamics.Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prereq: Math 251.

221 University Physics (4) A continuation of the calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include: electricity, magnetism, basic circuits, geometrical optics and physical optics. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prereq: Phys 220 and Math 252.

222 University Physics (3) A continuation of the calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of physics. Topics include: relativity, radioactivity, nuclear structure, basic quantum mechanics, atomic structure and solid state physics with applications to lasers and semiconductors, and elementary particles. Prereq: Phys 221 or consent of instructor.

311 (511) Optics (3) Geometric Optics: Ray diagrams and analytic methods applied to reflection and refraction at plane or spherical surfaces, aberrations, stops, lens design, and optical instruments (including the eye). Physical optics: wave theory, absorption, transmission, dispersion, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Prereq: Phys 212 or Phys 222.

331-332 (531-532) Mechanics (3, 3) Kinematics and dynamics of point particles and rigid bodies. 331: vector calculus applied to motion of point particles including orbits, harmonic motion, motion of constrained particle. 332: special relativity (four-vectors), motion of rigid bodies, symmetric top, physical pendulum, elastic solids. An introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. Must be taken in sequence. Prereq: Phys 220 or Phys 211 and instructor’s approval.

441-442 (641-642) Electricity and Magnetism (3, 3) 441: a quantitative study of electric and magnetic fields and their interaction with matter; culminates in the formulation of Maxwell’s equations. 442: application of Maxwell’s equations to the generation and propagation of electromagnetic waves through free space and matter. Must be taken in sequence. Prereq: Phys 221 or Phys 212 and instructor’s approval.

471-472 (671-672) Modern Physics (3, 3) An introduction to quantum mechanics with application to atomic structure, solid state, and nuclear physics. Must be taken in sequence. Prereq: Phys 222 or Phys 212 and instructor’s approval.

491-492 (691-692) Special Projects in Physics (1-3,1-3) Research projects or special topics under the active supervision of a faculty member. Prereq: Junior standing and faculty approval.


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