# PHYS - Physics

## PHYS-10000 Elementary Laboratory Physics

This course provides an introduction to physics concepts and applications from areas such as mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and/or modern physics. Specific topics and applications covered are at the discretion of the instructor. This is a hands-on, laboratory/activity-based course in which the scientific method will be used to explore physics principles and application in our everyday world. Laboratory fee applies.

## PHYS-10500 Introduction to Astronomy

## PHYS-106XX Topics in Physical Science

This course is a physical science option for students in the humanities, social sciences, or communication arts. It develops and explains some of the important findings of classical and modern physical science. Topics will vary.

## PHYS-10800 Energy and Society

Energy production and use has shaped many aspects of society and the world in which we live. This course will discuss what energy is, its production and consumption, and ways it impacts society. The physics and technology of energy generation, transmission/transport, storage, and use, including limitations and issues involved with these, will be covered both qualitatively and quantitatively. Various types of energy sources, including fossil fuels, water, nuclear, solar, and wind, will be considered. Impacts of energy production, consumption, and waste on society, climate, and the environment will be discussed. This course partially fulfills the Science General Education requirement.

## PHYS-11000 Weather and Climate

Students are introduced to physical principles and their application to students' everyday experience with weather.

## PHYS-12000 Integrated Science 1

### Corequisites

PHYS 12100## PHYS-12100 Integrated Science 1 Lab

This course is the laboratory companion to PHYS 12000 Integrated Science 1. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 12000## PHYS-13000 Applied Physics for Aviation

This course covers units and measurement, vectors, forces and motion, drag and lift, equilibrium of forces during flight, energy, momentum, and gravitation. Selected topics related to aviation and avionics from rotational and oscillatory motion, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; electricity; electrical energy; magnetism; electromagnetic induction; linear and wave optics; atmospheric optics; and chemical and material properties. This is an integrated lecture/lab course. Laboratory fee applies.

## PHYS-14000 Fundamentals of Space Science

The purpose of this course is to provide secondary education teachers with an introductory overview of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. The formation, evolution, and properties of each are discussed.

## PHYS-20000 College Physics 1

This course offers a study of the fundamental laws of mechanics, forces and motions, energy, material properties, fluids, and heat. This course partially fulfills the Science General Education requirement.

*IAI: P1 900*

### Prerequisites

MATH 19900 recommended or three years of high school mathematics or equivalent### Corequisites

PHYS 20100## PHYS-20100 College Physics 1 Lab

This laboratory reinforces the concepts discussed in PHYS 20000 and develops experimental skills. Laboratory fee applies.

*IAI: P1 900L*

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PHYS 20000## PHYS-20500 College Physics 2

This course is a study of waves and sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and topics in modern physics.

### Prerequisites

PHYS 20000 with C- or better### Corequisites

PHYS 20600## PHYS-20600 College Physics 2 Lab

This laboratory reinforces the concepts discussed in PHYS 20500 and develops experimental skills. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 20500## PHYS-20900 Applied College Physics

This course focuses on the application of specific fundamental principles of physics and chemical physics to contemporary industrial requirements and products. Information and skills treated in this course will vary according to the needs of the company and/or student.

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MATH 19900 or three years of high school mathematics or equivalent## PHYS-21000 General Physics 1

This course is the first of three introductory calculus-based Physics courses and provides the foundation for the other two. Translational, rotational, and oscillatory motions of objects and the forces and torques acting on them are covered. Newton's Laws and the laws of conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum are emphasized. This course plus the associated lab (PHYS 21100) fulfills the Science General Education requirement.

### Prerequisites

MATH 20900 or concurrent### Corequisites

PHYS 21100## PHYS-21100 General Physics 1 Lab

This is the laboratory component to PHYS 21000. Experiments reinforcing topics in mechanics are conducted, and measurement techniques and data analysis are emphasized. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 21000## PHYS-21500 General Physics 2

This course is a calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism. Properties and sources of electric and magnetic fields are investigated. Electric and magnetic forces and torques; induction; DC and, time permitting, AC circuits; and the physics of various circuit components are covered. Maxwell's equations are introduced. Courses PHYS 21500 and PHYS 21800 may be taken in any order.

### Prerequisites

PHYS 21000 with a C- or better and MATH 23500 or concurrent### Corequisites

PHYS 21600## PHYS-21600 General Physics 2 Lab

This is the laboratory companion to PHYS 21500. Experiments reinforcing topics in electricity and magnetism are conducted, and electric circuits are a primary focus of this laboratory. Measurement techniques and data analysis will be emphasized. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 21500## PHYS-21800 General Physics 3

This course is a calculus-based introduction to waves, light, thermodynamics, and modern physics. Wave properties, electromagnetic radiation, geometric and wave optics, heat and thermodynamics, special relativity, and an introduction to modern physics will be covered. Courses PHYS 21500 and PHYS 21800 may be taken in any order.

### Prerequisites

PHYS 21000 with C- or better and MATH 23500 or concurrent### Corequisites

PHYS 21900## PHYS-21900 General Physics 3 Lab

This is the laboratory companion to PHYS 21800. The primary focus of this laboratory is on waves and optics though other pertinent experiments may also be conducted. Students also conduct a multi-week project in this lab. Measurement techniques and data analysis are emphasized. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 21800## PHYS-24200 Introduction to Materials Physics

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CHEM 22700## PHYS-29600 Research Methods Seminar

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PHYS 21000 or CHEM 1100 recommended## PHYS-30000 Mechanics

Following an introduction to vector analysis this course develops the Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. The power of each of these formulation is examined through their application to the solution of a broad range of problems in particle and rigid body dynamics and oscillation theory.

### Prerequisites

PHYS 21000 and MATH 25000### Corequisites

MATH 30000 recommended## PHYS-30600 Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences

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PHYS 21000 and MATH 25000 or concurrent## PHYS-31000 Electricity and Magnetism

This course develops Maxwell's Equations through a survey of electrostatics, conductors and dielectrics, magnetostatics, magnetic materials, and induction. The vector calculus used in this course is also reviewed. Time permitting, electromagnetic radiation and waves will be introduced.

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PHYS 21500 and MATH 25000; MATH 30000 recommended## PHYS-31100 Analog and Digital Electronics

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PHYS 21600## PHYS-31800 Optics

This course builds on the Physical and Geometrical Optics covered in PHYS 21800 and PHYS 21900. Topics include wave optics and beam propagation, Fourier optics, Gaussian beams, optical properties of atoms and laser gain media, laser design, light detection, and applications of lasers. Other topics such as nonlinear optics or quantum optics may also be discussed at the instructor’s discretion. This course has lecture and laboratory components and meets for 6 hours each week. Laboratory fee applies.

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PHYS 21800 and PHYS 21900 with C- or better## PHYS-33100 Thermodynamics

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the thermodynamics of the gaseous, liquid and solid states of matter and solutions.

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PHYS 21800 and MATH 25000## PHYS-34100 Modern Physics

This course builds on PHYS 21800. It covers special relativity, foundations of quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger Equation in 1D, an introduction to the hydrogen atom, and spin. The Pauli exclusion principle and application to atomic electron shell filling and periodic table properties will also be discussed.

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PHYS 21800 and MATH 25000 with C- or better## PHYS-34200 Applied Modern Physics: Atoms, Molecules, and Condensed Matter

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CHEM 30500 or PHYS 34100 or consent of instructor## PHYS-34300 Applied Modern Physics: Nuclear and Particle Physics

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PHYS 34100 or consent of the instructor## PHYS-36000 An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology

Students explore the physics of the atmosphere, including the thermodynamics of dry and moist air, the equations of motion on a rotating Earth, atmospheric motions under balanced forces, variations in wind and pressure fields and their relation to "weather," numerical modeling of the atmosphere and the application of principles to forecasting.

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PHYS 21800## PHYS-36500 Intermediate Physics Laboratory

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PHYS 21600, PHYS 21800 and PHYS 21900## PHYS-37100 Workshop in Physics

This course provides the student with concepts, methods, and hands-on experience covering a wide range of topics of current interest in Physics.

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Varies by topic## PHYS-40100 Computational Mechanics

This course builds on PHYS 30000. Computational techniques will be used to study various topics in mechanics selected at the discretion of the instructor. Topics may include Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formulations of mechanics and their applications, coupled oscillators, fluids, non-linear systems, and/or chaos.

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PHYS 30000 with C- or better## PHYS-41100 Computational Electrodynamics

This course is a continuation of PHYS 31000. Maxwell's Equations are used to describe EM radiation, reflection and refraction, polarization, and energy density. Applications may include radiating charges, antennae, waveguides, transmission lines, and/or relativistic electrodynamics. Computational techniques will be used to study and model these phenomena.

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PHYS 31000 with C- or better## PHYS-44100 Quantum Mechanics

Building on the theory developed in PHYS 34100 Modern Physics, this course will develop operator techniques, Dirac notation, angular momentum, perturbation theory, and scattering theory. Applications of quantum mechanics in solid state, nuclear, and/or particle physics will be introduced.

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PHYS 34100 or CHEM 30500 with C- or better## PHYS-44200 Solid State Physics

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PHYS 34200 or PHYS 44100 or consent of the instructor## PHYS-44300 Nuclear and Particle Physics

This course builds on the material covered in PHYS 34300. Topics include nuclear structure models, nuclear decay, Standard Model particles and interactions, conservation laws, angular momentum and isospin, Feynman diagrams, boson and fermion properties, and fundamentals of experimental nuclear and particle physics. Physics beyond the Standard Model, nuclear and particle astrophysics, or other contemporary topics may be discussed at the instructor’s discretion.

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PHYS 34300 or PHYS 44100 or consent of instructor## PHYS-46500 Capstone Project

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PHYS 36500 and PHYS 49600 or consent of instructor## PHYS-47000 Undergraduate Research

Students work under faculty supervision on a research project in Physics, Chemical Physics, Optics, or a related area chosen in consultation with the faculty member. This course may be repeated multiple times for credit.

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Consent of instructor## PHYS-49600 Physics Seminar

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PHYS 29600 or consent of instructor## PHYS-498XX Special Topics in Physics

Students study a specific area of interest in Physics. Topics vary with semester. Course may be repeated for credit if different topics are offered.

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Advanced standing and consent of the instructor## PHYS-49900 Independent Study

Students undertake advanced study in Physics under the supervision of a department faculty member.