Physics : Courses

PHY 100 Introduction to Physics

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Preparation for PHY 107-PHY 108 or PHY 101-PHY 102. Covers mostly Newtonian mechanics, emphasizing problem solving and math skills useful for physics. Reviews algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as applied to physics.

PHY 101 College Physics

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Presents non-calculus, introductory physics, including mechanics, heat, waves, and sound. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

PHY 102 College Physics II

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Presents non-calculus, introductory physics, including electricity and magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics.

PHY 107 General Physics I

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A calculus-based introductory course primarily for chemistry, engineering, and physics majors. Covers kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and oscillations.

PHY 108 General Physics II

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A calculus based introductory course primarily for chemistry, engineering, and physics majors. Covers the electric field, Gauss' law, electric potential, capacitance, DC circuits, RC circuits, magnetic field, Faraday's law, inductance, LR circuits, AC circuits, and Maxwell's equations.

PHY 116 Philosophy of Physics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies views of space, time, and matter in the ancient world; European post-Renaissance, nineteenth-century ideas and discoveries; wave-particle dualism; wave mechanics; Copenhagen school; theory of relativity; and problems of matter, radiation, and cosmology.

PHY 117 Honors Physics I

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers the same topics as PHY 107, but in greater depth. Class size is limited. In general, taken by students in the University Honors College, but other students may take it with permission of instructor.

PHY 118 Honors Physics II

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers the same topics as PHY 108, but in greater depth. Class size is limited. In general, taken by students in the University Honors College, but other students may take it with permission of instructor.

PHY 119 How Things Work

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Describes working principles of devices used in everyday life, such as the video recorder, fax machine, and television. Reviews the history of discoveries that made each device possible, as well as development of the device. Explores the consequences of particular devices in society. Suitable for non-science majors, but science and engineering majors are expected to greatly benefit from it also.

PHY 121 Descriptive Astronomy I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces astronomy, astronomical instrumentation, the birth and evolution of stars, black holes, constellations and the night sky, covering scales in the universe, the history of astronomy from ancient times to the present, neutron stars, spectroscopy, and white dwarfs.

PHY 122 Descriptive Astronomy II

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A continuation of PHY 121. Covers the Milky Way galaxy, othe galaxies in the universe, cosmology and the origin of the universe, the formation of the solar system, earthlike planets, planets of the outer solar system, meteorites, asteroids, and comets. Course themes concentrate on origins: How did the universe begin? What was the origin of the earth? How did life begin?

PHY 151 College Physics I Lab

Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies heat, mechanics, sound, and waves.

PHY 152 College Physics II Lab

Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies electricity and magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics.

PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Conducts experiments on mechanics, as well as electricity and magnetism.

PHY 207 General Physics III

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines sound waves, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Introduces modern physics, including discovery of the electron, the photon, wave-particle duality, the Bohr model of H-atom, the Schrödinger equation, quantum numbers, the Pauli principle and periodic table, and lasers.

PHY 208 General Physics IV

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines thermodynamics, including temperature, zeroth law, thermal expansion, specific heat, first law, second law, entropy, third law, kinetic theory, Brownian motion, and the ideal gas. Also explores special relativity, including historical background, Lorentz transformations, length contraction, time dilation, invariance of the laws of physics, relativistic dynamics and kinematics, and paradoxes.

PHY 217 Honors Physics III

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers the same topics as PHY 207, but in greater depth. Class size is limited. In general, taken by students in the University Honors College, but other students may take it with permission of instructor.

PHY 257 General Physics III Lab

Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Conducts experiments on waves, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics.

PHY 286 Maple in Physics

Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces basic syntax and capabilities of this computer calculus/algebra system as applied to obtain analytical solutions to problems in physics. Students taking PHY 386 learn the same syntax as PHY 286 students, but are required to do more advanced problems such as occur in junior-senior physics courses. A student may receive academic credit for only one of the two courses.

PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Vectors, Newtonian mechanics: rectilinear motion of a particle, general motion of a particle in three dimensions, oscillations, Hamilton's variational principle: derivation of Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's equations with simple applications , equivalence to Newtonian dynamics, forces of constraint and the Lagrange multiplier method, generalized forces, noninertial reference systems, gravitation and central forces.

PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Whenever feasible, the Lagrangian method will be applied. Dynamics of systems of particles, mechanics of rigid bodies: planar motion, motion of rigid bodies in three dimensions, dynamics of oscillating systems.

PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Conducts experiments in thermodynamics and modern physics.

PHY 311 Applied Acoustics of Music

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A general, practical course. Covers the nature of sound; the ear and the hearing process; consonance and dissonance; scales and harmonic series; basic physics of musical instruments; high fidelity systems; and theatre, studio, and room acoustics.

PHY 386 Maple in Physics

Credits: 1
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces basic syntax and capabilities of the computer calculus/algebra system as applied to obtain analytical solutions to problems in physics. Students taking PHY 386 learn the same syntax as PHY 286 students, but are required to do more advanced problems such as occur in junior-senior physics courses. A student may receive academic credit for only one of the two courses.

PHY 401 Modern Physics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Origins of quantum theory, wave function and the uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation, one-dimensional examples, formalism of quantum mechanics.

PHY 402 Modern Physics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Angular momentum, three-dimensional problems, hydrogen atom, time-independant perturbation theory, electron spin and fine structure, time-dependent perturbation theory, quantum statistics.

PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines vector calculus, Gauss' law, scalar and vector potentials, Laplace and Poisson's equations, dielectrics, electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, and Maxwell's equations.

PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Undertakes further study of Maxwell's equations, electric and magnetic susceptibilities, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic fields from a moving charge, waveguides and transmission lines, Poynting's vector, and Lorentz force. Also examines relativistic invariance.

PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores statistics and statistical description of particles; statistical and macroscopic thermodynamics; basic results of classical statistical mechanics and connections with thermodynamics; microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles; applications to ideal gases, paramagnets, and lattice vibrations; kinetic theory; and phase equilibrium of one-component systems.

PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers quantum statistics of ideal Bose and Fermi systems, applications to electrons in metals, blackbody radiation, Bose condensation, neutron stars, interacting systems, lattice vibrations, nonideal gases, ferromagnets, kinetic theory of transport processes, irreversible processes, and fluctuations.

PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Covers modern physics, with a choice of experiments: atomic physics, modern laser optics, solid state, magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, nuclear, or particle physics. Two four-hour labs each week.

PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Covers modern physics, with a choice of experiments: atomic physics, modern laser optics, solid state, magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, nuclear, or particle physics. Two four-hour labs each week.

PHY 410 Computational Physics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines numerical solutions of problems in dynamics, electrodynamics, and quantum and statistical physics. Also examines root-finding, numerical differentiation, quadrature, matrix inversion, and ordinary differential equations. Studies structured programming in FORTRAN 90, C++, or Java; and explores Computer graphics.

PHY 411 Computational Physics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
More advanced physics problems involving partial differential equations. Numerical simulation and Monte Carlo methods, data analysis and fast Fourier transforms, use of mathematical library routines and computer algebra programs.

PHY 412 Nuclear and Particle Physics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores fundamentals of nuclear physics, including interaction of radiation with matter; properties of nuclear forces; nuclear structure described by shell and collective models; nuclear reactions; radioactive decay processes; and properties of elementary particles.

PHY 413 Electronics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces basic concepts of circuit design, impedance, and feedback systems; solid-state components; integrated circuits; digital circuits; and basic instrumentation.

PHY 414 Experimental Techniques

Credits: 2 - 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves individual work with faculty in a research laboratory.

PHY 415 Experimental Techniques

Credits: 2 - 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves individual work with faculty in a research laboratory.

PHY 431 Mathematical Physics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: MTH 417 and MTH 418
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Fundamentals of mathematical physics. Includes linear and operator algebra, multiple integrals, Fourier series and transforms, calculus of variations, special functions, and partial differential equations. Focuses on specific applications in classical dynamics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and fluid dynamics.

PHY 480 Special Topics in Physics

Credits: 1 - 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics of interest that are not regularly covered in other courses.

PHY 497 Honors

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
For students who wish to do a senior thesis. Consult the undergraduate director for details.

PHY 498 Undergraduate Research

Credits: 1 - 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Allows students to earn credit for research activities under the direction of a physics faculty member.

PHY 499 Independent Study in Physics

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Involves individual study arranged between a student and a faculty member. Not restricted to students with professional goals in technical areas.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:02 EST