**Physics (PHYS)**
College of Natural Sciences
*Credit toward the degree given for either 151/151L or 170/170L; and similarly for either 152/152L or 272/272L. However, the courses may come from different sequences.*
**PHYS 100 Survey of Physics (3)** Mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Only algebra and geometry used. For nonscience majors. NS2
**PHYS 100L Survey of Physics Lab (1)** (1 3-hr lab) Hooke's law, falling bodies, collisions, Boyle's law, electric and magnetic fields, induction, waves, optics. Pre: 100 (or concurrent). NS2
**PHYS 122 Introduction to Science: Physical (3)** Characteristics of science, historical development of scientific concepts, and interactions with society illustrated by topics from physical sciences. NS2
**PHYS 122L Introduction to Physical Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Lab experiments illustrating topics and methods in the physical sciences. Pre: 122 (or concurrent). NS2
**PHYS 151 College Physics (3)** Noncalculus physics. Mechanics, wave motion, heat. Pre: MATH 140 or knowledge of trigonometry. NS2
**PHYS 151L College Physics Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Introduction to experimental analysis, physical observation and measurement, experi-ments on conservation laws, fluid friction, oscillations. Pre: 151 (or concurrent). NS2
**PHYS 152 College Physics II (3)** Electricity, magnetism, optics, modern physics. Pre: 151. NS2
**PHYS 152L College Physics Lab II (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Optics, electric and magnetic fields, DC and AC circuitry. Pre: 151L or 170L, and 152 (or concurrent). NS2
**PHYS 170 General Physics I (4)** Mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, wave motion, thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Pre: MATH 242 or MATH 252 (or concurrent). MATH 216 may be substituted with consent. NS2
**PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Similar to 151L but at 170 level. Pre: 170 (or concurrent). NS2
**PHYS 272 General Physics II (3)** Electricity and magnetism. Pre: 151/151L or 170/170L and MATH 242 or MATH 252. MATH 216 may be substituted with consent. NS2
**PHYS 272L General Physics II Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Similar to 152L but at 272 level. Pre: 272 (or concurrent), and 151L or 170L. NS2
**PHYS 274 General Physics III (3)** Relativity, introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, geometrical and physical optics. Pre: 272/272L or 152/152L, and MATH 243 or MATH 253 (or concurrent); or consent.
**PHYS 274L General Physics III Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Experiments illustrating concepts of 274, including speed of light, photoelectric effect, neutron activation of silver, Michelson interferometer. Pre: 152L or 272L, and 274 (or concurrent).
**PHYS 305 Computational Physics (3)** Computer basics, numerical methods, and the solution of physics problems using computers. Pre: 152 or 272, and MATH 244 or MATH 253 (or concurrent); or consent.
**PHYS 310 Theoretical Mechanics I (3)** Particle dynamics, rigid-body dynamics, planetary motion. Pre: 151 or 170, and MATH 244 or MATH 253 (or concurrent); or consent.
**PHYS 311 Theoretical Mechanics II (3)** Rigid-body mechanics continued, fluid dynamics, wave motion, theory of relativity. Pre: 310.
**PHYS 350 Electricity and Magnetism (3)** Electrostatic and magnetostatic fields in vacuum and in matter; induction; Maxwell's equations; AC circuits. Pre: 152 or 272; and MATH 244 or MATH 253 (or concurrent); or consent.
**PHYS 399 Individual Work in Advanced Physics (V)** Limited to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in physics.
**PHYS 400 Applications of Mathematics in Physical Sciences (3)** Mathematical methods, techniques; applications to problems in physical sciences. Pre: MATH 244 or MATH 253 and MATH 311, or consent. Recommended: upper division mathematics course.
**PHYS 430 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)** Laws of thermodynamics, heat transfer, kinetic theory, statistical mechanics. Pre: 274 and MATH 232.
**PHYS 440 Solid-State Physics I (3)** Crystal structure: lattice vibrations; phonon effects; electronic processes in solids (metals, semiconductors, and superconductors). Pre: 274 and 350 (or concurrent).
**PHYS 441 Solid-State Physics II (3)
** Energy-band calculations, optical processes, Josephson effect, theories of dielectrics and magnetism, physics of color centers, order-disorder transformation. Pre: 440.
**PHYS 450 Electromagnetic Waves (3)** Field equations, plane, spherical and guided waves. Pre: 350.
**PHYS 460 Physical Optics (3)** Polarization, coherence, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, optics of solids, laser optics. Pre: 274.
**PHYS 475 Electronics for Physicists (3)** AC/DC circuits, transistors, analog/digital integrated circuits, simple computer interfacing. Interfacing electronics to laboratory experiments is stressed. Pre: junior standing, and 152L or 272L.
**PHYS 480 Quantum Mechanics I (3)
** Wave mechanics, Schroedinger equation, angular momenta, potential problems. Pre: 274, 310, 350, and MATH 244 or MATH 253, and MATH 311; or consent. Co-requisite: 400.
**PHYS 480L Advanced Physics Lab (2)
** Advanced experiments in gamma spectroscopy, x-rays, light scattering, M”ssbauer effect, spin resonance, Zeeman effect, solid-state devices. Pre: 274L and 480 (or concurrent), or consent.
**PHYS 481 Quantum Mechanics II (3)
** Continuation of 480; atomic physics, scattering, perturbation theory. Pre: 480.
**PHYS 481L Advanced Physics Lab (2)** Advanced experiments in gamma spectroscopy, x-rays, light scattering, M”ssbauer effect, spin resonance, Zeeman effect, solid-state devices. Pre: 274L and 480 (or concurrent), or consent.
**PHYS 490 Modern Physics (3)** Introduction to nuclear and elementary-particle physics. Pre: 480 (or concurrent).
**PHYS 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1)** Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master's Plan B or C candidate and consent.
**PHYS 505V Conceptual Physics for Teachers (V)** Major concepts of physics taught by means of hands-on conceptual activities for elementary and secondary teachers. Restricted to in-service teachers. Repeatable once.
**PHYS 600 Methods of Theoretical Physics (3)** Mathematical tools of theoretical physics. Continuation of 400 but with an independent selection of topics. Pre: 400 or consent. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 610 Analytical Mechanics I (3)** Dynamics of particles, particle systems; rigid bodies; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian equations; special relativity. Pre: 400 (or concurrent), 600 (or concurrent); or MATH 402. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 650 Electrodynamics I (3)** Potential theory, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, boundary value problems. Pre: 450; and 400 (or concurrent), 600 (or concurrent), or MATH 402. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 651 Electrodynamics II (3)** Relativistic electrodynamics, radiation by charged particles. Pre: 650. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 660 Advanced Optics (3)** Wave motion, interference, diffraction, fundamentals of spectroscopy, optics from the point of view of electromagnetic theory, lasers. Pre: 460.
**PHYS 670 Quantum Mechanics (3)** Physical basis and formulation of quantum theory. Exact solutions of Schroedinger equation and their applications. Approximation methods. Applications to atomic, nuclear, and molecular physics. Pre: 481 and MATH 402, or equivalent.
**PHYS 671 Quantum Mechanics (3)** Physical basis and formulation of quantum theory. Exact solutions of Schroedinger equation and their applications. Approximation methods. Applications to atomic, nuclear, and molecular physics. Pre: 670.
**PHYS 690 Seminar (V)** Discussions and reports on physical theory and recent developments. CR/NC only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
**PHYS 694 Condensed Matter Seminar (1)** Results and discussions of current topics in condensed matter physics. Repeatable with consent.
**PHYS 695 Seminar on Atomic and Solid-State Physics (1)** Reports and discussion on recent developments in atomic, surface, and solid-state physics. Repeatable with consent.
**PHYS 696 Seminar on Elementary Particle Physics (1)
** Reports and discussion on recent developments in elementary particle physics. Repeatable four times. Pre: consent.
**PHYS 699 Directed Research (V)** Pre: consent.
**PHYS 700 Thesis Research (V)** Research for master's thesis.
**PHYS 711 Topics in Particles and Fields (3)** Topics in current theoretical research; e.g., unified field theories, general relativity, gravitation, and cosmology. Repeatable. Pre: consent.
**PHYS 712 Special Topics: Experimental Physics (3)** Topics in current experimental research in low-energy physics, high-energy physics, cross-disciplinary physics. Repeatable in different topics. Pre: consent.
**PHYS 713 Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Theory (3)** Topics in condensed matter theory, e.g., group theory, many-body techniques, renormalization group, density functional theory, other topics of current interest. Repeatable. Pre: 670 and consent.
**PHYS 730 Statistical Physics I (3)** Equilibrium thermodynamics; Gibbs ensembles; quantum statistics; ideal and non-ideal Fermi; Bose and Boltzmann gases; phase transitions; and critical phenomena. Pre: 670. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 731 Statistical Physics II (3)** Nonequilibrium thermodynamics, transport theory, fluctuation dissipation theorem, many-body Green's function methods, normal Fermi and Bose liquids, superfluidity, superconduc-tivity. Pre: 670 and 730. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 772 Quantum Field Theory I (3)** Relativistic wave equations and their solutions. Dirac's theory of the electron, propagator techniques. Applications to quantum electrodynamics. Pre: 671. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 773 Quantum Field Theory II (3)** Local gauge invariance, Yang-Mills theory: quantum chromodynamics, spontaneous symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons; the standard electroweak theory; grand unified theories. Pre: 772. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 777 Nuclear and Particle Physics
(3)** Nuclear physics; electrodynamics; hadron structure and partons. Techniques of particle physics. Pre: 481 and 671. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 778 Nuclear and Particle Physics II (3)** Quantum chromodynamics; electroweak interactions; the standard model. Techniques of particle physics. Pre: 777 and 772, or consent. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 785 Solid-State Theory (3)** Crystal symmetry, electronic excitations in solids, transport theory, optical properties, cohesive energy, lattice vibrations, electron-phonon interaction, electron-electron interaction, mag-netism, superconductivity. Pre: 670. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 786 Solid-State Theory (3)** Crystal symmetry, electronic excitations in solids, transport theory, optical properties, cohesive energy, lattice vibrations, electron-phonon interaction, magnetism, superconductivity. Pre: 785. (Alt. years)
**PHYS 800 Dissertation Research (V)** Research for doctoral dissertation.
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