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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