## 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 non-science majors. **DP**
**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). **DY**
**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.** DP**
**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). **DY**
**PHYS 151 College Physics (3) **Non-calculus physics. Mechanics,
wave motion, heat. Pre: MATH 140 or knowledge of trigonometry.**
DP**
**PHYS 151L College Physics Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Introduction
to experimental analysis, physical observation and measurement, experiments
on conservation laws, fluid friction, oscillations. Pre: 151 (or concurrent).
**DY**
**PHYS 152 College Physics II (3)** Electricity, magnetism,
optics, modern physics. Pre: 151. **DP**
**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). **DY**
**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 MATH 252A (or concurrent). MATH 216 may be substituted
with consent.** DP**
**PHYS 170A General Physics I (4)** Mechanics of particles
and rigid bodies, wave motion, thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Pre:
MATH 242 or MATH 252 or MATH 252A (or concurrent). MATH 216 may be substituted
with consent. **DP**
**PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Similar
to 151L but at 170 level. Pre: 170 (or concurrent). **DY**
**PHYS 190 Earth and Cosmos (4) **Combined lecture and laboratory
course presenting basic principles of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and
meteorology. Suitable for non-science majors. **DP DY**
**PHYS 272 General Physics II (3)** Electricity and magnetism.
Pre: 151/151L or 170/170L and MATH 242 or MATH 252 or MATH 252A. MATH
216 may be substituted with consent. **DP**
**PHYS 272A Honors General Physics II (3) **Electricity
and magnetism. A-F only. Pre: 151/151L or 170/170L and MATH 242 or MATH
252 or MATH 252A. MATH 216 may be substituted with consent. Co-requisite:
272L.
**PHYS 272L General Physics II Lab (1)** (1 3-hr Lab) Similar
to 152L but at 272 level. Pre: 272 (or concurrent) and PHYS 272A, and
151L or 170L. **DY**
**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 243A or MATH 253 (or concurrent);
or consent. **DP**
**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). **DY**
**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 253A (or concurrent); or consent.
**DP**
**PHYS 310 Theoretical Mechanics I (3)** Particle dynamics,
rigid-body dynamics, planetary motion. Pre: 151 or 170, and MATH 244 or
MATH 253A (or concurrent); or consent. **DP**
**PHYS 311 Theoretical Mechanics II (3)** Rigid-body mechanics
continued, fluid dynamics, wave motion, theory of relativity. Pre: 310.
**DP**
**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 253A (or
concurrent); or consent. **DP**
**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 253A and MATH 311, or consent. Recommended:
upper division mathematics course. **DP**
**PHYS 430 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)**
Laws of thermodynamics, heat transfer, kinetic theory, statistical mechanics.
Pre: 274 and MATH 244.** DP**
**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).
**DP**
**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. **DP**
**PHYS 450 Electromagnetic Waves (3)** Field equations,
plane, spherical and guided waves. Pre: 350. **DP**
**PHYS 460 Physical Optics (3)** Fundamentals of classical
physical optics emphasizing linear systems theory, including optical fields
in matter, polarization phenomena, temporal coherence, interference and
diffraction (Fourier optics). Specialized applications include Gaussian
beams, laser resonators, pulse propagation, and nonlinear optics. Pre:
350 and 400 (or concurrent), or EE 371 and EE 315 (or concurrent), or
consent. **DP** (Cross-listed as EE 470)
**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. **DP**
**PHYS 480 Quantum Mechanics I (3)** Wave mechanics, Schroedinger
equation, angular momenta, potential problems. Pre: 274, 310, 350, and
MATH 244 and MATH 311; or consent. Co-requisite: 400. **DP**
**PHYS 480L Advanced Physics Lab (2)** Advanced experiments
in gamma spectroscopy, x-rays, light scattering, Mössbauer effect,
spin resonance, Zeeman effect, solid-state devices. Pre: 274L and 480
(or concurrent), or consent. **DY**
**PHYS 481 Quantum Mechanics II (3)** Continuation of 480;
atomic physics, scattering, perturbation theory. Pre: 480. **DP**
**PHYS 481L Advanced Physics Lab (2)** Advanced experiments
in gamma spectroscopy, x-rays, light scattering, Mössbauer effect,
spin resonance, Zeeman effect, solid-state devices. Pre: 274L and 480
(or concurrent), or consent. **DY**
**PHYS 490 Modern Physics (3)** Introduction to nuclear
and elementary-particle physics. Pre: 480 (or concurrent). **DP**
**PHYS 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)** Enrollment
for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.
**PHYS 505 Physics Workshop 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, or consent.
Repeatable one time. (Cross-listed as NSCI 505)
**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: 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
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) **Contemporary advanced applications
in optics including nonlinear optics and optical parametric oscillators,
atomic lasers and laser systems, and free-electron 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, superconductivity.
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, magnetism, 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. |