Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 1010 - Physics and the World Around Us

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Basic concepts of physics emphasizing the meaning of modern developments of the science. High school mathematics required. Fulfills three credit hours of the general science requirement. For non-science majors; does not apply toward the area of concentration with a major in physics.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1015 - Physics and the World Around Us

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Basic concepts of physics emphasizing the meaning of modern developments of the science. High school mathematics required. Fulfills three credit hours of the general science requirement. For non-science majors; does not apply toward the area of concentration with a major in physics.

Attributes: Prof. Studies Students Only

PHYS 1050 - Intro to Physics of Human Body

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Discusses the physics of certain aspects of the working of the human body. Fulfills three credit hours of the general science requirement. Primarily for non-science major in physics.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1110 - Introduction to Physics

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Broad survey of physics. Introduction to computational and laboratory methods. Enrollment limited to students majoring in physics.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1130 - Introduction to Astronomy

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits

Modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Fulfills three credit hours of the general science requirement. For non-science majors; does not apply toward the area of concentration with a major in physics.

Prerequisite(s): (1 Course from MATH 120-4999 or Math Waiver per Advisor with a minimum score of 1200)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1150 - Einstein's Universe

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The life and science of Albert Einstein and his multi-faceted impact on modern physics and society is explored. Primarily for non-science majors, may be taken as allied elective by physics majors. Preq: High School Algebra or equivalent.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1220 - General Physics I

Credit(s): 0 or 4 Credits

Prerequisite: High school algebra. Lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory in mechanics and heat. For School of Allied Health Professions students only. Fall semester.

Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students in the Doisy College Health Sciences college.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1240 - General Physics II

Credit(s): 0 or 4 Credits

Lectures, demonstrations and laboratory in electricity, magnetism, wave motion, sound, optics and modern physics. For School of Allied Health Professions students only. Spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1220

Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students in the Doisy College Health Sciences college.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1310 - Physics I

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lectures and demonstrations in mechanics and heat. PHYS-1320 should be taken concurrently with PHYS-1310. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 1200, 1 Course from MATH 1410-4999, or MATH 1400)

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1320

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1320 - Physics I Laboratory

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Should be taken concurrently with PHYS-1310. Laboratory in mechanics and heat.Fall semester.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1310

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1330 - Physics II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lectures and demonstrations in electricity, magnetism, wave motion, sound, optics and modern physics. (Offered every Spring)

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1310

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1340

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1340 - Physics II Laboratory

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Laboratory in electricity, magnetism, wave motion, sound, optics and modern physics. (Offered every Spring)

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1330

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1350 - Aviation Physics

Credit(s): 0 or 4 Credits

Units and measurement; vectors; force and motion; energy; momentum; gravitation; forces of drag and lift; rotational motion; equilibrium of forces during flight; harmonic motion; selected topics in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; electricity; electrical energy; magnetism; electromagnetic induction; linear and wave optics; atmospheric optics; laboratory experiments relating to the topics above. Fall and Spring semesters. Prerequisite: Knowledge of high school algebra and trigonometry.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1610 - Engineering Physics I

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Calculus and vector approaches to study of kinematics, statics and dynamics; work and energy; impulse and momentum; circular motion and gravity; rotational motion and equilibrium; vibrations, waves and sound; heat; fluid mechanics; elasticity.

Prerequisite(s): ((MATH 1510 or MATH 1520*))

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1620

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1620 - Engineering Physics I Laboratory

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Laboratory experiments to illustrate and supplement material in PHYS-1610. Co-requisite: PHYS-1610 (Offered every Fall and Spring)

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1610

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1630 - Engineering Physics II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Calculus and vector approaches to study of electric charges, forces, fields and potentials; electric current; magnetic forces and fields; electromagnetic waves; light and geometrical optics; mirrors and lenses. Co-requisite: PHYS-1640. (Offered every Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite(s): (PHYS 1610, PHYS 1620, and PHYS 1640*)

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1640

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1640 - Engineering Physics II Laboratory

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Laboratory experiments to illustrate and supplement material in PHYS-1630. Co-requisite(s): PHYS-1630. (Offered every Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite(s): (PHYS 1610 and PHYS 1620)

Corequisite(s): PHYS 1630

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 1980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 2610 - Modern Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lectures three hours per week. At the level of Beiser's Concepts of Modern Physics. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH-1520. Spring semester.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 2620 - Modern Physics Lab

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Prerequisite(s): One year General Physics. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH-1520 & PHYS-2610. Spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2610*; (MATH 143* or Math Waiver per Advisor with a minimum score of 1520)

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 2910 - Co-Op with Industry

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

A full-time supervised work experience with an agency, firm or organization that employs persons in this degree field. This course is used for the first experiential learning session. Grading system is determined by department offering course. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Offered every semester.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 2930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PHYS 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3110 - Classical Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The elementary theory of the statics, kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. At the level of Symon's Mechanics. Prerequisite(s): MATH-2530.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 2530

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3120 - Advanced Classical Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Continuation of PHYS-3110, continuum mechanics and introduction to the analytical methods of Lagrange and Hamilton.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3310 - Optics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lectures and demonstrations three hours per week. Physical and geometrical optics. Pre-requisites: PHYS 1630 and MATH 2530.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3320 - Optics Laboratory

Credit(s): 1 Credit

The fundamental experiments of modern optics are repeated in this course. Three hours per week. It is to be taken concurrently with PHYS-3310.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 3310

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3410 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

At the level of Schroeder's Thermal Physics. Prerequisite PHYS-1630 & MATH-2530 Co-requisite: MATH-3550.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 3550* and PHYS 1630

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3510 - Analog & Digital Electronics

Credit(s): 0 or 4 Credits

Lecture-laboratory six hours per week. Fundamentals of digital circuits with applications to computers. Operational amplifiers. Interfacing of computers with experimental equipment for data collection and control. One year General Physcis, MATH-2530.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3610 - Modern Physics II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3860 - Physics Research I

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

First of three course sequence required for B.S. degree in Physics.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3910 - Co-Op with Industry

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

A full-time supervised work experience with an agency, firm or organization that employs persons in this degree field. This course is used for the second experiential learning session. Grading system is determined by department offering course. (Offered every Fall, Spring and Summer)

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2910

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3915 - Internship with Industry

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

A work experience with an agency, firm or organization that employs persons in this degree field. This experience may be full time or part-time as required by the industry sponsor. This course is used for the first experiential learning session. Grading system is determined by department offering course. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered every semester.

Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior or Senior.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PHYS 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4010 - Nanoscience and Nanofabrication Frontiers

Credit(s): 0 or 3 Credits

The Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology applications have become increasingly important for industry and manufacturing. This interdisciplinary physics course is designed to introduce concepts and take a detailed look at how to study, understand and present interdisciplinary science that has significant experimental design components. This course will be devoted to several topics such as Nanoscale Physics, Nanomaterials Engineering, Nanofabrication and Nanolithography. Prerequisites: (Grade C+ or better in PHYS 1630 Engineering Physics II, and CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I,) and MATH 2530 Calculus III, or instructor’ s approval.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1110 with a grade of C or higher; MATH 2530 with a grade of C or higher; PHYS 1630 with a grade of C or higher

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4020 - Experimental Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Experimental Physics teaches students basic techniques such as principles of ultra high vacuum, IV curve and resistance measurements, computer automation, microwave circuit design and measurements. We will also measure microwave resonators and quantum bits at 50 mK. All class work will consist of lab work in a studio classroom.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4030 - Mathematical Methods in Physics with elements of Classical Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The course introduces a variety of powerful mathematical techniques of great utility to physics. Topics covered include differential and integral equations, complex analysis, Green's functions, and variational methods, including Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. Mathematical methods are illustrated with examples from modern research topics.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 261 and MATH 370

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4060 - Numerical Analysis and Computational Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The course introduces numerical techniques and computing strategies used in computational physics and engineering. It will provide practical knowledge of computing on different platforms, ranging from High Performance Computing clusters to embedded systems in modern devices. Topics covered include linear algebra, filters, finite elements, optimization, parallel computing.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4110 - Intro to Biophysics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course covers the basic concepts in biophysics at the fluid, cellular, macromolecular, and molecular levels, including diffusion processes, self-assembly, cooperative transitions, ion pumping, basic ideas of “molecular machines”, and passage of action potentials in neurons.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3410

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4210 - Electricity & Magnetism I

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lecture three hours per week. At the level of Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics. Spring semester, Prerequisite(s): MATH-3550.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 3550

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4220 - Electricity & Magnetism II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lecture three hours per week. Electromagnetic Fields at an advanced level, a continuation of PHYS-4210. Fall semester.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4410 - General Relativity

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. The special theory of relativity is reviewed, tensor analysis is introduced, and the general theory is approached through an examination of curved space-time and geodesic trajectories. Applications including black holes and cosmology are explored. Prerequisite(s): PHYS-2610, MATH-3550.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 3550; PHYS 2610

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4610 - Quantum Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

At the level of Griffiths, Introduction to the Quantum Mechanics.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2610; PHYS 3110

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4620 - Application of Quantum Mechanics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Further development of Quantum Mechanics with applications to statistical mechanics, quantum optics, atomic, nuclear, particle and solid state physics. Spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4610

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4840 - Senior Inquiry: Thesis

Credit(s): 0 Credits

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4870 - Physics Research II

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Second of three course sequence required for B.S. degree in Physics.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4880 - Senior Inquiry: Research Project

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Third of three course sequence required for B.S. degree in Physics (3 Cr), or satisfies senior inquiry requirement for B.A. degree in Physics (0-3 Cr).

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4890 - Senior Inquiry: Comprehensive Examination

Credit(s): 0 Credits

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4910 - Co-Op with Industry

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

A full-time supervised work experience with an agency, firm or organization that employs persons in this degree field. This course is used for the third experiential learning session. Grading system is determined by department offering course. (Offered every Fall, Spring and Summer)

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3910

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4915 - Internship with Industry

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

A work experience with an agency, firm or organization that employs persons in this degree field. This experience may be full time or part-time as required by the industry sponsor. Grading system is determined by department offering course. (Offered every Fall, Spring and Summer)

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3915

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 4980 - Advanced Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of sponsoring professor and chairperson required.

Attributes: Natural Science Req (A&S)

PHYS 5010 - Nanoscience and Nanofabrication Frontiers

Credit(s): 0 or 3 Credits

Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology applications have become increasingly important for industry and manufacturing. This course is designed to introduce concepts and take a detailed look at how to study, understand and present interdisciplinary science. The course will be devoted to several topics in Nanoscale physics, Nanochemistry, Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanolithography.

PHYS 5020 - Experimental Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Experimental Physics teaches students basic techniques such as principles of ultra high vacuum, IV curve and resistance measurements, computer automation using LabVIEW, computer drafting of micro scale circuitry using L-Edit, and microwave simulations using Sonnet. All class work will consist of lab work ina studio classroom. Offered periodically in even years.

PHYS 5030 - Mathematical Methods in Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course introduces a variety of powerful mathematical techniques of great utility to physics. Topics covered include differential and integral equations, complex analysis, Green's functions, and variational methods, including Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism of classical mechanics. Mathematical methods are illustrated with examples from electrodynamics, statistical, quantum, and classical mechanics.

PHYS 5060 - Numerical Analysis and Computational Physics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The course introduces numerical techniques and computing strategies used in computational physics and engineering. It will provide practical knowledge of computing on different platforms,ranging from High Performance Computing clusters to embedded systems in modern devices. Topics covered include linear algebra,filters, finite elements, optimization, parallel computing. Prerequisties: PHYS-2610 or PHYS-3510, or CSCI-1060 or CSCI 1300, or equivalent. Open to graduate students only.

Prerequisite(s): (PHYS 2610, PHYS 3510, CSCI 1060, or CSCI 1300)

PHYS 5310 - Optics for Educators

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will provide an upper level introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern optics, including: Review of ray optics and optical properties of lenses; Wave properties of light; Wave interference (including beats); Interference from two discrete sources of light; Interference from N discrete sources of light; Diffraction of light passing through apertures and past obstacles (plugs); Quantum nature of light (including photon counting); Laser physics. Offered in spring.

PHYS 5320 - Optics Lab for Educators

Credit(s): 1 Credit

This course will provide an upper level introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern optics, including: Review of ray optics and optical properties of lenses; Wave properties of light; Wave interference; Interference from two discrete sources of light; Interference from N discrete sources of light; Diffraction of light passing through apertures and past obstacles; Quantum nature of light (including photon counting); Laser physics, including principles of Raman Spectroscopy and Confocal Raman Imaging. Offered in spring.

PHYS 5510 - Electronics for Educators

Credit(s): 4 Credits

This course will provide an upper level introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern electronics. It will give fundamentals of analog and digital circuits design, characterization, and integration with computing system in modern classroom. The covered material includes filters, amplifiers, digital logic, analog and digital signal processing, micro-controllers. A special emphasis will be made on hands-on experience with modern circuits design for high-impact demonstrations. Offered in fall.

PHYS 5610 - Modern Physics for Educators

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will provide an upper level introduction to topics in Modern Physics including Atomic Physics, Statistical Physics, Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, Elementary particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology.

PHYS 5930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PHYS 5980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)