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PHYSICS (PH)

Professor Stanley T. Jones, Chairperson
Office: 206 Gallalee Hall

PH 101 General Physics I. Four hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 100.

Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. An introductory course including classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Degree credit can only be awarded for one of the following: PH 101, PH 105, or PH 125.

PH 102 General Physics II. Four hours.

Prerequisite: PH 101.

Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. An introductory course including electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Degree credit can only be awarded for one of the following: PH 102, PH 106, or PH 126.

PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I. Four hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 125.

Lectures and laboratory. Introductory calculus-based course in classical mechanics. Degree credit can only be awarded for one of the following: PH 101, PH 105, or PH 125.

PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II. Four hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 126 and PH 105.

Lectures and laboratory. Introductory calculus-based course in classical physics, including electricity, magnetism, and optics. Degree credit can only be awarded for one of the following: PH 102, PH 106, or PH 126.

PH 115 Descriptive Physics for Non-Science Majors. Four hours.

Credit earned in this course may not be counted toward fulfillment of the requirements for the major or minor in physics. Credit will not be granted for both PH 101 and PH 115. Three lecture hours and one laboratory period. Demonstration lectures on the chief topics of classical and modern physics. Designed for non-science majors who want an introductory course with no math prerequisites.

PH 125 Honors General Physics with Calculus I. Four hours.

Prerequisites: Membership in the University Honors Program or permission of the department; and MATH 125.

Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Introductory calculus-based course in classical mechanics.

PH 126 Honors General Physics with Calculus II. Four hours.

Prerequisites: Membership in the University Honors Program or permission of the department; MATH 126; and PH 125 or PH 105.

Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Introductory calculus-based course in classical physics, including electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Courses numbered 253-334 have as prerequisites PH 101 and PH 102, or PH 105 and PH 106.

PH 253 Introduction to Modern Physics. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 126 and either PH 102 or PH 106.

Study of topics in modern physics, including special relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear structure, solid state physics, and thermodynamics.

PH 255 Modern Physics Laboratory. One hour.

Prerequisite or corequisite: PH 253.

Experimental work in the topics that form the subject matter of PH 253.

PH 301 Mechanics. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 238.

Vector analysis and treatment of Newtonian mechanics at the intermediate level. Offered each semester.

PH 331 Electricity and Magnetism I. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 238.

Electrostatics, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, vector potential, displacement current, and Maxwell's equations. Offered in the fall semester.

PH 332 Electricity and Magnetism II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 331.

Continuation of electricity and magnetism, beginning with Maxwell's equations. Offered in the spring semester.

PH 333 Optics. Four hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 126.

Three lecture hours and one laboratory period. Geometric optics, including matrix method, thin and thick lenses and mirrors, aberrations, stops, and optical instruments. Physical optics, including interference, diffraction, coherence, transfer functions, optical filtering, holography, and lasers. Normally offered in the spring semester.

PH 334 Analog Electronics. Four hours.

Prerequisites: PH 102 or PH 106, and MATH 125.

Three lecture hours and one laboratory period. Theory and practical applications of electronic devices and circuits. Specific topics include DC and AC circuits, semiconductor diode circuits, bipolar and field effect transistor circuits, simple amplifiers and oscillators, and an introduction to operational amplifiers. Offered in the fall semester.

Courses numbered 434-496 have as prerequisites 14 hours of physics, or 11 hours of physics and senior standing.

PH 434 Digital Electronics and Computer Interfacing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 334 or permission of the instructor.

Two laboratory periods. Theory and practical application of digital integrated circuits, including gates, flip-flops, counters, latches, and displays. Computer data acquisition and control using LabView and A/D and D/A fundamentals. Offered in the spring semester.

PH 441 Quantum Structure of Matter I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: PH 253, PH 301, and PH 331; or permission of the instructor.

No graduate credit will be awarded for PH 441. Introduction to quantum mechanics, including solutions to the Schrodinger equation. Offered in the fall semester.

PH 442 Quantum Structure of Matter II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 441.

No graduate credit will be awarded for PH 442. Continuation of quantum mechanics with applications in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics. Offered in the spring semester.

PH 451 Atomic and Molecular Physics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 441.

Detailed study of the structure of simple atomic and molecular systems, perturbation theory, the hydrogen and helium atoms, the hydrogen molecular ion, the hydrogen molecule, and introduction to mathematical methods of molecular physics. Offered in alternate years.

PH 461 Nuclear and Particle Physics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 441.

Stable nuclei, isotopes, nuclidic masses, alpha decay, phase space, gamma ray transitions, Yukawa forces, isotopic spin, scattering, resonance behavior, the quark model, heavy flavors, Higgs bosons, and the electroweak theory. Offered in alternate years.

PH 471 Thermal Physics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 227.

Introduction to thermal phenomena on a macroscopic and a statistical basis, and principles and laws governing them. Offered in the spring semester.

PH 481 Solid State Physics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 441.

Phenomenological treatment of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties and fluorescence, phosphorescence, photoconductivity, and work function; the free-electron model and the band approximation; structures of simple crystals. Offered in alternate years.

PH 491 Advanced Laboratory. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 15 hours of physics including PH 255.

Two laboratory periods and one hour of seminar. Experimental work in modern physics at an advanced level. Normally offered in the fall semester.

PH 493 Introduction to Research. Not to exceed three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member and approval of the department chairperson.

Credit is by arrangement, but no graduate credit will be awarded for PH 493. Student performs research under supervision of a faculty member.

PH 495 Independent Study I. Not to exceed three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member and approval of the department chairperson. No graduate credit.

PH 496 Independent Study II. Not to exceed three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member and approval of department chairperson.

No graduate credit.

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