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Lecture 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 111 Introductory Physics Seminar. 1 hour, pass/fail.
Lecture series on current topics in physics. Open to all undergraduates. A broad introduction to exciting developments in modern physics at an introductory level. Faculty will present recent developments including student suggestions.
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.
Lecture, discussion, 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.
Study of topics in modern physics, including special relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear structure, and solid state physics.
Experimental work in the topics that form the subject matter of PH 253.
Vector analysis and treatment of Newtonian mechanics at the intermediate level.
Treatment of Newtonian mechanics at the intermediate level, including central forces, lagrangians, normal modes, and waves. Designed for students planning graduate study in physics or astronomy.
Electrostatics, Ampere’s and Faraday’s laws, vector potential, displacement current, and Maxwell’s equations.
Continuation of electricity and magnetism, beginning with Maxwell’s equations.
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.
Continuation of PH 253. Applications of quantum mechanics, including lasers, semiconductors, particle physics, nanoscience, and other current topics.
Courses numbered 400–499 have as prerequisites 14 hours of physics, or 11 hours of physics and senior standing.
PH 405 Physics for Science Teachers. 3 hours.
Selected topics in contemporary physics for high-school and post-secondary science teachers.
PH 411 Biophysics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Physics of biological systems: proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, supramolecular structures, and molecular motors; structure, function, energetics, thermodynamics, bionanotechnology. Emphasis on systems that are best understood in physical and molecular detail.
PH 434 Digital Electronics and Computer Interfacing. 3 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.
No graduate credit will be awarded for PH 441. Introduction to quantum mechanics, including solutions to the Schrodinger equation.
No graduate credit will be awarded for PH 442. Continuation of quantum mechanics with applications in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics.
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.
Introduction to thermal phenomena on a macroscopic and a statistical basis, and principles and laws governing them.
Phenomenological treatment of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties of matter and fluorescence, phosphorescence, photo-conductivity, and work function; the free-electron model and the band approximation; structures of simple crystals.
PH 482 Selected Topics in Physics and Astronomy. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Topics in physics and astronomy not covered by existing courses. Repeat credit is allowed for different topics.
PH 490 Honors Seminar in Physics. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Participation in departmental honors program or permission of the instructor.
A seminar course on current topics in physics and astronomy.
Two laboratory periods and 1 hour of seminar. Experimental work in modern physics at an advanced level.
PH 493 Introduction to Research. Not to exceed 3 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 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member and approval of the department chairperson. No graduate credit.
PH 496 Independent Study II. Not to exceed 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member and approval of department chairperson.
No graduate credit.