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Courses

PHYS 105 (3)
Physics for Liberal Arts I
An introduction to the basic laws of physics, designed to give an understanding of the fundamental physical principles underlying natural phenomena and their technological applications. The physics of the atom, the laws of mechanics and the study of thermodynamics are included. Three hours lecture. It is recommended, but not required, that PHYS 107, Physics for the Liberal Arts Laboratory be elected simultaneously with this course.

PHYS 107 (1)
Physics for the Liberal Arts Laboratory
Experiments in introductory mechanics, atomic physics, spectroscopy, energy and thermodynamics. One three-hour laboratory.

PHYS 113 (3)
Astronomy for the Liberal Arts
An introduction to the study of the universe, including basic elements of astronomy and topics of current interest: the solar system, search for extraterrestrial life, black holes and cosmology. Three hours lecture and some evening observation sessions. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 114 (1)
Astronomy for Liberal Arts Laboratory
Activities in astronomy including descriptive and quantitative analyses of stellar spectra, planetary orbits, lunar/planetary photographs, supernova light curves, quasars, the expansion of the universe and computer simulations of various astronomical phenomena. Some evening observation exercises. One three-hour laboratory. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 122 (3)
Algebra-based Electromagnetism and Optics
An introduction to electromagnetism and optics. This course does not count toward the majors of physics or mathematics- physics. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 131 (1)
Introductory Physics Laboratory I
Experiments in mechanics. One three-hour laboratory. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 132 (1)
Introductory Physics Laboratory II
Experiments in waves, optics, thermodynamics, and simple circuits. One three-hour laboratory. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 171 (4)
General Physics I
A study of Newton's Laws, the conservation laws of classical mechanics and their application to physical systems, and wave motion. Four hours lecture. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 172 (4)
General Physics II
A study of electricity, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, and optics. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 201 (4)
Mathematical Methods of Physics
This course focuses on the mathematical techniques and software frequently used by physicists and engineers. Students will study topics including linear algebra, differential equations, vector calculus, series expansions, complex numbers, and numerical techniques. Mathematical topics will be presented with an emphasis on applications in engineering and physics.

PHYS 202 (3)
Twentieth-Century Physics
An introduction to the special theory of relativity and quantum phenomena. Topics include: the Bohr atom, the wave function, electron spin, Pauli Principle, quantum statistics, and atomic structure. IIIW

PHYS 210 (3)
Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics
An introduction to topics in planetary physics; stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics; and cosmology. Offered alternate years.

PHYS 220 (3)
Computational Physics
Computer modeling of physical phenonema using numerical methods and Monte Carlo simulations. Offered alternate years.

PHYS 230 (3)
Introduction to Solid-State Physics and Materials Science
A survey of the fundamental principles determining the macroscopic properties of solids. The lattice system and the electron system are investigated as a basis for understanding dielectric, optical, semiconductive, and superconductive behavior in solids. Offered alternate years.

PHYS 233 (1)
Intermediate Physics Laboratory
Selected experiments in classical physics and electrical circuits. Analysis and treatment of uncertainty and error. IIIQ, V8

PHYS 240 (3)
Optics
This course will focus on topics of physical optics with some review of geometrical optics. Topics covered will include optical instrumentation, interference of light, optical interferometry, diffraction, fiber optics, lasers and nonlinear optics.

PHYS 261 (1)
Directed Study
Special topics in physics pursued under supervision.

PHYS 301 (3)
Classical Mechanics
A survey of analytical techniques used in physics, including Classical mechanics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions. Central force problems. Offered alternate years.

PHYS 302 (3)
Electromagnetic Theory

Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, and material media. Offered alternate  years.

 

PHYS 313 (3)

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics, solutions of Schrodinger's Equation, operator formalism, angular momentum, and perturbation theory. Offered alternate years.

 

PHYS 321 (3)

Advanced Physics Laboratory

Advanced experiments in classical and modern physics including the determination of the fundamental physical constants: G, h, c, and e.  Two three-hour laboratory periods.

 

PHYS 327 (3)

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

The laws of thermodynamics. Entropy, and the behavior of real and ideal gases. Kinetic theory and statistical distribution functions. Quantum statistics and partition functions. Offered alternate years.

 

PHYS 337 (1, 2, 3) 

Special Topics

The study of an advanced topic not normally covered in other physics courses.

 

PHYS 351 (1, 2, 3)

Research in Physics

Students engage in ongoing faculty research in, for example, radio astronomy, laser physics, or materials science. Credit may be given for off-campus research projects.

 

PHYS 361 (1, 2, 3)

Special Study

 

PHYS 377 (1, 2, 3) Internship

 

PHYS 410 (3)

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Introduction to topics in nuclear and elementary particle physics. Offered alternate years

 

PHYS 461 (1, 2, 3)

Independent Study