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Recommended for all students wanting a nonmathematical look at basic discoveries of physics.
Qualitative approach to physics for the non-science major that emphasizes concepts and how they are used to understand the everyday physical world. Newton's description of motion and forces, the atomic view of matter, kinds and transformations of energy, the nature of electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, and subatomic particles. Some topics selected according to student interest.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
MATH 102 or equivalent.
Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: PHYS 141, 141H, and 151. Lab fee required.
Mechanics, heat, waves and sound.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors program or by invitation; MATH 102 or equivalent.
Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: PHYS 141, 141H, and 151. Lab fee required.
For course description, see PHYS 141.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 4, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Lab fee required.
Continuation of PHYS 141. Electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 405, PHYS 343, PHYS 361
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors program or by invitation; PHYS 141 or 141H.
Lab fee required.
For course description, see PHYS 142.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
MATH 102 or equivalent high school preparation.
Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: PHYS 141, 141H, and 151.
Short course, without laboratory, for those who need one semester of elementary general physics. Emphasis on understanding our physical environment through application of principles of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, and light.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 333, CNST 306, MSYM 109L, PHYS 153
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
PHYS 151 or parallel PHYS 151.
Laboratory experiments in mechanics, heat, and wave motion.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 306
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Seminar/workshop that introduces students to topics in modern physics research in basic and applied areas. Students given an understanding of how their studies relate to current progress in physics and astronomy and to prepare for careers in physics-related disciplines.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
One year high school physics or PHYS 141 or 141H or 151 or permission; MATH 106 or parallel.
Calculus-based course intended for students in engineering and the physical sciences. Mechanics, fluids, wave motion, and heat.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; MATH 106 or 106H or equivalent or parallel.
For course description, see PHYS 211.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 433
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
One year high school physics or PHYS 211 or 211H or permission; MATH 107 or parallel.
Continuation of PHYS 211. Electricity, magnetism, and optics.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; PHYS 211 or 211H; MATH 107 or equivalent or parallel.
A calculus-based course.
For course description, see PHYS 212.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
PHYS 212; MATH 208 or parallel.
Continuation of PHYS 212. Relativity, quantum mechanics, atoms, and nuclei.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors program or by invitation; PHYS 212 or 212H; MATH 208 or 208H, or parallel.
Continuation of PHYS 212H. Relativity, quantum mechanics, atoms, and nuclei.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 211 or parallel.
Optional lab to accompany PHYS 211.
Experiments in mechanics, heat and wave motion.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 415
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 212 or parallel.
Laboratory experiments in electromagnetism and optics.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 213 or parallel.
Optional lab to accompany PHYS 213.
Experiments in atomic and nuclear physics.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Diode, transistor, and operational amplifier circuits and analog applications; gates, flip-flops, and elementary digital electronics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Two years high school algebra.
PHYS 260 and 261 are independent and may be taken in any order.
Basic concepts of physics in a historical context and in relationship to the intellectual development of humankind. Mechanics, heat gravitation, and structure of the universe.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 262
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Two years high school algebra.
PHYS 260 and 261 are independent and may be taken in any order.
Basic concepts of physics in a historical context and in relationship to the intellectual development of humankind. Atomic structure of matter, states of matter, waves, and light. Practical consequences of the properties of matter and physical phenomena.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
PHYS 260 or 261; or parallel.
Intended for students planning to be elementary or middle-level teachers
Selected physical science concepts using inquiry methods.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 311
Prereqs:
PHYS 212 or parallel; MATH 221 or parallel; or permission.
Review of vector operations and of the kinematics and dynamics of a particle. Dynamics of a system of particles, motion of rigid bodies, central force problems, collisions, Lagrangian techniques, oscillations, and coupled oscillators.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 401
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 142 or 212; and a lab course in science or engineering.
Physical principles and techniques of lasers and modern optics. Emphasis on practical experience with state-of-the-art techniques and applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
PHYS 142 or 212 with a grade of C+ or better.
Some of the concepts and ideas underlying modern areas of physics through readings from non-technical works by noted physicists and science writers. Includes quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology, chaos, and examples of modern technology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Research participation.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Max credits per semester: 8
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 399H
Prereqs:
Open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 401/801
Prereqs:
PHYS 311 or parallel.
Designed to accompany PHYS 311.
Re-formulation of physics problems for solution on a computer, control of errors in numerical work, and programming.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 422/822
Prereqs:
PHYS 213 or CHEM 481/881, MATH 221/821, or permission.
Introduction to structural, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties of solids, based on concepts of atomic structure, chemical bonding in molecules, and electron states in solids. Principles underlying molecular design of materials and solid-state devices.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 431/831
Prereqs:
Thermal phenomena from the point of view of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 441/841
Prereqs:
PHYS 213, 223, and 231; or permission.
Lab fee required.
Methods and techniques of modern experimental physics.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 442
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
PHYS 441/841 or permission.
Lab fee required.
Continuation of PHYS 441/841.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 443
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
PHYS 442/842 or permission.
Lab fee required.
Continuation of PHYS 442/842.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 451/851
Prereqs:
Theory of electric and magnetic fields and their interaction with charges and currents, Maxwell's equations, electric and magnetic properties of matter.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 452
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Production of electromagnetic waves, wave guides and cavities, properties of waves, plane waves, reflection and refraction, interference and coherence phenomena, polarization. Optical properties of matter.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 461/861
Prereqs:
PHYS 213 and 311; or permission.
Basic concepts and formalism of quantum mechanics with applications to simple systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 462
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 461 or permission.
Basic concepts and experimental foundation for an understanding of the physics of atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 480/880
Prereqs:
Physics of electronic transition production stimulated emission of radiation. Threshold conditions for laser oscillation. Types of lasers and their applications in engineering.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 213 and permission.
Offered as need arises to treat special topics not covered in other 400/800-level physics courses.
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
PHYS 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of the laws of motion; variational principles; dynamics of rigid bodies; other advanced topics.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
or parallel: PHYS 911 and 916, or permission
The laws of thermodynamics and thermodynamic functions; ensembles; Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics; kinetic theory and transport phenomena. Application to macroscopic systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Electrostatics, magnetostatics, and Maxwell’s equations; solutions to boundary value problems and Green’s functions; electromagnetic radiation.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 913 or permission
Special relativity and covariant formulation of electrodynamics; kinematics and dynamics of charged particles; radiation from moving charges; multipole radiation fields.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Introduction to the formalism of quantum mechanics; applications to elementary systems; angular momentum; scattering theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 916 or permission
Hilbert-space formulation of quantum mechanics; stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory; variational methods; spin; many-particle systems and identical particles.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 913 and 917, or permission
Introduction to relativistic electron theory; formal scattering theory; semi-classical radiation theory; second quantization and application to many-particle systems, elements of quantum electrodynamics.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 916 or permission
Selected topics in atomic and molecular physics with emphasis on experimentally observed phenomena, including atomic and molecular spectra and scattering phenomena, and molecular structure.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 917 or permission
Selected topics in nuclear and elementary particle physics with emphasis on experimentally observed phenomena, including nuclear forces, energy levels, nuclear models, decay of unstable nuclei, fundamental interactions and classification schemes.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 912 and 916, or permission
Selected topics in solid-state physics with emphasis on experimentally observed phenomena, including the structure and thermal, electric, magnetic, and elastic properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Fundamentals of plasma physics. Motion of charged particles, basic plasma models, waves in plasmas, laser-plasma interactions. Applications such as magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, astrophysics, plasma-bases accelerators, advanced light sources, and semiconductor materials processing.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Advanced graduate standing and permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing
PHYS 99 is Pass/No Pass only.
This course has no description.
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Supervised nonthesis research and independent study.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 18
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Offered as the need arises to treat special topics not covered in other 900-level courses.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 9
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom