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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.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 340, PHYS 142, PHYS 142H, PHYS 211
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 4, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs: PHYS 141 or 141H.
Lab fee required.
Continuation of PHYS 141. Electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 405, METR 880, 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.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 405
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, ATHT 249, CNST 306, FDST 363, MSYM 109L, MSYM 232, MSYM 262, PHYS 153, PHYS 211
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.
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.
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.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 405, MECH 421, METR 323, METR 823, PHYS 213H
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.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 231
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.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 441
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: PHYS 212 and 222.
Diode, transistor, and operational amplifier circuits and analog applications; gates, flip-flops, and elementary digital electronics.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 441
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.
This course is a prerequisite for: PHYS 262
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, PHYS 461
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: PHYS 213.
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: PHYS 213; MATH 221/821.
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: PHYS 451/851.
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
Introduction to Lasers and Laser Applications Crosslisted as ELEC 480/880
Prereqs: PHYS 213.
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
Prereqs: Graduate standing
PHYS 99 is Pass/No Pass only.
This course has no description.
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom

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