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  • 1103/PHYS 1103 Stellar Astronomy Laboratory (0-2). Laboratory experiences to supplement Physics 1303. Topics included are stellar magnitudes and distances, spectroscopy and spectral classification, stellar evolution, stellar motions, galaxies, and cosmology. Some night observing sessions are required.

    1104/PHYS 1104 Solar System Astronomy Laboratory (0-2). Laboratory experiences to supplement Physics 1304. Topics included are planetary orbits, telescopic observations of Saturn and Jupiter, lunar features, comets, celestial coordinates, celestial sphere concepts. Some night observing sessions are required.

    1191 Freshman Research. Freshman research for students selected for a freshman research grant who are majoring in physics. This course satisfies the first semester of that research.
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.

    1303/PHYS 1303 Fundamentals of Astronomy (3-0). An introductory study of the current knowledge and techniques of astronomy. Stellar astronomy and cosmology will be emphasized.

    1304/PHYS 1304 Astronomy of the Solar System (3-0). A study of the current knowledge and techniques of astronomy as applied to our solar system. Information obtained from recent planetary probes and lunar exploration will be emphasized.

    1391 Freshman Research II. Freshman research for students selected for a freshman research grant who are majoring in physics. This course satisfies the second semester of that research.
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.

    1401/PHYS 1401 General Physics I (3-3). Study of mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. (This course will not count as the introductory physics course for physics majors and pre-engineering majors.)
    Prerequisite: Mathematics 1314 or equivalent.

    1402/PHYS 1402 General Physics II (3-3). Study of electricity, magnetism, light, and atomic physics. (This course will not count as the introductory physics course for physics majors and pre-engineering majors.)
    Prerequisite: Physics 1401.

    2302 Statics (3-0). Analyses of particles, rigid bodies, trusses, frames and machines in static equilibrium with applied forces and couples
    Prerequisites: Mathematics 2314, Physics 2425.

    2425/PHYS 2425 Fundamentals of Physics I (3-3). A comprehensive course with emphasis placed on the capacity to utilize the fundamental concepts of mechanics and thermodynamics in the solution of problems
    Prerequisite: Credit for or parallel registration in Mathematics 2313.

    2426/PHYS 2426 Fundamentals of Physics II (3-3). A comprehensive course with emphasis placed on the capacity to utilize fundamental concepts of electricity, magnetism, and optics in the solution of problems.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2425 and credit for or parallel registration in Mathematics 2314.

    3301 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (3-0). An introduction to specific mathematical topics as applied to standard problems in science and engineering.
    Prerequisite: Credit for or parallel registration in Mathematics 3333.

    3303 Engineering Dynamics (3-0). A study of the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using the concepts of force, mass, and acceleration; work and energy; impulse and momentum.
    Prerequisite: Mathematics 2314.

    3310 Computational Physics (3-0). An introduction to using numerical methods and computational techniques to solve physics problems, including numerical solutions to differential equations, Monte Carlo simulations, and graphical analysis. Case studies are largely drawn from the material presented in the introductory physics courses.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2426 and Mathematics 1151.

    3331 Mechanics (3-0). Vectors, Newtonian mechanics, noninertial reference frames, central forces, systems of particles, rigid bodies, Lagrange’s equations, and oscillating systems.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2426, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3301.

    3332 Thermal and Statistical Physics (3-0). A study of thermodynamics and statistical methods in physics with applications from classical and quantum physics.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2426, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3301.

    3341 Electricity and Magnetism (3-0). Maxwell’s equations, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electromagnetic waves.
    Prerequisites: Physics 3301, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3461.

    3443 Electronic Instruments (3-3). A study of the basic electronic instruments and their uses in science. Laboratory emphasis on the applications of these instruments and their operation and maintenance.
    Prerequisite: Physics 2426.

    3444 Digital Electronics (3-3). A study of the behavior of digital logic circuit elements, with an emphasis on applications in research instrumentation, industrial controls, and computer design.
    Prerequisite: Computer Science 2315 or 3304 or Physics 2426.

    3461 Modern Physics (3-3). An introduction to atomic physics, nuclear physics, and solid state physics.
    Prerequisite: Physics 2426 and credit for or parallel registration in Mathematics 3333.

    4191, 4291, 4391 Research. Individual research problems for superior students majoring in physics. (May be repeated for a total of six semester credit hours.)
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    4300 Introduction to Geophysics (3-0). This course is an introduction to the geophysical methods used to explore the Earth’s subsurface with an emphasis on application. Topics include seismicity, ground penetrating radar, magnetics, gravity, and resistivity. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Geology 4300.)
    Prerequisites: Geology 1403, Mathematics 2313.

    4362 Solid State Physics (3-0). Crystallography, x-ray diffraction, metals, insulators, electrical, and optical properties of semiconductors and low temperature techniques.
    Prerequisites: Physics 3301, 3461.

    4363 Quantum Mechanics (3-0). A study of the fundamental principles of quantum theory with emphasis on both the Schroedinger and matrix formulations.
    Prerequisites: Physics 3301, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3461.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in physics. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    4452 Applied Optics (3-3). An experimental study of geometrical and physical optics with emphasis on current applications to physics and related fields of study.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2426, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3301.

    4462 Applied Nuclear Physics (3-3). A study of the production and detection of radiation and its interaction with matter. Emphasis will be placed on nuclear radiation.
    Prerequisites: Physics 2426, and credit for or parallel registration in Physics 3301.