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Department of Physics and Geosciences
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Courses in Physics (PHYS)

1101/1111 Stellar Astronomy Laboratory (0-2). Optional laboratory experiences to supplement Physics 1301. Topics included are stellar magnitudes and distances, spectroscopy and spectral classification, stellar evolution, stellar motions, galaxies, and cosmology. Some night observing sessions are required.

1102/1112 Solar System Astronomy Laboratory (0-2). Optional laboratory experiences to supplement Physics 1302. 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.

1301/1311 Fundamentals of Astronomy (3-0). An introductory study of the current knowledge and techniques of astronomy. Stellar astronomy and cosmology will be emphasized.

1302/1312 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.

1421/1401 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: Math 1302 or equivalent.

1422/1402 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 1421.

1441/2425 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 2513.

2302 Statics (3-0). Analyses of particles, rigid bodies, trusses, frames, and machines in static equilibrium with applied forces and couples. Prerequisites: Mathematics 2513, Physics 1441.

2442/2426 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: Credit for or parallel registration in Mathematics 3514 and Physics 1441.

3301 Introduction to Mathematical Physics (3-0). An introduction to specific mathematical topics as applied to standard problems in physics. Prerequisite: Mathematics 3514.

3303 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. Prerequisites: Physics 1441 and Mathematics 3514.

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 3301 and 3461.

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 3301 and 3461.

3341 Electricity and Magnetism (3-0). Maxwell’s equations, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisites: Physics 3301 and 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. Prerequisites: Physics 2442

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 2305 or Physics 2442.

3461 Modern Physics (3-3). An introduction to atomic physics, nuclear physics, and solid state physics. Prerequisite: Physics 2442.

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

4362 Solid State Physics (3-0). Crystallography, x-ray diffraction, metals, insulators, electrical, and optical properties of semi-conductors and low temperature techniques. Prerequisites: Physics 3301 and 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 346.

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 3301 and 3461.

4462 Applied Radiation 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 3301 and 3461.