Physics Courses

    PHYS 132 - Basic Electronics for Scientists and Engineers
    Hours: 4
    Basic Electronics for Scientists and Engineers. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab). AC and DC circuits, semiconductor devices, and linear integrated circuits. Applications include voltage dividers, timing circuits, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, and filters. Laboratory stresses basic electronic measurements and circuit prototyping.

    PHYS 141 - Introduction to Musical Acoustics
    Hours: 4
    Intro to Musical Acoustic - Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab) The course covers basic physical principles of waves required to understand the phenomenon of music, the characteristics of musical instruments and sound effects of rooms/halls for music majors and any one interested in the sciences behind the music, in musician-friendly format. Basic concepts such as frequency, harmonics, and pitch, physics-based questions on such topics as music acoustics, stringed instruments, wind instruments, singing and electronic instruments will be discussed in lectures. Hands on labs and web-based exercises will supplement the lectures. Pre-requisite: Math 141 or 175 or 179 or 191

    PHYS 201 - Problem Solving in Mechanics
    Hours: 1
    Problem Solving in Mechanics. One semester hours. Extension of concepts developed in introductory mechanics with emphasis on problem solving techniques.

    PHYS 202 - Problem Solving in Electricity and Magnetism
    Hours: 1
    Problem Solving in Electricity and Magnetism. One semester hour. Extension of concepts developed in introductory Electricity and Magnetism with emphasis on problem solving techniques.

    PHYS 317 - Mathematical Physics I
    Hours: 3
    Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering - Three semester hours Mathematical techniques from the following areas: infinite series; integral transforming; applications of complex variables; vectors, matrices, and tensors; special functions; partial differential equations; Green's functions; perturbation theory; integral equations; calculus of variations; and groups and group representatives. Prerequisite Math 192, Corequisite Math 314 or 315, or consent of instructor.

    PHYS 319 - Scientific Computing
    Hours: 3
    Scientific Computing. Three semester hours. Computer solutions to realistic problems in science and engineering using numerical, graphical, and simulation techniques. Includes the use of programming languages and mathematical software packages on computer workstations and distributed-parallel computer systems. Prerequisites: Phys 2425, 2426, and CSCi 151 or consent of instructor.

    PHYS 321 - Modern Physics
    Hours: 3
    Modern Physics - Three semester hours An introduction to special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include spacetime, relativistic energy and momentum, the uncertainty principle, Schrödinger’s equation, observables and operators, bound states, potential barriers, and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisite Phys 2426, Math 314, or consent of instructor.

    PHYS 332 - Digital Logic and Circuitry
    Hours: 4
    PHYS 332 Digital Logic and Circuitry. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab). Boolean logic, digital circuits, digital integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices using VHDL . Laboratory instruction in basic digital instrumentation and circuit design tools.

    PHYS 333 - Wave Motion, Acoustics, and Optics
    Hours: 4
    Wave Motion, Acoustics, and Optics. Four semester hours. (3 lecture, 2 lab) An introduction to vibrational and wave motion with applications to acoustics, optics, and electromagnetic phenomenon. Prerequisites: Physics 2425, 2426 or consent of the instructor.

    PHYS 341 - Broadfield Physics I
    Hours: 4
    Broadfield Physics I - Four semester hours Core topics in advanced physics necessary for the in-depth understanding of the subject required for teaching high-school physics are discussed. Topics include classical mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. Pre-requisites : PHYS 2425,2426

    PHYS 342 - Broadfield Physics II
    Hours: 4
    Broadfield Physics II - Four semester hours Core topics in advanced physics necessary for the in-depth understanding of the subject required for teaching high-school physics are discussed. Topics include quantum mechanics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. Pre-requisites : PHYS 341

    PHYS 389 - Independent Study
    Hours: 1-3

    PHYS 401 - Current Problems
    Hours: 1
    Current Problems. One semester hour. Current problems or topics in research, employment, and trends in physics are considered. The course may be taken each of four semesters for credit. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    PHYS 407 - Science and Society, Contemporary Issues
    Hours: 3
    Science and Society, Contemporary Issues. Three semester hours. (Same as Chem 407) In this University Capstone science course, two or three contemporary science issues of importance to global society will be studied from various points of view including scientific, political, and economic. This course cannot be used for a major or minor in science.

    PHYS 411 - Mechanics I
    Hours: 3
    Mechanics I - Three semester hours A mathematical treatment of the fundamentals of classical mechanics. Topics include particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions; conservation laws; dynamics of a system of particles; motion of rigid bodies; central force problems; central force problems; accelerating coordinate systems; gravitation; Lagrange’s equations and Hamilton’s equations. Prerequisite PHYS 2426, Corequisite Math 314 or 315

    PHYS 412 - Advanced Electricity and Magnetism
    Hours: 3
    Advanced Electricity and Magnetism. Three semester hours. An advanced course in theoretical electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: Physics 2426.

    PHYS 414 - Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
    Hours: 3
    Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory. Three semester hours. Introduction to the kinetic theory of matter and to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, with applications to physical and chemical systems.

    PHYS 418 - Undergraduate Research
    Hours: 3
    Undergraduate Research. Three semester hours. A conference course designed to enlarge the library and laboratory experiences of students with decreasing dependence upon the teacher. Problems will be assigned and progress evaluated by reports and frequent conferences.

    PHYS 420 - Quantum Mechanics
    Hours: 3
    Quantum Mechanics - Three semester hours The Schrödinger equation; one dimensional systems; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle; magnetic moments and angular momentum; two and three dimensional systems; approximation methods; scattering theory. Prerequisite Phys 321, Math 314 or Math 315, or consent of instructor.

    PHYS 421 - Materials Science
    Hours: 3
    Materials Science. Three semester hours. The physical, chemical and electrical properties of metals and semi-conductors and the relationship between these properties and the electronic and crystal structures of these materials is studied. Prerequisites: Phys 321 and 333.

    PHYS 430 - Optics
    Hours: 3
    Optics. Three semester hours. Fundamentals of geometrical and physical optics and applications to optical instrumentation. Prerequisites: Physics 333 or consent of the instructor.

    PHYS 432 - Advanced Electronics
    Hours: 3
    Advanced Electronics. Three semester hours (2 lecture, 2 lab). Embedded system design and programming. Topics include microcontroller selection, peripheral interfacing, low and high-level programming languages, and microcontroller development tools. Prerequisites: Physics 132 or 332 and Computer Science 151.

    PHYS 437 - STOCHASC SIG PRO
    Hours: 3
    Nuclear Physics - Three semester hours The study of nuclear phenomena and properties including mass, stability, magnetic moment, radioactive decay processes and nuclear reactions. The application of nuclear principles to other fields such as astronomy, engineering, manufacturing, and medicine. Pre-requisites : PHYS 321

    PHYS 441 - Advanced Physics Laboratory
    Hours: 2
    Advanced Physics Laboratory. Two semester hours. (4 lab) An introduction to the equipment and techniques of experimental physics. Experiments are selected from a wide range of fields in physics. Research grade equipment is used in many experiments. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Prerequisites: PHYS 2425 and 2426, Junior standing in physics and consent of instructor.

    PHYS 461 - Physics Research Project
    Hours: 3
    Physics Research Project - Three semester hours This is the first part of a two-semester course sequence. Each participating student will conduct literature surveys on a research topic agreed to between him/her and their local advisor. The research problem must be approved through the Consortium. Completion of the research will be consummated during the second semester. Areas of research will primarily be in those areas represented by the Consortium which include nuclear physics, high energy particle physics, medical/health physics, computational and mathematical physics, atomic and molecular physics, astrophysics, and other forefront areas. Pre-requisites : PHYS 321

    PHYS 462 - Physics Research Seminar
    Hours: 3
    Physics Research Seminar - Three semester hours An experimental or theoretical project will be continued by the student and the results reported in a seminar. Students who have not yet taken the ETS Major Field Test in Physics are required to do so while enrolled in Seminar. Pre-requisites : PHYS 461

    PHYS 489 - Independent Study
    Hours: 1-4
    Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: consent of department head.

    PHYS 490 - H Honors Thesis
    Hours: 3
    PHYS 490 - H Honors Thesis - Three semester hours Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

    PHYS 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
    Hours: 3
    [Print Course] AG 491 - H IND HONORS RDGS Hours: 3 Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

    PHYS 492 - Instrumentation and Control
    Hours: 3
    Instrumentation and Control. Three semester hours. Sensors and actuators in real-time systems. Topics include the physics of sensors and actuators, sensor signal conditioning, real-time data acquisition, elementary signal processing, motion control, and software for instrumentation and control.

    PHYS 497 - Special Topics
    Hours: 4
    Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

    PHYS 1401 - College Physics
    Hours: 4
    PHYS 1401) College Physics. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab). Mechanics and heat; including one two-hour laboratory period per week.

    PHYS 1402 - College Physics
    Hours: 4
    (PHYS 1402) College Physics. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab). Magnetism, electricity, sound, and light, including one two-hour laboratory period per week.

    PHYS 2425 - University Physics I
    Hours: 4
    (PHYS 2425) University Physics I. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 3 lab). Calculus based physics course in mechanics for science, mathematics and engineering students. Prerequisite: Math 2413 or consent of instructor.

    PHYS 2426 - University Physics II
    Hours: 4
    (PHYS 2426) University Physics II. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 3 lab). Second semester of calculus based physics with topics in electricity and magnetism for science, mathematics, and engineering students. Prerequisite: Phys 2425 or consent of instructor.