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[1] Courses in Physics (PHYS)

1400 PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR GENERAL EDUCATION Part of the general education program. Introduces the student to the principles of elementary physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Lecture and laboratory. Fall, spring, summer.

1401 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY Part of the general education program. An introduction to the changing appearance of the night sky, to the solar system, and to the stars. Lecture and laboratory. Fall, spring, summer.

1405 APPLIED PHYSICS For health science students. Introduces the student to forces, energy, fluids, sound, heat, light, electricity, and radioactivity, with applications to the health sciences. (Not open to students who have completed PHYS 1410 or 1441 unless specifically required for major. May not be applied toward a major or minor together with
PHYS 1410, 1420, 1441, or 1442.) Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: High school or college algebra. Spring.

1410 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 For biology, health science, pre-medical, pre-dental, and other students needing a basic introduction to physics. Forms a two-semester sequence with College Physics 2. Introduces the student to mechanics (kinematics, force, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion, elasticity), fluids, heat, and thermodynamics, mechanical waves, and sound. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: High school trigonometry and grade of C or better in MATH 1390 or equivalent. Fall, spring, summer.

1420 COLLEGE PHYSICS 2 Continuation of College Physics 1. Introduces the student to electricity, magnetism, light, and selected topics in modern physics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 1410. Fall, spring, summer.

2311 STATICS For pre-engineering students. A study of stresses, strains, and equilibrium in a plane and in space; analysis of structures, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia. Problem oriented with applications emphasized.Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 1441. Co- or prerequisite: MATH 1497 (formerly 1592).

2411 COLLEGE ASTRONOMY A lower division elective intended for science majors and minors. An introduction to astronomy, including light and other radiation, celestial mechanics, stellar structure and evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisites: High school trigonometry and a grade of C or better in MATH
1390 or equivalent. Spring.

2421 OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY A lower-division elective. Field work with telescopes and other equipment; methods for making celestial observations. Prerequisite: PHYS 1401 or 2411.

4301 CONCEPTS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1 For elementary, junior-high, and high school teachers. Forms a two-semester sequence with Concepts of Physical Science 2. Introduces the student to the basic concepts of physical science. Laboratory format. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4302 CONCEPTS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE 2 Continuation of PHYS 4301. Laboratory format. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

[2] Courses for Departmental Majors (PHYS)

1100 PROJECTS IN PHYSICS A lower-division elective. Introductory physics projects involving laboratory work, library research, and/or problem solving. Written reports and oral presentations may be required. Prerequisite: Consent of department. Fall, spring, summer.

1441 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS 1 Part of the major core. Forms a three-semester calculus-based survey of physics sequence with University Physics 2 and 3. Introduction to mechanics. Lecture and laboratory. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 1496 (formerly 1591). Fall, spring.

1442 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS 2 Part of the major core. Continuation of PHYS 1441. Introduction to waves, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 1441. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 1497 (formerly 1592). Fall, spring.

2430 COLLEGE PHYSICS 3 For physics majors with a College Physics background. Continuation of PHYS 1420. Introduction to wave optics, the special theory of relativity, the foundations of quantum theory with examples and applications, atomic structure, and subatomic physics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 1420; pre- or corequisite: MATH 1497 (formerly 1592).

2443 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS 3 Part of the major core. Continuation of PHYS 1442. Introduction to optics, the special theory of relativity, the foundations of quantum theory with examples and applications, atomic structure, and subatomic physics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 1442; pre- or corequisite: MATH 2471 (formerly 2371). Fall.

3110 JUNIOR LABORATORY 1 Part of the major core. A laboratory course that includes, but is not confined to, experiments related to upper-division physics courses such as Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Optics. Selection of experiments is adapted to the needs and program of the individual student. Involves student presentations. Requires attendance at department seminar. Prerequisite: PHYS 2443 or 2430. Fall.

3120 JUNIOR LABORATORY 2 Part of the major core. A laboratory course that includes, but is not confined to, experiments related to upper-division physics courses such as Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Optics. Selection of experiments is adapted to the needs and program of the individual student. Involves student presentations. Requires attendance at department seminar. Prerequisite: PHYS 2443 or 2430. Spring.

3341 MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS A study of vector calculus, matrices, complex variables, series solutions to differential equations, special functions, and other areas of mathematics that are important for physics. Emphasis in all areas is placed on problems encountered in physics and their solutions. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 1442 or 1420 and MATH 2471 (formerly 2371), 3320. Spring.

3342 MECHANICS General principles of classical mechanics with an introduction to Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equation, and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 1441 or 1410 and MATH 2471 (formerly 2371), 3331. Fall.

3343 THERMAL PHYSICS The fundamental principles of thermodynamics and statistical physics. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 2443 or 2430 and MATH 2471 (formerly 2371). Spring.

3345 OPTICS A study of geometrical and physical optics. Topics include reflection, refraction, wave, equation, interference, diffraction, polarization, absorption, and coherence. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 2443 or 2430, and MATH 2471 (formerly 2371). On demand.

3353 QUANTUM THEORY 1 The physical foundation and mathematics of quantum theory; matrix and operator formalisms. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 2443 or 2430, 3341. Fall.

3354 QUANTUM THEORY 2 Continuation of PHYS 3353. Approximation methods, perturbation theory, and applications to quantum systems. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 3353. On demand.

3360 ELECTROMAGNETISM 1 The fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism are presented through the theory of fields. Electric and magnetic fields, their interaction with matter, and their behavior as expressed by Maxwell's equations are explored. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 1442 or 1420 and MATH 2471 (formerly 2371). Fall.

3361 ELECTROMAGNETISM 2 Continuation of PHYS 3360. Propagation, reflection, refraction, and radiation of electromagnetic waves. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 3360. Spring.

4110 SENIOR LABORATORY Part of the major core. A laboratory course that offers diverse laboratory experiences that are more specialized than those of Junior Laboratory. Selection of experiments is adapted to the needs and program of the individual student. Involves student presentations. Requires attendance at department seminar. Prerequisites: PHYS 3110, 3120. Fall, spring.

4250 SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND MICROANALYSIS An elective course for biology and physics majors. Theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis, with training in sample preparation, examination and analysis, and imaging. Students will complete independent research projects. Prerequisites: PHYS 1420 or 1442, and permission of instructor. On demand.

4341 ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS Tensor analysis, integral transforms, solutions to non-linear differential equations, introduction to chaos, and other special topics in mathematical physics. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 3341. On demand.

4350 TOPICS IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS Content will vary, depending on interests of faculty and students. Examples: acoustics, astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter, cosmology, elementary particles, fluid mechanics, nuclear physics. May be repeated with different content. Lecture. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4351 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS An introduction to computational techniques of solving physics problems. Lecture. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4360 PHYSICS FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS Introduction to secondary-level teaching materials and laboratory techniques. Integrated lecture, discussion, workshop, laboratory format. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4380 INTERNSHIP IN APPLIED PHYSICS An internship consisting of approximately 300 hours of industrial employments in which the student applies the methods of physics to real-world situations. May be repeated. Prerequisites: PHYS 3110 or 3120, GPA in major of 2.5 or better, consent of department.

4103, 4203, 4303 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PHYSICS May consist of problem solving, library research, and/or laboratory work. Student may register for 1 to 4 hours each semester. May be repeated with change of content. Fall, spring, summer.

4104, 4204, 4304 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ASTRONOMY May consist of problem solving, library research, and/or laboratory work. Student may register for 1 to 4 hours each semester. May be repeated with change of content. Fall, spring, summer.