Course Offerings - PHYSICS
80-101 Physical Science (NS) (3+2) 1-4 cr.
A hands-on course covering basic concepts in physical science through active engagement with guided computer-based laboratories, student-directed projects, interactive demonstrations, and class discussions. Emphasis on the nature and limits of science. For elementary education majors and non-science majors.82-103 The Solar System (NS) (3+2) 4 cr. (Fall)
The astronomer's understanding of the earth, moon, and planets. Explores the basic nature of science and the scientific method. Prerequisite: 67-103 with a minimum grade of C or qualifying for 67-104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam.82-104 Cosmic Evolution (NS) (3+2) 4 cr. (Spring)
Universe beyond the solar system. Methods of science applied to classification of stars, galaxies, nebulae, and exotic objects such as pulsars, quasars, and black holes. Intended for non-science majors and science majors having an interest in astronomy. May be taken to satisfy the general education lab science requirement. Prerequisites: 67-103 with a minimum grade of C or qualifying for 67-104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam.82-105 Basic Acoustics of Music (NS) (3+2) 4 cr. (Fall)
A course designed in cooperation with the music department principally for music majors interested in the acoustical foundation of this subject. Emphasis throughout is on the needs and interests of the music student. May not be counted toward a Physics major or minor.82-106 Introduction to Topics in Physics 3 cr. (Fall)
A general introduction to selected topics in physics. Within an historical perspective the evolution of the fundamental ideas of motion in physics will be examined. Focus will be on the development of problem-solving skills in such areas as unit analysis; making approximations; and using trigonometry, exponential functions, logarithms, vector, derivatives, integrals, and graphs. A blend of history, selected topics, direct experiences, problem-solving practice and applying math skills is used to enhance preparation for success in physics courses. Prerequisite: consent of department.82-107 General Physics (NS) (4+2) 1-5 cr. (Fall)
A survey of mechanics and properties of matter. Recommended for liberal arts majors and pre-professionals. Not recommended for physics majors and minors and pre-engineers. Prerequisite: 67-108 or equivalent.82-108 General Physics (NS) (4+2) 5 cr. (Spring)
A survey of waves, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear radiation. Recommended for liberal arts majors and pre-professionals. Not recommended for physics majors and minors. Prerequisite: 82-107 and 67-108 or equivalent.82-109 General Physics (NS) (4+2) 5 cr. (Spring)
A survey of mechanics, sound, and heat providing a background for advanced work in these fields. Recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics, chemistry, or mathematics. Prerequisite: Credit in Mathematics 67-171 or consent of instructor.82-110 General Physics (NS) (4+2) 1-5 cr. (Fall)
A survey of electricity, magnetism, and light providing a background for advanced work in these fields. Recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics, chemistry, or mathematics. Prerequisite: Physics 82-109 (or Physics 82-107) and credit in Mathematics 67-171.82-113 The Solar System (no lab) (NS) (3+0) 3 cr. (Fall)
The astronomer's understanding of the earth, moon, and planets. Explores the basic nature of science and the scientific method. Prerequisite: 67-103 with a minimum grade of C or qualifying for 67-104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam.82-114 Cosmic Evolution (no lab) (NS) (3+0) 3 cr. (Spring)
Identical to 82-104 except no laboratory experience is included. May be used to satisfy laboratory science requirement only if 82-124 is taken during a later term. Credit may not be earned for both 82-114 and 82-104. Prerequisites: 67-103 with a minimum grade of C or qualifying for 67-104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam.82-123 Solar System Laboratory (NS) (0+2) 1 cr. (Fall)
Laboratory component of the Solar System, 82-103. Completes 4 credits applicable toward laboratory science requirement when taken following 82-113. Prerequisite: Credit in 82-113.82-124 Cosmic Evolution Laboratory (NS) (0+2) 1 cr. (Spring)
Laboratory component of Cosmic Evolution, 82-104. Completes 4 credits applicable toward the laboratory science requirement when taken following 82-114. Prerequisite: Credit in 82-114.82-201 Statics for Engineering (3+0) 3 cr. (Fall)
The action of forces on bodies at rest or in equilibrium. For pre-engineering students and not ordinarily taken by physics majors and minors. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in 82-107 or 82-109, and Mathematics 67-171.82-202 Dynamics for Engineering (3+0) 3 cr. (Spring)
Motion and the action of forces in producing or modifying the motion of bodies. For pre-engineering students and not ordinarily taken by physics majors and minors. Prerequisite: 82-201 and credit or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 67-172.82-206 Introductory Modern Physics (3+2) 4 cr. (Spring)
Twentieth century physics; emphasis on atomic and sub-atomic phenomena. Normally acceptable for pre-engineering students. Prerequisites: 82-108 or 82-110 and 67-171.82-211 Digital Electronics (2+2) 3 cr. (Spring)
Fundamentals and applications of digital electronics emphasizing use in measurement and instrumentation. Included are logic types, gates, triggering circuits, timing, counters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion and microprocessor applications.82-304 Theoretical Methods of Astrophysics (3+0) 3 cr.
The Boltzmann and Saha equations and their use to calculate the spectroscopic state of a gas, the flow of radiation through matter, interpretation of stellar spectra. Prerequisites: Mathematics 67-172 and Physics 82-108 or 82-110.82-305/505 Electronic Circuits and Devices (2+2) 3 cr.
DC and AC circuit theory with emphasis placed on the external electrical properties of analog electronic devices and their practical applications. Prerequisites: 82-108 or 82-110 or Instructor's permission.
Review of geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, polarization, double refraction, electromagnetic theory of light, introduction to quantum optics and lasers. Prerequisites: 82-110, and Mathematics 67-172.82-308 Experimental Physics Laboratory (1+5) 3 cr.
A laboratory course in basic and advanced measurements of physical quantities and analytical methods. Prerequisite: 82-110.82-309 Construction Techniques (0+3) 1 cr.
Development of basic skills in machining and bonding metals for construction of laboratory apparatus. Prerequisite: Consent of instruction.82-311/511 Digital Instrumentation (3+2) 4 cr. (Fall)
Fundamentals and applications of combinational and sequential digital circuits, memory and storage, microprocessors, digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion, emphasizing use in measurement and instrumentation. Credit may not be earned for both 82-211 and 82-311/511. Prerequisites: Previous physics or electronics course, or 67-122 or consent of instruction.82-319/519 Digital Signal Processing (3+0) 3 cr.
The fundamentals of digital signal processing techniques with an emphasis on their computer implementation: linear shift-invariant systems, the Z-transform, the discrete and continuous Fourier transforms, digital filter design, and inverse filters. Familiarity with calculus, complex numbers, and BASIC or FORTRAN is assumed.82-320 Classical Physics I (3+0) 3 cr. (Fall)
The physical and mathematical concepts associated with one-dimensional motion, two and three-dimensional motion including the use of different coordinate systems and accelerating reference frames. Analytical, numerical and graphical methods using modern computer technology will be used. Prerequisite: 82-109 and 67-172.82-333/533 Our Changing View of the Physical Universe (3+0) 3 cr.
This course traces the evolution of man's conception of the physical universe from its prehistoric beginnings to the current cosmological theories.82-335/535 Demonstration and Laboratory Techniques in Physics (1+3) 3 cr.
A laboratory course to provide the high school physics teacher with opportunities to handle the physical apparatus used in modern physics curricula. Prerequisite: A two-semester sequence in General Physics.82-405/605 Modern Instrumentation and Interfacing (2+2) 3 cr. (Fall)
Use, calibration and interfacing of transducers. Integrated use of computers and transducers for data acquisition and experimental control. Prerequisite: 82-211 or 82-311 or 82-305 or Instructor's permission.82-408/608 Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics (3+0) 3 cr.
Temperature, entropy, and other thermal quantities introduced from microscopic considerations and related to macroscopic thermodynamic variables. Calculation of macroscopic properties of matter from microscopic models. Prerequisites: 82-320.82-415/615 Microprocessor Applications (2+2) 3 cr. (Spring)
Hardware and software for input-output applications on microprocessors, use of polling and interrupts, and comparison of various microprocessors for I/O applications. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: 82-211 or 82-311 and 34-310.82-417/617 Electricity and Magnetism (3+0) 3 cr.
An advanced treatment of important topics in electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: 82-320.82-418/618 Analytical Mechanics (3+0) 3 cr.
Advanced treatment of important topics in classical mechanics. Prerequisite: 82-320.82-419/619 Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3+0) 3 cr.
Development of quantum mechanics principles and application to important simple physical systems. Prerequisites: 82-320.82-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.82-449/649 Quantum Physics-Nuclei and Solids (3+0) 3 cr.
Quantum physics applied to nuclei and elementary particles, special relativity, statistics of particles and physics of solids. Prerequisite: 82-320.82-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.82-470/670 Solid State Physics (3+0) 3 cr.
Introduction to the structure of solids, lattice vibrations, heat capacity, electrical conductivity of metals and semiconductors, superconductivity, dielectric, magnetic, and mechanical properties of solids and a survey of non-crystalline condensed matter states. Prerequisite: 82-109 and 82-110.82-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 credits.82-491 Senior Research Project 1-4 cr.
Independent research arranged with a faculty supervisor. A contract must be arranged with the faculty member and approved by the department chairman prior to registration. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing. Minimum of 15 credits of physics completed.