Course Offering(s)

Physical Science   101                                           1-4 (crs.)

Workshop Physical Science (NS) (XL)

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. (3+2)

 

Physics/Astronomy   103                                           4 (crs.)

The Solar System (NS) (XL)

The astronomer's understanding of the earth, moon and planets. Explores the basic nature of science and the scientific method. Intended for non-science majors and science majors having an interest in astronomy. Prerequisite: Completion of the minimal University general education math requirement or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam (3+2) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   104                                           4 (crs.)

Stars, Galaxies and the Universe (NS) (XL)

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: Completion of the minimal University general education math requirement or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam. (3+2) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   105                                           4 (crs.)

Basic Acoustics of Music (NS)

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. (3+2)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   106                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Topics in Physics

A general introduction to selected topics in physics. A historical perspective of fundamental ideas of motion 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, vectors, 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.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   107                                           1-5 (crs.)

General Physics (NS) (XL)

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: Mathematics 106, Mathematics 108 or equivalent. (3+1+2) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   108                                           5 (crs.)

General Physics (NS) (XL)

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: Physics 107. (3+1+2) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   109                                           5 (crs.)

General Physics (NS) (XL)

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: Concurrent registration in or previous completion of Mathematics 171. (4+2) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   110                                           5 (crs.)

General Physics (NS) (XL)

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 109 and concurrent registration in or previous completion of Mathematics 172. (4+2) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   112                                           4 (crs.)

Energy in Today's World (NS) (XL)

Focus is on the physics of energy, energy production and energy consumption, conservation practices and alternative energy sources. Prerequisites: Completion of the minimal University general education math requirement or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   113                                           3 (crs.)

The Solar System - no lab (NS)

The astronomer's understanding of the earth, moon and planets. Explores the basic nature of science and the scientific method. May be used to satisfy laboratory science requirement only if Physics 123 is taken during a later term. Credit may not be earned for both Physics 113 and Physics 103. Prerequisites: Completion of the minimal University general education math requirement or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics placement Exam. (3+0) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   114                                           3 (crs.)

Stars, Galaxies and the Universe -no lab (NS)

Identical to Physics 104 except no laboratory experience is included. May be used to satisfy laboratory science requirement only if Physics 124 is taken during a later term. Credit may not be earned for both Physics 114 and Physics 104. Prerequisite: Completion of the minimal University general education math requirement or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam. (3+0) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   123                                           1 (crs.)

Solar System Laboratory (NS)

Laboratory component of the Solar System, Physics 103. Completes four units (crs.) applicable toward laboratory science requirement when taken following Physics 113. Prerequisite: Physics 113. (0+2) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   124                                           1 (crs.)

Stars, Galaxies and the Universe Laboratory (NS)

Laboratory component of Cosmic Evolution, Physics 104. Completes four units (crs.) applicable toward the laboratory science requirement when taken following Physics 114. Prerequisite: Physics 114. (0+2) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   201                                           3 (crs.)

Statics for Engineering

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: Physics 107 or 109 (may be taken concurrently) and Mathematics 171. (3+0) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   202                                           3 (crs.)

Dynamics for Engineering

Motion and the action of forces that produce or modify the motion of bodies. For pre-engineering students and not ordinarily taken by physics majors and minors. Prerequisite: Physics 201 and Mathematics 172 (may be taken concurrently). (3+0) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   206                                           3 (crs.)

Introductory Modern Physics

Twentieth century physics; emphasis on atomic and sub-atomic phenomena. Normally acceptable for pre-engineering students. Prerequisite: Physics 108 or 110 and Mathematics 171. (3+2) (Spring)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   222                                           2 (crs.)

Physics Lab I

An experimental treatment of concepts and theories associated with modern physics and classical mechanics. Emphasis is placed on developing experimental skills and techniques appropriate for advanced laboratory work. Prerequisites: Physics 206 and concurrent registration in Physics 320.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   305                                           3 (crs.)

Electronic Circuits and Devices

DC and AC circuit theory with emphasis placed on the external electrical properties of analog electronic devices and their practical applications. Prerequisite: Physics 108, 110 or consent of instructor. 305/505 (2+2)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   307                                           3 (crs.)

Physical Optics

Review of geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, polarization, double refraction, electromagnetic theory of light, introduction to quantum optics and lasers. Prerequisite: Physics 110 and Mathematics 172. 307/507 (3+0)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   311                                           4 (crs.)

Digital Instrumentation (NS)

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. Prerequisite: Previous physics course or electronics course or Mathematics 212 or consent of instructor. 311/511 (3+2)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   319                                           3 (crs.)

Digital Signal Processing

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. 319/519 (3+0)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   320                                           3 (crs.)

Classical Physics

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: Physics 109 and Mathematics 172. (3+0) (Fall)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   322                                           2 (crs.)

Physics Lab II

An experimental treatment of concepts and theories associated with physical optics and themodynamics and statistical mechanics. Emphasis is placed on developing experimental skills and techniques appropriate for advanced laboratory work. Prerequisites: Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Physics 307 and Physics 408.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   335                                           3 (crs.)

Demonstration and Laboratory Techniques in Physics (NS)

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-term sequence in General Physics. 335/535 (1+3)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   350                                           1 (crs.)

Research Issues in Physics Education (TC)

A survey of the Physics Education Research (PER) literature for prospective physics teachers. Topics include common student misconceptions in mechanics, optics and electric circuits; theoretical frameworks in education research; and basic research methods. The course is taught in an informal discussion format (once per week)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   351                                           1 (crs.)

Teaching Issues in Physics Education (TC)

A survey of teaching strategies that address common student difficulties in introductory physics. Topics include learning cycles, classroom discourse and group dynamics. The course meets biweekly for an hour.  Each Physics 351 student receives an eight-hour internship experience in Workshop Physics Science (Physics 101). During this time, students will observe the instructor and engage small three- to four-member groups of physics science students.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   408                                           3 (crs.)

Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

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. Prerequisite: Physics 320. 408/608 (3+0)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   417                                           3 (crs.)

Electricity and Magnetism

An advanced treatment of important topics in electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: Physics 320. 417/617 (3+0)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   419                                           3 (crs.)

Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Development of quantum mechanics principles and application to important simple physical systems. Prerequisite: Physics 320. 419/619 (3+0)

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   422                                           2 (crs.)

Physics Lab III

An experimental treatment of concepts and theories associated with electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Emphasis is placed on developing experimental skills and techniques appropriate for advanced laboratory work. Prerequisites: Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Physics 417 and Physics 419.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   451                                           1-3 (crs.)

Special Topics

A Physics/Astronomy course on a topic not covered in the department's curriculum. This course may be repeated with different content. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   456                                           1-3 (crs.)

Related Readings

See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   474                                           1-6 (crs.)

Honors: Thesis

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. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of six units (crs.).

 

 

Physics/Astronomy   491                                           1-4 (crs.)

Senior Research Project

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: junior or senior standing. Minimum of 15 units (crs.) of physics completed.

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