# Courses

**2016-2017 Academic Catalog**

**PHYS- 100N. Concepts in Physics. 4 credits.**

Introduction to the principles of physics. Topics are selected from areas of classical and contemporary physics and technology such as Newtonian mechanics, digital and analog technology, astronomy, cosmology, modern physics and relativity. Prerequisite: Appropriate level on the Math Placement Exam. Every year.

**PHYS- 101. Concepts in Physics with Laboratory. 5 credits.**

Same as Physics 100 but with a laboratory. Prerequisite: Appropriate level on the Math Placement Exam. Every year.

**PHYS- 102B. Physics through Experimentation. 4 credits.**

Introduction to topics selected from classical and contemporary physics. Topics explored with both laboratory and lecture techniques, which are interwoven. Prerequisite: Appropriate level on the Math Placement Exam. Every year.

**PHYS- 107N. Astronomy. 4 credits.**

Concentration on the nature of sky observations, the methods for making them, and the physical bases for understanding them. Topics discussed are the solar system, stars and their evolution,galaxies, cosmology and instrumentation. Observatory sessions are anticipated. Every year.

**PHYS- 200B. Mechanics and Waves. 5 credits.**

Study of classical mechanics and acoustic waves. Topics include kinematics, statics, dynamics, work and energy, impulse and momentum, rotational motion and acoustical wave phenomena. One three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: Placement into Mathematics 201, which is suggested as a co-requisite. High school physics is desirable. Every year.

**PHYS- 205. Topics in Classical and Modern Physics. 5 credits.**

Continuation of Physics 200. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. One three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: Physics 200. Every year.

**PHYS- 216. Optics, Thermodynamics, and Relativity. 5 credits.**

Introduction to wave phenomena, optics, thermodynamics, and special relativity. Among the topics included are interference and diffraction, refraction and optical systems, the thermodynamic properties of matter, and special relativity. Prerequisite: Physics 200; Mathematics 202 is suggested as a co-requisite. Every year.

**PHYS- 218. Introductory Electromagnetism. 5 credits.**

Introduction to electric fields, magnetic fields, and DC and AC circuits. The laboratory will emphasize both passive and active electric circuits and such instruments as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and signal generators. One three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: Physics 200;Mathematics 202 is required as a co-requisite. Every year.

**PHYS- 220. Modern Physics. 5 credits.**

An introduction to quantum mechanics with applications from atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear, and elementary particle physics. One three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: Physics 218. Co-requisite: Physics 215. Writing intensive. Every year.

**PHYS- 280. Topics 1-4 credits.**

Offered on demand.

**PHYS- 311. Classical Mechanics. 4 credits.**

Analytical study of the dynamics of particles, rigid bodies and vibrating systems. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian techniques are included. Prerequisites: Physics 220. Mathematics 212 and/or 215 recommended. Every year.

**PHYS- 312. Wave Phenomena. 4 credits.**

Unified treatment of the general properties of waves, including the mathematical representation of mechanical and electromagnetic waves, refraction, propagation, interference, diffraction and geometrical optics. Prerequisites: Physics 220 and 214. Mathematics 212 and/or 215 recommended. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 313. Electronics. 2 credits.**

Practical course in electronics for science majors. Topics include the use of solid state devices in digital and analog circuits. The laboratory will involve the use of standard electronic instrumentation. Prerequisite: Physics 218. Every year.

**PHYS- 314. Digital Electronics. 2 credits.**

Fundamentals of digital electronics, including Boolean logic, gates, flip-flops, clocks, counters, memory, and methods of digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion. These concepts will be applied to a project involving a programmable microcontroller. Prerequisite: Physics 313. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 320. Computational Physics. 2 credits.**

Introduction to numerical methods in physics using the FORTRAN programming language. Prerequisites: Physics 220, Mathematics 202 and Computer Science 150. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 321. Signal Processing. 2 credits.**

Study of Fourier methods, with emphasis on digital signal processing, digital data acquisition and digital analysis systems. Prerequisites: Physics 218 and Mathematics 202. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 325. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 2 credits.**

Topics courses in astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, and biomedical physics are offered to provide breadth in contemporary physics. Each course addresses the current state of these fields. Courses may be taught from a research perspective with the possibility of either an experimental or theoretical component or both. A student desiring a specific topic should petition the Physics Department.Prerequisite: Physics 213, 214, and 220 or permission of the instructor. Every year. This course may be repeated for credit.

**PHYS- 330. Statistical and Thermal Physics. 4 credits.**

Statistical mechanics approach to the study of many particle systems. Topics include the Maxwellian distribution, classical and quantum physics, entropy, heat and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: Physics 311 and Mathematics 212. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 332. Electromagnetism. 4 credits.**

Mathematical theory of electric and magnetic fields. Emphasizes three dimensional boundary value problems for evaluating the physical behavior of electric and magnetic fields. Maxwell's equations are developed in both the differential and the integral forms and are used in the analysis of electromagnetic phenomena. Prerequisites: Physics 311 and Mathematics 212. Every year.

**PHYS- 350. Advanced Laboratory. 1 credit.**

A laboratory course emphasizing experimental design, laboratory techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, and written reports of experiments. A variety of advanced physics experiments will be performed. Prerequisite: Physics 220. Every year. This course may be repeated for credit.

**PHYS- 360. Junior Seminar. 1 credit.**

Year course. Every year.

**PHYS- 380. Topics. 1-4 credits.**

Offered on demand.

**PHYS- 410. Mathematical Physics. 4 credits.**

Introduction to the mathematical techniques used in physics, such as complex variables, vector and tensor analysis, group theory, Green's functions and the calculus of variations. Prerequisites: Physics 311 and Mathematics 212 and 215. Alternate years.

**PHYS- 411. Quantum Mechanics. 4 credits.**

In-depth study of quantum mechanics with an emphasis on simple systems and the operator approach as applied to the harmonic oscillator and angular momentum. Applications such as perturbation theory are included. Prerequisite: Physics 311. Writing intensive. Every year.

**PHYS- 460. Senior Seminar. 1 credit.**

Year course. Every year.

**PHYS- 490. Independent Study. Variable credit.**

Offered on demand. This course may be repeated for credit.

**PHYS- 491. Internship. Variable credit.**

Reserved for supervised research during summers or while off campus. This course may be repeated for credit.

**PHYS- 498. Senior Thesis. Variable credit.**

Writing intensive. Offered on demand. This course may be repeated for credit.

**PHYS- 499. Honors Thesis/Project. Variable Credit.**

Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA and permission of the Department Chair.