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PHYS 5001 - Mechanics

Fundamentals of physical mechanics using vector analysis and ordinary differential equations. Particle dynamics, conservative and non-coservative forces, conservation laws, accelerating reference frames and inertial forces, Lagrangian methods, central forces, celestial mechanics, many-particle systems, and rigid body dynamics.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5011 - Thermal Physics

First and Second laws of thermodynamics, phase changes, and entropy. Temperature, thermodynamic variables, equations of state, heat engine. Introduction to statistical physics: statistical interpretation of first and second laws of thermodynamics, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, partition functions, classical (Boltzmann) and quantum (Fermi and Bose-Einstein) statistics applied to ideal gas.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5021 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

A survey of the theory and application of quantum mechanics. Short historical introduction to quantum mechanics; topics in one-dimensional (wells, barriers, tunneling); formalism of quantum mechanics (Dirac notation, state vector, representation theory, operators, bases, measurement, uncertainty principle, Hilbert space); quantum harmonic oscillator (position representation and ladder operators); central potentials and angular momentum; bound states of central potentials (spherical square well and hydrogen atom); identical particles and spin, brief treatment of single-particle theory (Hartree approximation).

Credits: 5

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5031 - Electricity and Magnetism 1

Basic concepts of the physics of time independent electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and in matter. It further conveys the application of vector analysis as the adequate mathematical tool for quantitative predictions. Topics include: Vector analysis review, electrostatic fields and potentials, energy and work in electrostatics, electrostatic fields and potentials in the presence of conductors, mathematical techniques to determine electrostatic fields and potentials, electrostatic fields in matter, electric polarization and displacement, effects of magnetostatic fields on charges, generation of magnetostatic fields by steady currents, Biot Savart Law, vector potential, magnetostatic fields in matter, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility, Ferromagnetism.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5032 - Electricity and Magnetism 2

Basic concepts of the physics of time dependent electric fields in vacuum and in matter. It makes intensive use of vector analysis as the adequate mathematical tool for quantitative predictions. Topics include: Electromotive force, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, Conservation of energy and Poynting vector, conservation of momentum and Maxwell's stress tensor, conservation of charge and equation of continuity, plane electromagnetic waves in vacuum and matter, wave guides, scalar and vector potentials, gauge transformations, retardation and Lienard-Wiechert potentials, dipole radiation, radiation by point charges, review of special relativity, relativistic notation of electrodynamics

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5041 - Mathematical Methods in Physics 1

Mathematical methods, such as multivariate calculus, differential equations, series, complex analysis, and Fourier analysis, will be discussed and applied to a variety of physics problems. The emphasis is on problem solving using these techniques, and on their unity across the discipline of physics.

Credits: 5

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5051 - Modern Physics Theory and Applications

This course is designed to review and summarize the theoretical ideas of modern physics, and to examine applications to atomic spectra, nuclear and particle physics, quantum fluids and solid state physics. This is expected to be a capstone course in modern physics, so students are expected to have a solid grounding in quantum mechanics and contemporary physics.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5061 - Geometrical and Physical Optics

The behavior of light in both classical and quantum realms. Topics covered include: geometrical optics, the wave nature of light, interference, polarization, diffraction, the optical properties of materials, holography, and selected modern applications.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5071 - Computer Simulation Methods in Physics

Introduction to numerical methods used to solve problems in physics. Students are introduced to basic numerical methods and to the process of approaching problems from a computational point of view. Topics covered include differentiation and integration methods, numerical error analysis, data fitting, matrix methods, Monte Carlo strategies.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5101 - Topics in Science for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Selected topics related to the teaching of natural science in grades K-12. May be repeated for credit. May not be used for credit toward a physics degree.

Credits: 1 - 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 30.0 hours.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5301 - Cell and Molecular Biophysics

Introduction to the physical principles that underlie phenomena in cell biology and the properties of biomolecules. Topics covered will include an introduction to molecular biology, Brownian motion, molecular interactions in macromolecules, protein and nucleic acid structure, physics of biopolymers, chemical kinetics, mechanical and adhesive properties of biomolecules, molecular manipulation techniques, cell membrane structure, membrane channels and pumps, molecular motors and biorheology.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5411 - Electronic Device Physics

Physical principles of electronic devices. Overview of electronic transport in solids with application to diodes, bipolar transistors, and field-effect transistors. Heterostructures and low-dimensional physics and devices. Selected condensed matter phenomena with electronic device applications; resonant tunneling, Landauer formalism, single-electron physics, molecular electronics, and spintronics.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5511 - Introduction to Radiation Physics

An introduction to radiation, natural and artificial sources of radiation for physical scientists and engineers. Topics covered include: description of natural and man-made sources of radiation; the interaction of radiation with biological systems; natural radiation background and risk assessment; exploration of radiation-based cancer treatment and medical imaging.

Credits: 1

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5701 - Electronics Measurement Laboratory

Experiments in electronic measurement techniques from simple analog and digital circuits to microprocessors and analyzers. The topics to be covered include: DC circuits, capacitors, diode circuits, transistors, emitter follower, common emitter amplifier, differential amplifier, FETs, operational amplifiers, feedback, inverting amplifiers, summing amplifiers, integrators, positive feedback, frequency compensation, FET switches, voltage regulators, and digital logic.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PHYS 5801 - Acoustics

An advanced course that deals with all aspects of modern acoustics, including advanced mathematical concepts. Vibration in solid and liquid systems, sound radiation, sound propagation, and practical aspects of sound will be discussed in detail and examined with a comprehensive sets of problems for the student that will clarify the theory and practice of acustics.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I