Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 0325  University Physics I  0 SCH  (0)  

PHYS 1101  Coll Physics I Laboratory  1 SCH  (4)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1301. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1301.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1102  College Physics II Lab  1 SCH  (4)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1302. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1302.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1103  Stars and Galaxies Laboratory  1 SCH  (3)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1303. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1303.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1104  Solar System Laboratory  1 SCH  (3)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1304. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1304.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1105  Elem Physics I Laboratory  1 SCH  (2)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1305. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1305. Laboratory fee, $5.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1107  Elem Physics II Laboratory  1 SCH  (2)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1307. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1307. Laboratory fee, $5.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1111  Descriptive Astronomy I Lab  1 SCH  (3)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1311. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1311. Laboratory fee, $5.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1112  Descriptive Astron II Lab  1 SCH  (3)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1312. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 1312. Laboratory fee, $5.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1170  Princpl of Nuclear Engineering  1 SCH  (1)  

PHYS 1301  College Physics I  3 SCH  (3)  

A trigonometry-based introduction to physics. Topics include kinematics, vector analysis, force dynamics, equilibrium, work, energy, momentum, collisions, fluid dynamics, and thermal physics. Prior knowledge of physics (one year of high school physics; otherwise PHYS 1373 is recommended) is assumed. Prerequisites: MATH 1314 and MATH 1316. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1101 is recommended.

PHYS 1302  College Physics II  3 SCH  (3)  

A continuation of PHYS 1301. Topics include periodic motion, sound, electric force, electric current, resistance, electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, AC circuits, light and optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 1301 and PHYS 1101. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1102 is recommended.

PHYS 1303  Stars and Galaxies  3 SCH  (3)  

A survey of stellar astronomy and cosmology. Topics include the behavior of light; the sun as a star; positions, motions and brightness of the stars; stellar evolution; the Milky Way and other galaxies; and cosmology. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1103 is recommended.

PHYS 1304  Solar System  3 SCH  (3)  

A survey of the astronomy of our solar system. Topics include the history of astronomy, naked-eye phenomena, telescopes, gravity and orbits and the nature and history of the Earth, moon, planets, asteroids and comets. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1104 is recommended.

PHYS 1305  Elementary Physics I  3 SCH  (3)  

A qualitative introduction to physics for students with little preparation in the physical sciences. Topics include kinematics, vector analysis, force dynamics, equilibrium, work, energy, momentum, collisions, fluid dynamics and thermal physics. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1105 is recommended.

PHYS 1307  Elementary Physics II  3 SCH  (3)  

A qualitative introduction to physics intended for students with little preparation in the physical sciences. Topics include periodic motion, sound, electric force, electric current, resistance, electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, AC circuits, light, optics and modern physics. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1107 is recommended.

PHYS 1311  Descriptive Astronomy I  3 SCH  (3)  

A survey of the astronomy of our solar system. Topics include the history of astronomy, naked-eye phenomena, telescopes, gravity and orbits and the nature and history of the Earth, moon, planets, asteroids and comets. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1111 is recommended.

PHYS 1312  Descriptive Astronomy II  3 SCH  (3)  

A survey of stellar astronomy and cosmology. Topics include the behavior of light; the sun as a star; positions, motions and brightness of the stars; stellar evolution; the Milky Way and other galaxies; and cosmology. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 1112 is recommended.

PHYS 1373  Preparatory Physics  3 SCH  (3)  

Topics needed to succeed in College Physics or University Physics. Problem solving using basic techniques of algebra and trigonometry. Topics include vector mechanics, linear and two-dimensional kinematics, and Newtonian dynamics.

PHYS 1375  Physics  3 SCH  (3-2)  

A survey of the most basic concepts of physics. Topics include scientific measurements, motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, matter, heat, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, atomic structure and nuclear energy. Prerequisite: MATH 1314.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 1471  Acoustical Foundations of Musi  4 SCH  (3-2)  

A general introduction and survey of the physical and acoustical foundations of music. Topics include the fundamental physics relevant to music, the reception of musical sound, intervals, scales, tuning, temperament, auditorium and room acoustics and the production of sounds by musical instruments including electronic.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 2125  University Physics I Lab  1 SCH  (4)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2325. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 2325.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 2126  University Physics II Lab  1 SCH  (4)  

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2326. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 2326.

Fee: $5.00

PHYS 2174  Physics Forensics Lab  1 SCH  (0-4)  

Physics laboratory in mechanics, including ballistics and other topics relating to forensics. Falling objects, momentum, thermodynamics as relating to burning materials, and electric phenomena such as bomb detonators. Prerequisites: PHYS 1375 or permission of instructor. For minors in Forensic Sciences, credit or registration in CRIJ 3250 required.

PHYS 2325  University Physics I  3 SCH  (3)  

A calculus-based introduction to physics. Topics include kinematics, vector analysis, force dynamics, equilibrium, work, energy, momentum, collisions, fluid dynamics, and thermal physics. Prior knowledge of physics (one year of high school physics; otherwise PHYS 1373 is recommended) is assumed. Prerequisite: credit or registration in MATH 2413 or equivalent. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2125 is recommended.

PHYS 2326  University Physics II  3 SCH  (3)  

A continuation of PHYS 2325. Topics include periodic motion, sound, electric force, electric current, resistance, electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, light, optics and modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2125 or PHYS 1302 and PHYS 1102; credit or registration in MATH 2414 or equivalent or MATH 3415. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2126 is recommended.

PHYS 3110  Advanced Laboratory  1 SCH  (1-3)  

Focusing on advanced techniques and experiments. Experiments will be drawn from the full range of physics classes. The student will understand the role of experimental design, advanced data analysis and reduction and the use of computers while investigating physical phenomena. Prerequisites: PHYS 2126, PHYS 2326.

PHYS 3310  Advanced Physics Laboratory  3 SCH  (1-4)  

A laboratory course focusing on advanced techniques and experiments drawn from the full range of physics classes. The student will understand the role of experimental design, advanced data analysis and reduction and the use of computers while investigating physical phenomena. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 3343.

PHYS 3313  Mechanics I  3 SCH  (0-3)  

A mathematical treatment of the fundamentals of classical mechanics. Topics include particle dynamics in one, two and three dimensions; conservation laws; dynamics of a system of particles; motion of rigid bodies; central force problems; accelerating coordinate systems; gravitation; Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 2326/PHYS 2126; credit or registration in either MATH 3320 or MATH 3415.

PHYS 3323  Electromagnetic Field Theory  3 SCH  (3)  

Electrostatics; Laplace's Equation; the theory of dielectrics; magnetostatics; electromagnetic induction; magnetic fields of currents; Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 2326/PHYS 2126; credit or registration in MATH 3320 or MATH 3415 or equivalent.

PHYS 3333  Thermodynamics  3 SCH  (0-3-3)  

Equations of state, ideal gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy and statistical methods. Prerequisites: PHYS 2326 and 2126; credit or registration in MATH 3415 or equivalent.

PHYS 3343  Modern Physics I  3 SCH  (3)  

An introduction to special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include space-time, relativistic energy and momentum, the uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's equation, observables and operators, bound states, potential barriers and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: PHYS 2326 and 2126; credit or registration in either MATH 3320 or MATH 3415 or equivalent.

PHYS 3362  Intro to Nuclear Engineering  3 SCH  (3)  

Basic radioactivity, nuclear and neutron physics as applied to nuclear engineering. Prerequisites: PHYS 3343; credit or registration in CSEN 2304 or equivalent; MATH 3320.

PHYS 4160  Nuclear Physics Laboratory  1 SCH  (4)  

Laboratory study of natural and artificial radioactivity, and particle physics. Particle physics detectors, such as Geiger-Muller, sodium-iodide, plastic scintillation and solid state detectors. Detector resolution, radioactive half-life, muon lifetime, energy of particles and gamma rays and coincidence measurements. Prerequisite: credit or registration in PHYS 4360.

PHYS 4191  Physics Research Project  1 SCH  (1)  

Literature survey and preparation for, and initiation of, a research project agreed to between the student and a faculty advisor, to be completed and reported on in the Research Seminar course. Prerequisite: PHYS 3343.

PHYS 4192  Physics Research Seminar  1 SCH  (1)  

An experimental or theoretical project, begun in the Research Project course, will be concluded by the student and the results reported in a seminar. Students who have not yet taken the ETC major field test in physics are required to do so while enrolled in Seminar. Prerequisite: PHYS 4191.

PHYS 4303  Math Methods for Physicists  3 SCH  (3)  

Mathematical techniques from the following areas: infinite series, integral transforming, applications of complex variables; vectors, matrices and tensors, special functions, partial differential equations, Greens' functions, perturbation theory, integral equations, calculus of variations and groups and group representations. Prerequisite: credit or registration in MATH 3320.

PHYS 4323  Optics  3 SCH  (3)  

A mathematical treatment of the modern theory of optics. Topics include Huygen's principle as applied to geometric optics, interference, diffraction, polarization, crystal optics, electromagnetic theory of light, the interaction of light with matter and quantum optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 3323; MATH 3415 or MATH 3320.

PHYS 4343  Modern Physics II  3 SCH  (3)  

A continuation of Modern Physics I. Topics include atomic, molecular, nuclear, statistical, solid state, laser and elementary particle physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 3343; MATH 3315 or MATH 3320.

PHYS 4353  Quantum Physics  3 SCH  (3)  

The Schrodinger equation; one dimensional systems; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle; magnetic moments and angular momentum; two and three dimensional systems; approximation methods; scattering theory. Prerequisites: PHYS 3343; credit or registration in either MATH 3320 or MATH 3415 or equivalent.

PHYS 4360  Nuclear Physics  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of nuclear phenomena and properties including mass, stability, magnetic moment, radioactive decay processes and nuclear reactions. The application of nuclear principles to other fields such as astronomy, engineering, manufacturing and medicine. Prerequisites: PHYS 3343; credit or registration in both PHYS 4353 and either MATH 3320 or MATH 3415.

PHYS 4362  Radiological Safety  3 SCH  (3)  

Interactions of nuclear radiations with matter and biological systems. Theory and practice of radiation dosimetry as applied to radiation protection. Design and application of radiation dosimetry systems for personnel monitoring, area radiation monitoring and accident situations. Includes external and internal dosimetry as well as long-term risk analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 3362.

PHYS 4363  Environ Nuclear Engineering  3 SCH  (3)  

Environmental aspects of nuclear power. Natural radiation environment and the distribution of radioactivity added to the environment by human activities. Evaluation of effects of radiation and radioactivity on the environment and on humans. Prerequisite: PHYS 4362.

PHYS 4364  Radiation Protection Enginrng  3 SCH  (3)  

Analysis of radiation hazard situations and design of nuclear facilities from a safety standpoint. Prerequisite: PHYS 4362.

PHYS 4366  Nuclear Reactor Theory  3 SCH  (3)  

An introduction to neutron diffusion theory, neutron moderation, condition for criticality of nuclear reactors. Prerequisite: PHYS 3362.

PHYS 4367  Nuclear Reactor Analysis  3 SCH  (3)  

The group diffusion method, multiregion reactors, heterogeneous reactors, reactor kinetics, changes in reactivity. Prerequisite: PHYS 4366.

PHYS 4370  Geophysics  3 SCH  (3)  

Fundamentals of the mechanics of geophysics. Study of the instruments and methods used in geophysical exploration. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of advanced physics and/or engineering.

PHYS 4383  Computational Physics  3 SCH  (3)  

An introduction to the methods and algorithms used in solving physical problems with computers, and computer-related limitations on such solutions. Prerequisites: knowledge of the C programming language; credit or registration in MATH 3415 or 3320.

PHYS 4390  Sel Topics in Modern Physics  3 SCH  (0-3)  

A detailed study of one or more important physical discoveries, developments and/or theories. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: senior standing.

PHYS 4391  Research Projects in Physics  3 SCH  (3)  

Supervised research involving advanced physics concepts. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Includes, but is not limited to, experimental techniques and/or theoretical tools. Prerequisites: two advanced Physics courses and approval by the supervising faculty.

PHYS 4460  Nuclear Physics  4 SCH  (3-4)  

A study of natural and artificial radioactivity. Topics include the neutron, the positron, nuclear structure and forces, binding energies, nuclear fission and fusion, particle accelerators and cosmic rays. Prerequisite: PHYS 3343. Laboratory fee, $5.