# Current Courses

PHYS
1012 : Physics 1112 Supplement

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Provides backup instruction for PHYS 1112. Recommended for students who either feel insecure about taking PHYS 1112 or simply want to develop their problem-solving skills. Emphasis is on getting the student to develop a deep understanding of basic concepts in mechanics. Much class time is spent solving problems and looking at real life applications.

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PHYS
1102 : General Physics II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102 emphasize quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics and tools of introductory physics developed without use of calculus. The course offers individualized instruction. There are no scheduled lectures, discussion sections, or labs. Instruction occurs via one-on-one tutoring in the learning center, open Mon-Fri afternoons, Mon-Thurs evenings, and Sundays in fall and spring; Mon-Fri 9am-2pm in summer. Students learn through completing assigned readings, problems, and laboratory exercises and through individualized tutoring. Additionally, videotaped lectures, sample tests, overview sessions, and on-line tutorials are provided. The course format provides flexibility, but in some ways is more demanding than a course with a traditional format. Success requires discipline and well-developed study habits. Students without high school physics can succeed, but should allow extra time. Evaluation includes an oral notebook check and a written test for each unit; these must be completed within a flexible set of deadlines. Major topics for PHYS 1102: electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric currents and circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, quantum physics, nuclear physics. At the level of College Physics vol. 2, fourth ed., by Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.

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PHYS
1112 : Physics I: Mechanics & Heat

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

First course in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Covers the mechanics of particles with focus on kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics of many-particle systems: center of mass, rotational mechanics of a rigid body, and static equilibrium. Temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 1, by Young and Freedman.

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PHYS
1116 : Physics I: Mechanics and Special Relativity

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

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First in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of mechanics. More mathematical and abstract than a typical mechanics course - for example, considers how choice of coordinate system (Cartesian, cylindrical, etc.) influences the nature of kinematical equations. Fast paced. Includes kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, inertial and noninertial frames, central force fields, periodic motion, and special relativity. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.

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PHYS
1190 : Introductory Laboratory (Transfer Supplement)

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Students perform the laboratory component of one of the introductory courses (PHYS 1112, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214) to complement the lecture-related course credit acquired elsewhere. Those wishing to take equivalent of one of these introductory courses at another institution should receive prior approval from the physics director of undergraduate studies.

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PHYS
1203 : Physics of the Heavens and the Earth

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

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Shows how the unification of apparently distinct areas of physics leads to an explosion in the growth of our knowledge and understanding. The material is divided into three parts: the physics of motion on earth, motion in the heavens, and synthesis. Trace how ideas about celestial and terrestrial motion evolved separately at first, from the ancient ideas of Greek philosophers to the dynamics and telescopic discoveries of Galileo during the Renaissance. The two arenas finally melded under Newton's Universal Gravitation. Einstein's special and general theories of relativity eventually supplanted Newton's ideas. There is an emphasis throughout on "how do we know the laws?" These are the stories of breakthrough discoveries and brilliant insights made by fascinating people, offering a humanistic perspective. http://www.sciencewithhumanities.com/

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PHYS
1204 : Physics of Musical Sound

**Crosslisted as:**MUSIC 1466

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Explores musical sound from a physics point of view. Topics include how various musical instruments work; pitch, timbre, scales, intervals, and tunings; hearing; human voice and room acoustics. This course is a Writing In The Majors Course: both science writing and physics problem-solving skills are developed through weekly assignments. Student activities include hands-on investigations of musical instruments and field trips. Students write a term paper investigating a topic of their choice. At the level of The Science of Sound by Rossing, Moore, and Wheeler.

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PHYS
2208 : Fundamentals of Physics II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

PHYS 2208 follows PHYS 2207 in the two-semester introduction to physics intended for students majoring in biological science, physical science, or mathematics. PHYS 2208 provides a rich exposure to the methods of physics and to the basic analytical and scientific skills required by all scientists. Lectures are highly interactive and illustrated with applications from the sciences, medicine, and everyday life. Labs highlight lecture topics via a hands-on environment. Recitation sections reinforce the lecture topics via cooperative problem-solving. The course content includes electricity and magnetism, optics, and topics from quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics.

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PHYS
2213 : Physics II: Electromagnetism

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Topics include electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, DC circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, AC circuits, and electromagnetic waves. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 2, by Young and Freedman, 13th ed.

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PHYS
2214 : Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

For majors in engineering (including biological, biomedical, and biomolecular engineering), computer science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind much of modern technology and scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, reflection and transmission of waves, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect, polarization, interference, diffraction, transport of momentum and energy, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. With applications to phenomena and measurement technologies in engineering, the physical sciences, and biological sciences. As with PHYS 1112 and PHYS 2213, this course is taught in a largely "flipped", highly interactive manner.

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PHYS
2216 : Introduction to Special Relativity

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, including Galilean and Lorentz transformations, the concept of simultaneity, time dilation and Lorentz contraction, the relativistic transformations of velocity, momentum and energy, and relativistic invariance in the laws of physics. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.

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PHYS
2217 : Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 2170

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of electricity and magnetism. More mathematical and abstract than a typical introductory electricity and magnetism course. Topics include electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, AC circuits, and electromagnetic waves. Makes substantial use of vector calculus. At the level of Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell.

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PHYS
2218 : Physics III: Waves and Thermal Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena: deriving wave equations, solving wave equations, superposition, Fourier series and transforms. This discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The other segment focuses on thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.

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PHYS
3314 : Intermediate Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Topics include Lagrangian mechanics; Newtonian mechanics based on a variational principle; conservation laws from symmetries; two-body orbits due to a central force. Also includes additional topics such as; analysis of scattering experiments; small amplitude oscillating systems including normal mode analysis; rigid body motion; motion in non-inertial reference frames; and nonlinear behavior including chaos. Students not only become more familiar with analytic methods for solving problems in mechanics but also gain experience with computer tools. At the level of Classical Dynamics by John R. Taylor.

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PHYS
3316 : Basics of Quantum Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Topics include breakdown of classical concepts in microphysics; light quanta and matter waves; Schrödinger equation and solutions for square well, harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom; wave packets, scattering and tunneling effects, angular momentum, spin, and magnetic moments. At the level of An Introduction to Quantum Physics by French and Taylor and Introduction to Quantum Physics by Griffiths.

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PHYS
3318 : Analytical Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation and planetary motion, moving coordinate systems, Euler's equations, Lagrange and Hamilton formulations, normal modes and small vibrations, and perturbation theory. At the level of Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, and Analytical Mechanics by Hand and Finch.

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PHYS
3360 : Electronic Circuits

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 3630

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Practical electronics as encountered in a scientific or engineering research/development environment. Analyze, design, build, and test circuits using discrete components and integrated circuits. Analog circuits: resistors, capacitors, operational amplifiers, feedback amplifiers, oscillators, comparators, passive and active filters, diodes, and transistor switches and amplifiers. Digital circuits: combinational and sequential logic (gates, flipflops, registers, counters, timers), analog to digital (ADC) and digital to analog (DAC) conversion, signal averaging, and computer architecture and interfacing. Additional topics may include analog and digital signal processing, light wave communications, transducers, noise reduction techniques, and computer-aided circuit design. At the level of Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill.

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PHYS
4400 : Informal Advanced Laboratory

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 4410, may be done to fill the student's special requirements.

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PHYS
4410 : Advanced Experimental Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 6510

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. Each student selects and performs three experiments. Independent work is stressed, and scientific writing and presentation skills are emphasized. Weekly lectures will cover techniques and skills necessary for the class and experimental physics in general.

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PHYS
4433 : Introduction to Cosmology

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 4433

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

An introduction to theoretical and observational cosmology aimed at interested science and engineering majors. Topics include an introduction to general relativity as applied to the cosmos; the cosmic expansion history and how it relates to the nature of matter in the universe; processes in the early universe; how galaxies and clusters of galaxies form; current and prospective cosmological surveys of galaxies, galaxy clusters, gravitational lensing, and the cosmic microwave background. The material is at a less technical level than the graduate cosmology course ASTRO 6599.

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PHYS
4443 : Intermediate Quantum Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Provides an introduction to concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics, at the level of An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths.

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PHYS
4444 : Introduction to Particle Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers the standard model of particle physics; Introduction to fields and particles and relativistic Quantum Mechanics; Symmetries in physics; Basic introduction the Feynman diagrams. At the level of Introduction to Elementary Particles by Griffiths or Modern Elementary Particle Physics by Kane.

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PHYS
4484 : Teaching and Learning Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 7684

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science education research and from cognitive science, and engage in collaborative activities that help them become more effective teachers and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse and Bloom's Taxonomy, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change and Fixed vs Growth Mind-set. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.

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PHYS
4485 : Teaching Experience I

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Designed to give qualified undergraduate students with an interest in teaching careers a structured introduction to teaching physics. This experience includes attending and participating in weekly course staff meetings, partnering with a graduate teaching assistant in teaching cooperative learning sessions or laboratories in PHYS 1112, PHYS 1116, PHYS 1117, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, or PHYS 3316 and mentoring by a master physics teacher. Total weekly time commitment is 3-4 hours, including staff meeting time, preparation time and 2 hours of contact time.

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PHYS
4486 : Teaching Experience II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Teaching experience for qualified undergraduate students in PHYS 1101/PHYS 1102. Contact time will be in the course's Learning Center, in a team environment with graduate student TAs and faculty. Activities include tutoring individual students, working with small groups, assisting students with lab experiments, and participating in course development initiatives.

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PHYS
4490 : Independent Study in Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Individual project work (reading or laboratory) in any branch of physics. Products vary, but may include a thesis. Evaluation criteria are decided between student and faculty member.

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PHYS
6500 : Informal Graduate Laboratory

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 6510, may be done to fill special requirements.

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PHYS
6510 : Advanced Experimental Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 4410

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. Each student selects and performs three experiments. Independent work is stressed, and scientific writing and presentation skills are emphasized. Weekly lectures will cover techniques and skills necessary for the class and experimental physics in general.

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PHYS
6520 : Projects in Experimental Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Projects of modern topical interest that involve some independent development work by student. Opportunity for more initiative in experimental work than is possible in PHYS 6510.

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PHYS
6554 : General Relativity II

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 6510

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

A continuation of PHYS 6553 and ASTRO 6509 that covers a variety of advanced topics and applications of general relativity in astrophysics, cosmology, and high-energy physics.

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PHYS
6562 : Statistical Physics I

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

A broad, graduate level view of statistical mechanics, with applications to not only physics and chemistry, but to computation, mathematics, dynamical and complex systems, and biology. Some traditional focus areas will not be covered in detail (thermodynamics, phase diagrams, perturbative methods, interacting gasses and liquids).

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PHYS
6574 : Applications of Quantum Mechanics II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Possible topics include identical particles, many electron atoms, second quantization, quantization of the electromagnetic field, scattering of complex systems, radiative transitions, and introduction to the Dirac equation.

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PHYS
7636 : Solid-State Physics II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Continuation of PHYS 7635. Topics include theory of measurements such as response and correlation, spontaneous symmetry breaking, superconductivity, free fermion and interacting topological phases.

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PHYS
7645 : An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

This course is an introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics. Familiarity with Feynman rules, Lagrangians, and relativistic wave equations at the level of PHYS 7651 is required. Topics covered include strong and electro-weak interactions, Higgs mechanism, and phenomenology of weak interactions, the quark model, and particle detectors. The course is taught at the level of Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction by Abe Seiden, and The Standard Model and Beyond by Paul Langacker.

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PHYS
7652 : Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

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A continuation of PHYS 7651. Introduces more advanced methods and concepts in quantum field theory. Topics include functional integral methods, quantization of spin-1 fields, quantum electrodynamics, non-Abelian gauge theories, renormalization group techniques, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and anomalies. At the level of An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder.

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PHYS
7684 : Teaching and Learning Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 4484

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science education research and from cognitive science, and engage in collaborative activities that help them become more effective teachers and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse and Bloom's Taxonomy, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change, Epistemology, Metacognition, and Cooperative Learning. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.

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PHYS
7685 : Special Topics in Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Offerings are announced each semester. Typical topics are group theory, analyticity in particle physics, weak interactions, superfluids, stellar evolution, surface physics, Monte Carlo methods, low-temperature physics, magnetic resonance, phase transitions, and the renormalization group.

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PHYS
7690 : Independent Study in Physics

**Semester offered:**Spring 2017

**Instructor:**

Special graduate study in some branch of physics, either theoretical or experimental, under the direction of any professorial member of the staff.

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