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PHY101 - College Physics I

Introductory physics. Vectors, mechanics, energy, momentum, conservation principles and oscillatory motion. Five hours combined lecture and laboratory each week. Prerequisite: MAT 281. (4 crs.)

PHY121 - General Physics I

An introductory non-calculus course dealing with mechanics and heat. Five hours combined lecture and laboratory each week. Prerequisite: MAT 181. (4 crs.)

PHY122 - General Physics II

An introductory noncalculus course addressing the areas of sound, light, and electricity and magnetism. Five hours combined lecture and laboratory each week. Prerequisite: PHY 121 (4 crs.)

PHY202 - College Physics II

A continuation of College Physics I. Heat and thermodynamics, hydrostatics, waves and acoustics, electricity, and an introduction to magnetism and ac circuits. Five hours combined lecture and laboratory each week. Prerequisite: PHY 101 and MAT 282. (4 crs.)

PHY203 - College Physics III

A continuation of College Physics II. Magnetism, AC circuits, Maxwell's equation and electromagnetic waves, light, atomic and nuclear physics, and special relativity. Some review of material from College Physics I and II. Five hours combined lecture and laboratory each week. Prerequisite: PHY 202. corequisite: MAT 381. Spring of even years. (4 crs.)

PHY301 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

Electric and magnetic fields and energy, the effects of matter on them, circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves. Vector calculus and differential equations used. Prerequisites PHY 203 and MAT 381. Recommended PHY 221, MAT 382 and MAT 341. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours each week. As needed. (4 crs.)

PHY321 - Intermediate Mechanics

Vector calculus, Newtonian kinematics and dynamics of many particle systems, with emphasis on integral relations, motion in a central potential, scattering theory, systems with constraints, variational principals in mechanics, small oscillations, wave equations and special relativity. Three class hours and three laboratory hours each week. Prerequisite: PHY 202; corequisite: MAT 381. Fall, odd years. (4 crs.)

PHY331 - Modern Physics I

Relativistic kinematics and dynamics, particle and wave aspects of radiation and particles, the structure of the hydrogen atom, and many-electron atoms. Introduction to quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: PHY 203 and MAT 381. Fall, even years. (3 crs.)

PHY341 - Math Methods of Physics I

Vector calculus, complex variable analysis and conformal mapping, Fourier series and integrals, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, general series representations of functions and special functions. Prerequisites: PHY 203 and MAT 381 or approval of instructor. As needed. (3 crs.)

PHY375 - Radiation and Optics

A review of Maxwell equations and wave analysis. Fraunhofer diffraction, radiation from atoms, polychromatic waves magneto-optic and electro optic effects, and introduction of laser and maser theory.

PHY376 - Statistical and Thermal Physics

Statistical methods, statistical thermodynamics, macroscopic thermodynamics and its relation to statistical mechanics, application of statistical methods to gases and solids, phase equilibrium, an quantum statistics. Prerequisite: PHY 202. As needed. (3 crs.)

PHY405 - Quantum Mechanics

Formulation and application of the fundamental principles of quantum theory that evolved in the 20th century. Planck's quantum postulates, DeBroglie hypothesis and wave particle duality. Momentum space and the Fourier transform. Formulation of the Schrodinger equation and its application to the treatment of particles in potential fields. Prerequisites: PHY 331 and/or MAT 406. As needed. (3 crs.)

PHY410 - Physics Internship

The student is provided an opportunity to work in an industrial or nonprofit research laboratory, and the practical training is intended to supplement the student's course work. Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of the department chair. Spring, Summer and Fall. (Variable crs.)

PHY451 - Advanced Laboratory I

Experiments selected from topics discussed in Modern Physics. The lecture time is used to discuss error analysis, curve fitting and points of interest to the laboratory reports. Prerequisite: 12 physics credits. One class hour each week and three laboratory hours each week. As needed. (1 cr.)

PHY455 - Solid State Physics

An introduction to the physics of solid materials, including crystalline lattice structures, band theory, conductors, semiconductors, and superconductors. Recent developments in nanoscience as related to solid state physics will also be emphasized. Prerequisites: PHY 202 and MAT 282 or approval of instructor. Recommended prerequisite: PHY 203. Offered as needed. (3 crs.)

PHY475 - Astrophysics

Topics concerning stellar evolution observations, physical states of the stellar interior, evolutionary phases and initial and final stellar structure, and cosmology. As needed. (3 crs.)

PHY495 - Physics Seminar

An introduction to literature, history, teaching, and research methods in the physical sciences. Prerequisites: Junior standing and at least 19 hours of physics (including College Physics I-II) (1 cr.) Spring, summer and fall.