PHYSICS(PHY)

CHAIR, RANDALL D. PETERS

PROFESSOR PETERS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS MARONE and YOUNG

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR BALDUZ

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR LEE

The department offers the B.S. and B.A. degrees and a minor in physics.

The program in **physics** offers courses to meet the needs of:

**1)** students desiring to pursue physics-related industrial
or governmental careers,

**2)** students desiring to continue their education in advanced
graduate programs,

**3)** students desiring a physics major as preparation for
science teaching in secondary schools,

**4)** students needing courses in physics as part of their
major program, and

**5)** students not majoring in the sciences, but desiring
a general knowledge of physics.

The **Bachelor of Science degree in physics** consists of at least
39 credit hours of physics, which must include PHY 161/121L/162/162L, 305/306,
300(twice), 340, 355, 365, 430, and at least three other physics courses
numbered above 300. In addition, MAT 293 Multivariable Calculus and MAT
330 Introduction to Differential Equations, and CHM 111/112 General Chemistry
I/II are required. Successful completion of a senior comprehensive examination
is also required.

The **Bachelor of Arts degree in physics** consists of at least 29
credit hours in physics, which must include PHY 161/121L/162/162L, 305/306,
300(twice), and at least four other courses which are either physics offerings
numbered above 300, or PHY 115 Descriptive Astronomy. In addition, MAT
293 Multivariable Calculus and MAT 330 Introduction to Differential Equations,
and at least 8 credit hours of lab science courses outside of physics (i.e.
BIO, CHM or EES) are required. Successful completion of a senior
comprehensive examination is also required.

A **minor in physics** consists of at least 17 credit hours in physics,
which must include PHY 161/121L/162/162L, and at least three other physics
course numbered above 300.

The courses MAT 191/191L/192/192L Calculus I/II are required for *all*
physics degrees. The courses PHY 141/142/142L may never be used to
fulfill
*any* physics degree requirement. Students wishing to pursue
a major or minor in physics should confer with the department chair as
soon as this decision is made in order to plan a program of studies. A
physics major should ideally complete PHY 161/121L/162/162L and MAT 191/191L/192/192L
during the freshman year, and PHY 305/306 and MAT 293/330 during the sophomore
year.

Majors may attain **Departmental Honors** in physics by fulfilling
the following requirements:
**1)** attaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses
taken in the department, and
**2)** satisfactorily completing a research project, including preparation
of a paper suitable for publication in a scientific journal and/or presentation
at a scientific meeting.

**101. Everyday Physics**

Prerequisite: SCI 105 or consent of instructor.

Commonplace objects and events are studied from a scientific point
of view. These may include sports, amusement rides and other vehicles,
household objects, ice and steam, musical instruments, electronic devices,
light, weather, toys, and weapons. A lecture and laboratory module for
general education. Three hours of lecture and a three-hour lab per week
for eight weeks. (2 credit hours)
**103. Acoustical Foundations of Music**
*(same as MUS 103)*

Prerequisite: SCI 105 or consent of instructor.

A study of the relevant concepts of physics as applied to the acoustical
aspects of music reproduction, listening environments, and hearing. A lecture
and laboratory module for general education. Three hours of lecture and
a three-hour lab per week for eight weeks. (2 credit hours)

**115. Descriptive Astronomy**

Problems in astronomy will be presented on a fundamental level and
will serve to demonstrate how scientific principles are established, how
these principles are sometimes revised or disproved by new data and methods,
and how observations of the universe can be used by people to learn more
about their place in the cosmos. A lecture and laboratory course. (4 credit
hours)

**121L. Basic Physics Laboratory I**

Co-requisite: PHY 141 or PHY 161.

Laboratory component for PHY 141 or PHY 161: one 3-hour session per week. (1 hour
credit)
**141. Introductory Physics I: Mechanics and Heat**

Prerequisite: MAT 133 or equivalent. Co-requisite: PHY 121L.

Algebra-based physics: the study of motion, forces, mechanical and
heat energy. Three hours of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**142. Introductory Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and
Optics**

Prerequisites: MAT 133 or equivalent, and PHY 141. Co-requisite: PHY
142L.

Continuation of PHY 141: the study of electrostatics, electric currents,
dc and ac circuits, magnetism, geometrical and physical optics. Three hours
of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**142L. Introductory Physics II Lab**

Co-requisite: PHY 142.

Laboratory component for PHY 142: one 3-hour session per week. (1 hour
credit)
**161. General Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics**

Co-requisites: MAT 191 and PHY 121L.

Physics with calculus for majors in the physical sciences and engineering:
the study of motion, forces, energy, heat and entropy. Three hours of lecture
per week. (3 credit hours)
**162. General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Wave Motion
and Optics**

Prerequisite: PHY 161. Co-requisites: MAT 192 and PHY 162L.

Continuation of PHY 161: the study of electrostatics, electrical currents,
dc and ac circuits, and magnetism, wave phenomena, geometric and physical
optics. Three hours of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**162L. General Physics II Lab**

Co-requisite: PHY 162.

Laboratory component for PHY 162: one 3-hour session per week. (1 hour
credit)
**300. Physics Seminar**

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; and either PHY 142 or PHY 162 or
instructor approval.

This is a weekly, one-hour seminar focusing on current topics at the
frontiers of physics. Each student must make at least one presentation
each semester. May be taken up to four times for credit, but only two credit
hours may be applied toward the physics major. (1 credit hour)
**305. Modern Physics I**

Prerequisites: MAT 192 and PHY 162.

Introduction to the quantum theory of matter: wave-particle duality,
uncertainty, quantum probability, the Schroedinger equation, atomic and
molecular structure, classical and quantum statistics, solid state physics,
superfluids, superconductors, and lasers. Three hours of lecture per week.
(3 credit hours)
**306. Modern Physics II**

Prerequisite: PHY 305.

Introduction to the physics of spacetime, the very small, and the very
large: special relativity, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics,
general relativity, and cosmology. Three hours of lecture per week. (3
credit hours)
**325. Physical Optics**

Prerequisites: MAT 192 and PHY 162.

Intermediate level optics, including the electromagnetic nature of
light, thermal and coherent sources, interference phenomena, holography,
polarization, Fourier transform spectroscopy, and nonlinear optics. The
adjective
*physical* in the title of this course emphasizes its foundation
in electromagnetic theory, as opposed to *geometrical* optics, where
the primary goal is to understand how optical instruments function, using
ray tracing techniques. Three hours of lecture and a 3-hour laboratory
per week. (4 credit hours)
**330. Statistical Mechanics**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 305.

Introduction to statistical mechanics covering classical and quantum
statistics, and connections with thermodynamics. Quantum statistics will
include investigations of thermal properties of solids and low temperature
phenomena. Three hours of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**340. Analytical Mechanics**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 162.

Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; Newtonian, Lagrangian,
and Hamiltonian description of systems; vibrating systems including normal
modes. Three hours of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**355. Electromagnetic Theory**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 162.

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations,
electromagnetic waves. Three hours of lecture per week. (3 credit hours)
**365. Mathematical Physics**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 162.

Mathematical methods useful in upper-division physics courses are explored.
Topics may include probability distributions, linear algebra, complex variables,
waves and Fourier analysis, orthogonal functions, partial differential
equations, chaotic dynamics, and group theory. Three hours of lecture per
week. (3 credit hours)
**370. Experimental Physics**

Prerequisite: PHY 305.

Introduction to experimental techniques including computerized data
acquisition, data analysis, analog and digital electronics and instrumentation.
Students will also learn the LabVIEW programming language. Three hours
of lecture and three hours of laboratory work per week. (4 credit hours)
**385. Computational Physics**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 162.

Students will use scientific programming languages to create algorithms
and perform numerical calculations in the areas of linear algebra, differentiation
and integration, and random event generation. Three hours of lecture and
a three-hour computer lab per week. (4 credit hours)
**420. Selected Topics in Physics (Subtitle)**

Prerequisite: to be determined by the instructor.

A study of a topic in much greater depth than is done in the more general
courses, or a topic of current importance not covered in the course offerings
of the department. Credit hours depend on the topic, with a maximum of
4.
**430. Nonlinear Physics**

Prerequisite: PHY 340.

This course discusses nonlinear phenomena in physical systems and how
these nonlinear effects are analyzed. Three hours of lecture and a three-hour
lab per week. (4 credit hours)
**450. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics**

Prerequisites: MAT 293 and 330, and PHY 305.

Introduction to the concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics. Mathematical
formalisms, applications to various systems, and philosophical implications
of quantum mechanics will be investigated. Three hours of lecture per week.
(3 credit hours)
**460. Research in Physics**

Prerequisite: to be determined by the student's research advisor.

Training in the techniques of basic research in physics with application
to a research project of current importance. May be spread over several
semesters. Variable credit (1-3 credits per semester): one credit hour for
each three hours per week of research activity. May be taken for up to
6 credit hours.