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PHYS 150. PHYSICS I A beginning course in physics covering the topics of kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, work, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Prerequisite: MATH 129 or 131. Corequisite: PHYS 150L. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 150L. PHYSICS I LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 150. Corequisite: PHYS 150. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; one credit  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 201. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I A general physics course covering the topics of mechanics, heat, and sound. Designed primarily for biology majors. Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry or MATH 117. Corequisite: PHYS 201L. Offered in the Fall semester. A student can receive credit for only one of PHYS 150 and PHYS 201. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 201L. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 201. Corequisite: PHYS 201. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit   Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 202. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II A continuation of PHYS 201 covering the topics of electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 150 or PHYS 201. Corequisite: PHYS 202L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 202L. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 202. Corequisite: PHYS 202. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit   Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 251. PHYSICS II A second course in physics covering electric forces, electric fields, voltage, capacitance, current, resistance, magnetic forces, magnetic fields, induction, oscillations, and waves. Prerequisite PHYS 150. Corequisite: PHYS 251L. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 251L. PHYSICS II LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 251. Corequisite: PHYS 251. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; one credit   Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 252. PHYSICS III A third course in physics covering geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, quantum theory, waves and particles, atomic physics, special relativity, radioactivity, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 251. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 252L. PHYSICS III LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 252. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 252. Offered once per year. One semester; one credit  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 340. ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS An advanced course in classical electric and magnetic fields that expands upon the topics introduced in Physics II. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Laplace’s equation, the methods of images, and electric and magnetic fields in matter will be covered. Electrodynamics including electromotive force, Faraday’s law, and Maxwell’s equations will finish out the course. Intended for Physics and Engineering Physics majors and minors. Prerequisites: PHYS 251 and MATH 232. One semester; three credits.  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 347. SPECIAL RELATIVITY A study of the theory of special relativity including the experimental background of special relativity, relativistic kinematics including the doppler effect, and relativistic dynamics including the equation E=mc2. Prerequisite: PHYS 252. Offered once every two years. One semester; two credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 353. SOLID STATE PHYSICS An introductory study of the physics of solids including crystal lattice vibrations and waves, the free electron model, electron energy bands, semiconductor electrical properties, junctions, and optical properties. Prerequisites: PHYS 252 and MATH 232. Offered in every other even numbered Fall semester. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 380. ADVANCED MECHANICS I Primarily an advanced study of the kinetics and dynamics of single particles; Newton’s laws; concepts of momentum, work, energy; and conservation principles. Prerequisites: PHYS 251 and MATH 232. Offered in the Fall semester of odd numbered years. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 381. ADVANCED MECHANICS II A continuation of the study of mechanics including accelerated reference frames, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, and generalized coordinates. Prerequisite: PHYS 380. One semester; one credit  Departmental Syllabus

 PHYS 400. INTERNSHIP IN PHYSICS Students majoring in physics, engineering physics, or natural science receive on-the-job training in the offices or laboratories of cooperating firms. To receive credit, the student must submit periodic reports and a detailed final report of the work done. The authorized supervisor of the firm must verify these reports. Prerequisites: Junior standing and approval of the Physics faculty. Pass/Fail Grading. One semester; one to three credits 

PHYS 415. OPTICS A study of electromagnetic radiation, with emphasis on the visible portion of the spectrum. Topics include optical detectors, superposition of waves, interference, far-field and near-field diffraction, polarization, waveguides and optical fibers, and laser theory. Prerequisites: PHYS 252 and MATH 232. Offered in the Fall semester of even numbered years. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 415L. OPTICS LABORATORY Laboratory to accompany PHYS 415. Corequisite: PHYS 415. Offered in the Fall semester of even numbered years. One semester; one credit  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 430. THERMAL PHYSICS The first part of the course focuses on a classical treatment of thermodynamics from the perspective of physics. The second part of the course examines thermodynamics from the modern statistical mechanics viewpoint. Topics include the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, entropy, ideal gasses, the Boltzmann distribution, the partition function and applications to real systems. Prequisites: PHYS 252 and MATH 232. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 447. QUANTUM MECHANICS I A detailed introduction to quantum mechanics including thermal radiation, deBroglie’s postulate, Schrodinger’s equation, one-electron atoms, spin and transition rates. Prerequisites: PHYS 252 and MATH 232. Offered in the Fall semester of odd numbered years. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 448. QUANTUM MECHANICS II A continuation of the study of quantum mechanics including statistical mechanics, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, and scattering. Prerequisite: PHYS 447. Offered in the spring semester of even numbered years. One semester; three credits  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 452. ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY A laboratory course in advanced selected experiments. A written report on each experiment is required. Prerequisite: PHYS 252L. Offered in the Spring semester of odd numbered years. One semester; one credit  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 491. RESEARCH I An independent investigation in some field of physics. A choice of topic for research is made, and a written description of the proposed research including bibliographical references is required. Prerequisite: Departmental approval or Senior standing. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; zero credit  Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 492. RESEARCH II The research proposed in PHYS 491 is carried out. A formal written report plus an oral presentation to the class and the departmental faculty is required. Prerequisite: PHYS 491. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; two credits   Departmental Syllabus

PHYS 495. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS Directed work on a special topic in physics approved by the department. One semester; one to three credits 

PHYS 499. SENIOR COMPREHENSIVES Second semester seniors are required to take a comprehensive examination on selected fields of physics as prepared and administered by the department faculty. A passing score is required for graduation. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; zero credit