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Top PH 104 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Historical and cultural context of discoveries concerning planets and stars and their motions. Topics include the solar system, the constellations, birth and death of stars, pulsars and black holes. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments, and projects, as well as for outdoor observations. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PH 104H DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Historical and cultural context of discoveries concerning planets and stars and their motions. Topics include the solar system, the constellations, birth and death of stars, pulsars and black holes. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments, and projects, as well as for outdoor observations. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PH 106 PERSPECTIVES IN PHYSICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A descriptive and non-mathematical study of the development of physical concepts and their historical and philosophical context. The emphasis is on the origin, meaning, significance, and limitations of these concepts and their role in the evolution of current understanding of the universe. Concepts to be covered include Copernican astronomy, Newtonian mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, relativity, and quantum theory. Intended primarily for non-science students. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PH 111 INQUIRING INTO PHYSICAL PHENOMENA (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Development of conceptual understandings through investigation of everyday phenomena. Emphasis is on questioning, predicting, exploring, observing, discussing, and writing in physical science contexts. Students document their initial thinking, record their evolving understandings, and write reflections upon how their thinking changed and what fostered their learning. Lec/lab. (Baccalaureate Core Course)

Top PH 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
One-credit sections are graded pass/no pass. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PH 201 GENERAL PHYSICS (5)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introductory survey course covering a broad spectrum of classical and modern physics with applications. Topics include dynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory and recitation sections accompany the lectures. Mathematical preparation should include college algebra and trigonometry. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: MTH 111 and MTH 112. PH 201, PH 202, PH 203 must be taken in order.

Top PH 202 GENERAL PHYSICS (5)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introductory survey course covering broad spectrum of classical and modern physics with applications. Topics include dynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory and recitation sections accompany the lectures. Mathematical preparation should include college algebra and trigonometry. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: MTH 111 and MTH 112 and PH 201

Top PH 203 GENERAL PHYSICS (5)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introductory survey course covering broad spectrum of classical and modern physics with applications. Topics include dynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory and recitation sections accompany the lectures. Mathematical preparation should include college algebra and trigonometry. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: MTH 111 and MTH 112 and PH 202

Top PH 205 SOLAR SYSTEM ASTRONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
History, laws, and tools of astronomy. Composition, motion, and origin of the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments, and projects, as well as for outdoor observations. The courses in the astronomy sequence (PH 205, PH 206, PH 207) can be taken in any order. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PH 206 STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Properties of stars; star formation, evolution, and death; supernovae, pulsars, and black holes. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments, and projects, as well as for outdoor observations. The courses in the astronomy sequence (PH 205, PH 206, PH 207) can be taken in any order. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PH 207 GALAXIES, QUASARS, AND COSMOLOGY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Nature and content of galaxies, properties of quasars, and the cosmic background radiation. Emphasis on the Big-Bang model and its features. An accompanying laboratory is used for demonstrations, experiments, and projects, as well as for outdoor observations. The courses in the astronomy sequence (PH 205, PH 206, PH 207) can be taken in any order. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PH 211 GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A comprehensive introductory survey course intended primarily for students in the sciences and engineering. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and optics. Elementary calculus is used. Laboratory work accompanies the lectures. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: MTH 251. COREQ: MTH 252. Concurrent enrollment in a PH 221 recitation section is strongly recommended.

Top PH 212 GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A comprehensive introductory survey course intended primarily for students in the sciences and engineering. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and optics. Elementary calculus is used. Laboratory work accompanies the lectures. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: PH 211 [D-] and MTH 252. COREQ: MTH 254. Concurrent enrollment in PH 222, Recitation for Physics 212, is strongly recommended.

Top PH 213 GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A comprehensive introductory survey course intended primarily for students in the sciences and engineering. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and optics. Elementary calculus is used. Laboratory work accompanies the lectures. Lec/lab/rec. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: MTH 254 and PH 212. Concurrent enrollment in a recitation section is strongly recommended.

Top PH 221 RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 211 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Lec/rec. Graded P/N. COREQS: PH 211

Top PH 221H RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 211 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Lec/rec. PREREQS: Honors College approval required. Students must take COREQS: PH 211 or PH 211H.

Top PH 222 RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 212 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Graded P/N. COREQS: PH 212

Top PH 222H RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 212 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Lec/rec. PREREQS: Honors College approval required. Students must take COREQS: PH 212 or PH 212H.

Top PH 223 RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 213 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Lec/rec. Graded P/N. COREQS: PH 213

Top PH 223H RECITATION FOR PHYSICS 213 (1)  Offered in current or future terms
One-hour weekly session for the development of problem-solving skills in calculus-based general physics. Lec/rec. PREREQS: Honors College approval required. Students must take COREQS: PH 213 or PH 213H.

Top PH 265 SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (3) 
Basic computational tools and techniques for courses in science and engineering. Project approach to problem solving using symbolic and compiled languages with visualization. Basic computer literacy assumed. PREREQS: Concurrent enrollment in MTH 251.

Top PH 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PH 313 ENERGY ALTERNATIVES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Exploration of the challenges and opportunities posed by dwindling resources; physical and technological basis of our current energy alternatives; new or controversial technologies such as nuclear or solar power; overview of resource availability, patterns of energy consumption, and current governmental policies. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing and 12 credits of introductory science.

Top PH 314 INTRODUCTORY MODERN PHYSICS (4) 
An elementary introduction to relativity and quantum theory, emphasizing the experiments that revealed the limitations of classical physics. Applications include the properties of atoms, nuclei, and solids. Laboratory work accompanies lectures. Lec/lab. PREREQS: PH 213. COREQ: MTH 256.

Top PH 315 PHYSICS OF CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to thermal and quantum physics in the context of contemporary challenges faced by our society, such as power generation, energy efficiency, and global warming. PREREQS: PH 211

Top PH 331 SOUND, HEARING, AND MUSIC (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Basic course in the physics, technology, and societal implications of sound. Intended for students in nontechnical majors. Topics include wave motion, hearing and the perception of sound, noise pollution, music and musical instruments, architectural acoustics, and sound recording and reproduction. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing and one year of university science, or instructor approval required.

Top PH 332 LIGHT, VISION, AND COLOR (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Basic physics of light, optical instruments (lenses, telescopes, microscopes), the eye and visual perception, colors, photography, environmental lighting, lasers and holography. For nontechnical majors. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing and one year of university science or instructor approval required.

Top PH 335 TECHNIQUES OF THEORETICAL MECHANICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian classical mechanics. Special relativity with relativistic mechanics. PREREQS: Recommended prerequisites are PH 212 and MTH 254.

Top PH 365 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS LAB (1)  Offered in current or future terms
A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence. PREREQS: PH 213 [C-] and this course is expected to be taken alongside the Paradigms.

Top PH 366 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS LAB (1)  Offered in current or future terms
A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence. PREREQS: PH 213 [C-] and this course is expected to be taken alongside the Paradigms.

Top PH 367 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS LAB (1)  Offered in current or future terms
A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence. PREREQS: PH 213 [C-] and this course is expected to be taken alongside the Paradigms.

Top PH 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PH 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PH 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
A research project under the supervision of a faculty member, whose approval must be arranged by the student in advance of registration. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PH 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
A research project leading to a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member, whose approval must be arranged by the student in advance of registration. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PH 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
An independent study project under the supervision of a faculty member, whose approval must be arranged by the student in advance of registration. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PH 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Departmental seminars or colloquium. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PH 407H SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Departmental seminars or colloquium. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PH 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PH 411 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Circuit theory. Passive dc and ac circuits including filters, resonance, complex impedance and Fourier analysis. Operational amplifiers, gates and combinational logic. Semiconductor principles, diodes, transistors, BJTs and FETs. Multiplexing, flip-flops and sequential logic, 555 timer, registers and memory, DAC, ADC. PREREQS: PH 213

Top PH 412 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (3) 
Circuit theory. Passive dc and ac circuits including filters, resonance, complex impedance and Fourier analysis. Operational amplifiers, gates and combinational logic. Semiconductor principles, diodes, transistors, BJTs and FETs. Multiplexing, flip-flops and sequential logic, 555 timer, registers and memory, DAC, ADC. PREREQS: PH 314* and PH 411

Top PH 415 COMPUTER INTERFACING AND INSTRUMENTATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Applications of computers as scientific instruments, with emphasis on hardware and instrumentation, online data acquisition, and computer control of experiments. PREREQS: Upper-division or graduate standing; PH 412/PH 512 or equivalent background in electronics; and instructor approval required. Departmental approval required.

Top PH 422 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: STATIC FIELDS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Theory of static electric, magnetic, and gravitational potentials and fields using the techniques of vector calculus in three dimensions. PREREQS: PH 213 and MTH 255

Top PH 423 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: ENERGY AND ENTROPY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Thermodynamics and canonical statistical mechanics. PREREQS: PH 213

Top PH 424 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: OSCILLATIONS AND WAVES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Dynamics of mechanical and electrical oscillation using Fourier series and integrals; time and frequency representations for driven damped oscillators, resonance; one-dimensional waves in classical mechanics and electromagnetism; normal modes. PREREQS: PH 213 and PH 411 and MTH 256

Top PH 425 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: QUANTUM FUNDAMENTALS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to quantum mechanics through Stern-Gerlach spin measurements. Probability, eigenvalues, operators, measurement, state reduction, Dirac notation, matrix mechanics, time evolution. Quantum behavior of a one-dimensional well. PREREQS: PH 213. COREQ: MTH 341

Top PH 426 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: CENTRAL FORCES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Gravitational and electrostatic forces; angular momentum and spherical harmonics, separation of variables in classical and quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom. PREREQS: PH 213 and PH 422 and PH 425. COREQ: PH 335

Top PH 427 PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS: PERIODIC SYSTEMS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Quantum waves in position and momentum space; Bloch waves in one-dimensional periodic systems, and the reciprocal lattice; coupled harmonic oscillators; phonons. PREREQS: PH 424 and PH 425. COREQ: PH 315

Top PH 431 CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: ELECTROMAGNETISM (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Static electric and magnetic fields in matter, electrodynamics, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves, wave guides, dipole radiation. PREREQS: (PH 424 or 524) and (PH 426 or PH 526)

Top PH 435 CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: CLASSICAL MECHANICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics: single-particle motion, collisions, variational methods, and normal coordinate description of coupled oscillators. PREREQS: (PH 424 or PH 524) and (PH 426 or PH 526)

Top PH 441 CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: THERMAL AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Entropy and quantum mechanics; canonical Gibbs probability; ideal gas; thermal radiation; Einstein and Debye lattices; grand canonical Gibbs probability; ideal Fermi and Bose gases; chemical reactions and phase transformations. PREREQS: (PH 423 or PH 523) and (PH 451 or PH 551)

Top PH 451 CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: QUANTUM MECHANICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Wave mechanics, Schroedinger equation, operators, harmonic oscillator, identical particles, atomic fine structure, approximation methods and applications. PREREQS: (PH 424 or PH 524) and (PH 425 or PH 525) and (PH 426 or PH 526)

Top PH 455 ASTROPHYSICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Physics of stars and the cosmos. PREREQS: PH 213; PH 315 or equivalent junior-level background in modern physics and thermodynamics.

Top PH 461 CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS: MATHEMATICAL METHODS (3) 
Complex algebra, special functions, partial differential equations, series solutions, complex integration, calculus of residues. PREREQS: (PH 424 or PH 524) and (PH 426 or PH 526) and MTH 256

Top PH 464 SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Mathematical, numerical, and conceptual elements forming foundations of scientific computing: computer hardware, algorithms, precision, efficiency, verification, numerical analysis, algorithm scaling, profiling, and tuning. Lec/lab.

Top PH 465 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS (3) 
The use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered include models and applications ranging from classical mechanics and electromagnetism to modern solid state and particle physics. PREREQS: PH 464 or PH 564

Top PH 481 PHYSICAL OPTICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Wave propagation, polarization, interference, diffraction, and selected topics in modern optics. PREREQS: (PH 431 or PH 531) or equivalent.

Top PH 482 OPTICAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Photodetectors, laser theory, and laser systems. Lec/lab. CROSSLISTED as ECE 482/ECE 582. PREREQS: ECE 391 or (PH 481 or PH 581) or equivalent.

Top PH 483 GUIDED WAVE OPTICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Optical fibers, fiber mode structure and polarization effects, fiber interferometry, fiber sensors, optical communication systems. Lec/lab. CROSSLISTED as ECE 483/ECE 583. PREREQS: (ECE 391* or PH 481*)

Top PH 495 INTRODUCTION TO PARTICLE AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS (3) 
Elementary particles and forces, nuclear structure and reactions. PREREQS: PH 451 or PH 551

Top PH 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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