# Course Offerings

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## Spring 2016▲

See complete information about these courses in the **course offerings database**. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

### Physics and Perception of Music

**PHYS 102 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)**

Explores physical principles of sound production and music perception. Hands-on investigation is emphasized. Topics include: wave properties and propagation, harmonic series and spectral analysis, tuning temperaments, response of the human ear. auditory processing, room acoustics, audio recording and reproduction technologies, characterization of various instrument families (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and voice).

### Supervised Study Abroad: Particle Physics at CERN

**PHYS 125 - Mazilu, Irina**

This course introduces students to basic theoretical and phenomenological concepts of the structure of matter at the atomic and nuclear level. Students learn about the fundamental particles and their interactions in the context of the groundbreaking experiments that are underway at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), the world's leader in particle physics research and the host of the Large Hadron Collider. The course includes traditional lectures as well as seminar-type workshops and computational projects, and culminates with a ten-day trip to Switzerland to visit CERN, Geneva, and Bern.

### FS: First-year Seminar

**PHYS 180 - Khalifa, Moataz**

A seminar for first-year students.

Spring 2016, PHYS 180-01: FS: Introduction to Nanoscience (4). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing. An interdisciplinary introduction to the emerging field of nanoscience. The course covers a broad range of topics: fundamentals of nanoscience, self-assembled nanostructures with applications to nanomedicine, graphene, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots. Students discuss current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science, and gain experience in scientific writing, literature surveys, and improve their presentation skills. This course Includes traditional lectures as well as seminar-type workshops and "hands-on" lab projects using the scanning electron microscope and the thin-film lab on campus. (SL) Khalifa .

### Numerical Methods for Engineering and Physics

**PHYS 255 - Lin, Fei**

This course introduces students to computer programming and a variety of numerical methods used for computation-intensive work in engineering and physics. Numerical integration, difference approximations to differential equations, stochastic methods, graphical presentation, and nonlinear dynamics are among the topics covered. Students need no previous programming experience.

## Winter 2016▲

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### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Khalifa, Moataz**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Lin, Fei**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Lin, Fei**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.**

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Khalifa, Moataz**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Lin, Fei**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

### Electricity and Magnetism

**PHYS 220 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

An introduction to the classical theory of electric and magnetic fields. The basic equations of electromagnetism (Maxwell's equations) are developed through a study of electrostatics, steady-state magnetism, and electromagnetic induction.

### Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

**PHYS 225 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)**

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem.

### Newtonian Mechanics

**PHYS 230 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

A thorough study of Newton's laws of motion, rigid body motion, and accelerated reference frames. A student may not receive degree credit for both ENGN 204 and PHYS 230.

### Nuclear Physics

**PHYS 315 - Mazilu, Irina**

Topics include radioactivity, nuclear reactions, high-energy physics, and elementary particles.

### Statistical Physics

**PHYS 345 - Mazilu, Irina**

A study of the statistical methods used in various branches of physics. The Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions are derived and applied to problems in thermodynamics and the physics of solids.

### Directed Individual Study

**PHYS 402 - Mazilu, Irina**

Advanced work and reading in topics selected by the instructor to fit special needs of advanced students. This course may be repeated with permission for a total of six credits.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina**

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 423 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

### Senior Thesis

**PHYS 473 - Khalifa, Moataz**

Culminates in the writing of a thesis on original scholarship undertaken with the guidance of a faculty adviser. May also involve additional research in physics, individual or group conferences with the faculty adviser, literature review, interim reports, and dissemination activities.

## Fall 2015▲

See complete information about these courses in the **course offerings database**. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Sukow, David W.**

An introduction to classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include Newton's laws, wave motion, and the laws of thermodynamics. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

An introduction to classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include Newton's laws, wave motion, and the laws of thermodynamics. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Lin, Fei**

An introduction to classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include Newton's laws, wave motion, and the laws of thermodynamics. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Irina**

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Irina**

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Lin, Fei**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Khalifa, Moataz**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Mazilu, Irina**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### Special Topics in Contemporary Physics

**PHYS 195 - Khalifa, Moataz**

Topics in contemporary physics, including classical and modern physics principles that form the foundation for the contemporary work. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different, up to a total of 8 credits. (FDR designation of SL or SC determined for each offering) Offered when departmental resources permit.

Fall 2015, PHYS 195-01: Introduction to Contemporary Physics and Nanoscience (4). This introductory course aims to examine the history and development of the scientific thought process. Physics exemplifies the depth and the trajectory taken by human reasoning in its attempts to understand the universe and our place in it. Starting with ancient Greek mythology, astronomy, mathematics, and physics, we trace the development of physics all the way to the age of nanotechnology. The course covers ideas and technology that revolutionized our lives, using extensive readings selected from textbooks and scientific journal papers and includes hands-on experiments that examine some of the key concepts examined in lecture. Laboratory course. (SL) Khalifa. Fall 2015

### Electrical Circuits

**PHYS 207 - Silwal, Rupesh**

A detailed study of electrical circuits and the methods used in their analysis. Basic circuit components, as well as devices such as operational amplifiers, are investigated. The laboratory acquaints the student both with fundamental electronic diagnostic equipment and with the design and behavior of useful circuits. Laboratory course.

### Modern Physics

**PHYS 210 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

An introduction to the physics of the atom, including the wave description of matter and quantum mechanics, and the experiments that led to the theory. Selected topics from atomic, molecular, nuclear, statistical, and solid state physics are discussed; the choice of topics may vary from year to year.

### Thermodynamics

**PHYS 240 - Kuehner, Joel P.**

A study of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of matter, and applications to engineering processes.

### Quantum Mechanics

**PHYS 340 - Sukow, David W.**

A study of the postulates and formalism of quantum theory emphasizing the Schroedinger approach. The probabilistic theory is applied to one-dimensional bound and scattering states and the three-dimensional central force problem. Investigation of spin and angular momentum, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, indistinguishable particles, and perturbation theory. Mathematical formalism includes operators, commutators, Hilbert space, and Dirac notation.

### Directed Individual Study

**PHYS 401 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Advanced work and reading in topics selected by the instructor to fit special needs of advanced students. This course may be repeated with permission for a total of six credits.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina**

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.