# Course Offerings

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## Spring 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.

### Physics and Perception of Music

**PHYS 102 - Erickson**

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).

### Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

**PHYS 151 - Sukow**

An introduction to the physics and astronomy of stellar systems and the universe. Topics include the formation and lifecycle of stars, stellar systems, galaxies, and the universe as a whole according to "Big Bang" cosmology. Observational aspects of astronomy are also emphasized, including optics and telescopes, star maps, and knowledge of constellations. Geometry, trigonometry algebra and logarithms are used in the course. Laboratory course.

### FS: First-year Seminar

**PHYS 180 - Mazilu**

Spring 2015 topic:

PHYS 180: 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) I. Mazilu. Spring 2015 and alternate years

### Numerical Methods for Engineering and Physics

**PHYS 255 - Cook**

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 2015▲

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### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Mazilu, Williams (Multiple Sections)**

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**

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 Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Cook, Cumming, Williams (Multiple Sections)**

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

### Electronics

**PHYS 208 - Erickson**

An introduction to practical analog and digital electronics emphasizing design, construction, and measurement of circuits in the laboratory. Topics may include diode wave-shaping circuits, transistor audio amplifiers, power supplies, oscillators, data converters (A/D and D/A), Boolean logic gates, programmable logic devices, flip-flops, counters, data storage and retrieval, and a survey of emerging technologies.

### Optics

**PHYS 215 - Sukow**

A study of the properties of electromagnetic waves with special emphasis on visible light. Wave descriptions are developed for scattering, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Topics in geometrical optics are also studied, including lenses and aberration theory. Laboratory course.

### Electricity and Magnetism

**PHYS 220 - Mazilu**

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 - Cook**

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**

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.

### Statistical Physics

**PHYS 345 - Mazilu**

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 401 - Mazilu**

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 - Cook, Mazilu (Multiple Sections)**

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

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu**

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

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Mazilu**

Honors Thesis.

## Fall 2014▲

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 - Mazilu, Sukow, Williams (Multiple Sections)**

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 (Multiple Sections)**

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 Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Cook, Cumming, Williams (Multiple Sections)**

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

### The Immense Journey: Harmonices Mundi

**PHYS 150 - Cook**

The classical astronomy of the solar system is traced by a study of Greek astronomy and the revolutionary ideas of Kepler and Newton. The apparent and real motions of the earth, moon, and planets are studied in detail, as well as special phenomena such as eclipses, tides, and objects such as comets and asteroids. Emphasis is on comprehension and application of principles rather than memorization of facts. The laboratory stresses the observational aspects of astronomy. Elementary geometry, algebra, and trigonometry are used in the course. Laboratory course.

### Electrical Circuits

**PHYS 207 - Erickson**

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**

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**

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

### Quantum Mechanics

**PHYS 340 - Sukow**

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**

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 - Cook, Mazilu (Multiple Sections)**

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

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Mazilu**

Honors Thesis.