Course Offerings

Fall 2017

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General Physics I

PHYS 111 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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 111A - Mazilu, Irina

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 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Khalifa, Moataz

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

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)

Fall 2017, PHYS 195-01: Special Topics in Contemporary Physics: Introduction to Contemporary Physics and Nanoscience (4). This course aims to examine some of the most recent developments in the world of nanoscience and their technological applications. To attain a deeper understanding of the impact of such advances, we start by studying fundamental physics principles and then examine the laws that govern the physical world on the nanoscale such as atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Among the applications we investigate are nanoelectronics, material science and engineering on the nanoscale, nanobiotechnology, and nanomedicine. Students are exposed to many fascinating ideas that revolutionized our life and technology through readings from textbooks and scientific journal papers. The lab component offers a chance to perform hands-on experiments that examine some of the key concepts covered in the lecture. (SL) Khalifa.

Electrical Circuits

PHYS 207 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

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 - Sukow, David W.

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.

Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

PHYS 295A - Mazilu, Irina

Intermediate work in nuclear physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter, complex systems, nanotechnology, astrophysics, computational physics, or other topics according to faculty expertise and student interest. May be repeated for degree credit for a maximum of six credits with permission and if the topics are different.

Fall 2017, PHYS 295A-01: Intermediate Special Topics: Applications of Physics to Social Sciences (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 112 and MATH 102. An interdisciplinary introduction to the innovative fields of sociophysics and econophysics. Using physics methods and computer simulations, students study a variety of topics such as agent-based models for socio-economic communities; opinion propagation of brands or political preferences; voter models; social networks; crowd control and traffic models; and big-data pattern recognition models. This course includes traditional lectures as well as workshops and computational labs, individual and group research projects, and seminars given by invited speakers. Mazilu, I.

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.

Spring 2017

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Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

PHYS 151 - Sukow, David W.

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.

Winter 2017

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General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

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 - Assi, Hiba M.

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 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)

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

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

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

Electrical Circuits

PHYS 207 - Khalifa, Moataz

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.

Electronics

PHYS 208 - Khalifa, Moataz

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, David W.

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.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

PHYS 225 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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; ordinary and partial differential equations.

Newtonian Mechanics

PHYS 230 - Assi, Hiba M.

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.

Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

PHYS 295 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

Intermediate work in nuclear physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter, complex systems, nanotechnology, astrophysics, computational physics, or other topics according to faculty expertise and student interest. May be repeated for degree credit for a maximum of six credits with permission and if the topics are different.

Winter 2017, PHYS 295-01: Computational Physics (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 111 and 112. Students review and learn computational and modeling techniques commonly used by engineers and scientists in various disciplines. We examine disciplines such as orbital mechanics, spacecraft propulsion, aeronautics, heat transfer, space physics, fluid dynamics, acoustics, plasma physics, gravitational wave astronomy, biophysics and a few others based upon interest. When possible, we match computational results with actual data for comparison and learn techniques such as finite elements and computational discretization of differential equations. MatLab software is used. Keady.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

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