# Course Offerings

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## Spring 2018▲

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). Laboratory course with fee.

### Supervised Study Abroad: Particle Physics at CERN

**PHYS 125 - Mazilu, Irina / Mazilu, Dan A.**

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.

## Winter 2018▲

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### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Sukow, David W.**

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 - 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 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.**

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. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Khalifa, Moataz**

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory course with fee.

### 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 with fee.

### FS: First-year Seminar

**PHYS 180 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

A seminar for first-year students.

Winter 2018, PHYS 180-01: FS: Re-creating Great Experiments in Physics (3). First-year seminar. Prerequisite: First-year standing. When thinking about the principles and equations of physics, we often wonder, "How did they come up with that?" Follow in the footsteps of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as you re-create some of the greatest experiments in the history of physics and explore physics' biggest ideas by examining the lives and philosophical impact of its most illustrious pioneers. Students read about and discuss the historical context and philosophical implications of these experiments, re-create and iteratively improve upon their ground-breaking discoveries, and demonstrate their proficiency in critical and quantitative analysis through short, weekly writing assignments and a research paper. No background in physics or mathematics beyond high school algebra is required. Laboratory course. (SL) McClain.

### 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; ordinary and partial differential equations.

### Materials Science

**PHYS 260 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.**

An introduction to solid state materials. Study of the relation between microstructure and corresponding physical properties for metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.

### 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 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.

### Senior Thesis

**PHYS 473 - Mazilu, Irina**

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 2017▲

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 - 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.