Course Offerings

Winter 2019

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General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Sukow, David W.

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

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Mazilu, Irina

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

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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

General Physics II

PHYS 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.

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

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

Electronics

PHYS 208 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

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.

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 - 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.

Modeling and Simulation of Physical Systems

PHYS 265 - Mazilu, Irina

An introduction to the innovative field of modeling and analysis of complex physical systems from such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, ecology, epidemiology, and a wide range of interdisciplinary, emerging fields such as econophysics and sociophysics. Topics vary according to faculty expertise and student interest. The goal is to seek the underlying physics laws that govern such seemingly diverse systems and to provide contemporary mathematical and computational tools for studying and simulating their dynamics. Includes traditional lectures as well as workshops and computational labs, group presentations, and seminars given by invited speakers

Optics

PHYS 285 - 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.

Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

PHYS 295A - Mazilu, Dan A.

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 2019, PHYS 295A-01: Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 210. Significant ideas and developments in modern and contemporary physics. The topics covered are from different areas of physics, such as general relativity (gravitational redshift, black holes and wormholes), cosmology (evidence of the Big Bang, stellar evolution, dark matter, gravitational waves), condensed matter physics (superconductivity and its applications, semiconductor theory and devices), and nanoscience (nanolithography, self-assembly and self-organization, scanning probe microscopes, nanomaterials and nanostructures). D. Mazilu.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Fall 2018

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General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Irina

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

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)

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

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Dan A.

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

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Mazilu, Dan A.

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

PHYS 151 - Sukow, David W.

Appropriate for non-science majors. 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.

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.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Spring 2018

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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.